Sarah Kirby-Yung

for Vancouver Park Board

Long committed to showcasing Vancouver’s diverse attractions, tourism-industry veteran Sarah Kirby-Yung is seeking election as Park Board Commissioner in Vancouver’s November municipal election.

Kirby-Yung is currently Executive Director, Marketing and Communications for Coast Hotels, a Vancouver-based international hotel group. She has also served as Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for Tourism Vancouver, as well as Vice-President, Marketing and Communications for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, where she profiled its conservation, research, and education programs.

I enthusiastically support Sarah Kirby-Yung’s candidacy for Vancouver Parks Board. Sarah is a brilliant marketer with a sharp and creative mind.  She is a strong communicator with a heightened level of social awareness.Robert Pratt, President, Coast Hotels

Kirby-Yung was involved in the international branding of Vancouver in advance of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and was instrumental in developing Dine Out Vancouver, which is now Canada’s largest restaurant festival.

A long time advocate for vibrant and connected communities, she has served as marketing chair for Vancouver’s annual Celebration of Light, and on the Tourism and Hospitality Management Advisory board for Royal Roads University, where she also taught MBA and Commerce students.
She was a member of the City of Vancouver’s Creative City Task Force, where she assisted in the development and adoption of a Creative City Strategy. Subsequently, she co-chaired the development of a Cultural Tourism Plan that was adopted by Vancouver City Council.

Kirby-Yung holds a degree from UBC, a marketing management diploma from BCIT, and an MBA from Royal Roads University.

Kirby-Yung lives in the Oakridge/Cambie neighbourhood with her husband.


Sarah Kirby-Yung: Putting the spirit and community back in the park board

I have had the opportunity to get to know Sarah over a number of years, as she has been a regular supporter at numerous community events. I believe that her passion for Vancouver together with her skills, experience and commitment, will make her an excellent Park Board Commissioner. I know Sarah will be a terrific leader in our community.Maggie Ip, Former Vancouver City Councillor Founding Chair of SUCCESS
I am thrilled that Sarah is committing herself to public service in this way.  Over the many years of our professional friendship beginning with her senior role with Tourism Vancouver, Sarah has exhibited her strong core values in improving, sustaining and strengthening our Community and her love of the City of Vancouver is infectious.Howard R. Jang, Simon Fraser University, Professor of Professional Practice | School for the Contemporary Arts, Director | SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit