Jenny Wai Ching Kwan
- For the California Dreams actress, please see Jennie Kwan.
: 關慧貞) is a Hong Kong
-born Canadian politician
. She is currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly
(MLA) of British Columbia
, and a senior member of the provincial caucus of the New Democratic Party
Kwan immigrated to Canada
at age 9 from Hong Kong
. She speaks both English and Cantonese. She graduated from Simon Fraser University
with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
and was a community legal advocate in Vancouver
's Downtown Eastside
before entering politics. Jenny currently lives in East Vancouver
, with her husband, daughter, son and stepson.
Short film acting appearance
Between the 2001 and 2005 elections, Kwan was invited by director Ling Chiu
to play the part of eldest sister
in the 2004 short film A Fortune In Frozen Dim Sum
Vancouver city councillor
In 1993, Kwan became the youngest-ever member of Vancouver City Council
. She was the sole representative of the civic party known as COPE
throughout her term on council.
In 1996, Kwan entered provincial politics
deciding to run as the NDP
candidate for the electoral district of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
, in East Vancouver
. She successfully won her seat.
In her first legislative
term, Kwan she served in several positions, including as the......