Helen Poon, Mid Island-Pacific Rim

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Helen Poon

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Get to Know Helen Poon

As a small business owner and affordable housing advocate, Port Alberni city councillor Helen Poon is driven by her dedication to her community.

After obtaining a law degree from SOAS University of London, Helen pursued her passion for serving the most vulnerable by developing safe, well-maintained affordable homes in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She also founded Barnsbury Capital, an organization dedicated to providing housing options free of discrimination for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, in partnership with refugee and immigrant organizations.

Inspired by its beauty and an economic vision for the future of the town, Helen moved to Port Alberni and became an owner-operator of a local hotel-pub — continuing her record of regional economic revival by restoring historic establishments.

She has since been a champion for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society by supporting its fundraising efforts, is a former board member of the Literacy Alberni Society and the Young Professionals of the Alberni Valley, and supports the Port Alberni overdose-prevention Community Action Team.

She was elected as a city councillor for Port Alberni in 2018 and was subsequently elected by her peers as a Director-at-Large on the board of the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) — providing her with an opportunity to further understand and advocate for municipal issues throughout the province.

Helen is dedicated to seeking a diversity of perspectives and unique ways to contribute to the Mid Island-Pacific Rim region through her legal background, entrepreneurial spirit, and community service.

"The communities of Mid Island-Pacific Rim need an MLA who will work hard to supplement foundational industries like forestry with expanded economic development opportunities that create good-paying, family-supporting jobs. As a small business owner directly impacted by COVID-19, I’m excited to work with Andrew Wilkinson and the renewed BC Liberal team to lead our recovery from the pandemic and deliver opportunity for all of BC."

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