Dr. Eric Yung has been a Richmond resident since 1975 and has attended Richmond’s public school system from Quilchena Elementary to graduation from Richmond High School. He has been very active in various local community organizations including roles as President of the Richmond District Parents Association (for the last 3 years), current Secretary of the International Development Assistance Society of Canada (IDAS), a member of the For Children We Care Fundraising committee for BC Children’s Hospital and was a founding member and Secretary of the Vancouver Freenet.
Eric received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UBC in 1993, and then moved to New York where he finished his Ph.D doing research on HIV at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He continued his post-doctoral research at Harvard University in Boston where he worked on cutting-edge gene therapy research. Now working at the Terry Fox Laboratories at the BC Cancer Research Centre, Eric is trying to understand the underlying causes leading to leukemia.
Eric has two young children, a daughter entering Grade 3 this year, and a son who is still in preschool. As such, he is passionate about ensuring that the next generation of children have the same opportunities as he did, growing up in Richmond. With key policies like all-day kindergarten, and a focus on personalized learning in the 21st century, Eric feels a renewed emphasis on our youngest children is required, and is happy to bring that to the trustee team.