Many people find elements of their cultural roots in the Garden, but for Lauren Chang the Garden is actually across the street from her family’s ancestral Vancouver home. A descendent of Yip Sang, Chinatown’s early pioneer, community leader and philanthropist, Lauren’s sense of person is deeply entwined with that of Chinatown, Pender Street and the Garden.
Lauren holds a collaborative Master of Arts degree in Political Science and Asia Pacific Studies from the University of Toronto. She studied Mandarin in Beijing on a Dr. David Chu Scholarship in Asia Pacific Studies and later worked in Jinan. She is the Development Manager for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, focused primarily on external relations, fundraising, and sponsorship. Prior to working at the Foundation, she worked in major gift fundraising and alumni relations for the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Applied Science. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and hold a certificate in Marketing Management – Fundraising Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Lauren recently moved to the International Village district on the west side of Chinatown, only a few blocks from her ancestral home. She was motivated to serve as a Garden Trustee because of the Garden’s important role in the neighbourhood – a beautiful, urban oasis for Chinatown within walking distance of her home. More than that, Lauren sees the Garden as a place where cultural understanding and communities can be fostered.
A strong supporter of philanthropic work and giving back to the community, Lauren serves on the Board’s Community Development Committee, contributing her expertise and and experience living abroad to the task of increasing funding and community support for the Garden and its many activities. She hopes to attract new communities to the Garden, particularly local residents in the neighbourhood.