Eric has been a Richmond resident since 1975 and attended all levels of Richmond’s public school system from elementary through secondary. Eric has been active in many community organizations including the International Development Assistance Society of Canada (IDAS), For Children We Care Fundraising committee for the Children’s Hospital, and is currently a voting member on the Insurance Council of BC. From 2008-2011, Eric was the President of the Richmond District Parents’ Association and in 2011 he was elected as a Trustee. Since then, Eric has chaired the Education Committee, and been the representative to the City’s Sister City Advisory Committee, and BC School Trustees Association.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UBC, and a Ph.D in Molecular Genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. After receiving his doctorate, he continued his research at Harvard University in Boston where he worked in cutting-edge gene therapy research. Eric is currently employed at the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Research Centre trying to motivate patients’ immune systems to attack solid tumours. Along with his wife Grace, Eric is raising two children, Megan (11) and Evan (6) in Richmond.
Eric feels that overseeing the changes in the curriculum and individualized learning and assessment for K-3 is crucial for our youngest children. The increasing need for inclusive learning and special needs children will also need careful attention. Eric is passionate about ensuring that the next generation of children has the same excellent opportunities as he did, growing up in Richmond.
Eric considers our greatest challenge is meeting the needs of our children with diminishing resources. He will continue to advocate for stable and increased funding for our school district. He will carefully examine all expenditures, remembering that Our Focus is on the Learner.