School Board Candidate
Mental Health Clinician and Community Leader.
Sophia is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from HKU, and is a mental health clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health. She is a recipient of Outstanding Chinese Woman Award, 2007, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Sophia publishes in professional journals and medical educational booklets. She speaks at local, national and international conferences, co-ordinates community workshops and facilitates parents and family support groups.
It is Sophia’s goal to promote cultural harmony, school safety, emergency preparedness, mental health and parental involvement.
Community Involvement [before elected to VSB in 2011]
Board Member & Current Member, Rotary Club of Vancouver Chinatown
Board Member, Chinese Community Police Center
Board Member, Vancouver Association of Community Police Center
Board Member, Riverview Hospital
Chief Steward, Occupational Health & Safety, Health Science Association
Member, Arbutus Lions Club
Sophia is recognized for raising issues of public safety and opportunity for public participation in board decision making.
Sophia Woo was elected to the Vancouver School board in 2011 and seeks a second term as trustee in October election.
In her first term she was recognized and applauded for raising issues of public safety, opportunity for public participation in board decision making, and increasing transparency. She was named one of two Chinese Heroes in Politics in ten top newsmakers in 2014.
Sophia is running as opposition to provide opportunity for participation by an increasingly diverse population and full and insightful discussion of matters before the board. She listens to parents, staff and the public and is sensitive to the changing profile of public education.
Sophia Woo’s Background
Her background as a mental health clinician gives the VSB a key perspective on human
resource issues and youth behavior. She is able to deal with matters of a sensitive nature in a discrete way in the face of harsh and predatory political response.
In her professional role, Sophia is recognized by her peers for selfless devotion to fair play, transparency, and personal integrity. She is past Chief Steward, Community Mental Health, Health Science Association, Vancouver Coastal Health.
Sophia came to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1978 to attend secondary school. She is educated both here: a graduate of Simon Fraser University, post graduate diploma in Educational Psychology, University of Calgary; and, in Hong Kong with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from HKU.
Goal of Sophia Woo
One issue she is tracking is support for drug prevention. The prevention program is in danger of being restricted to triage. It needs to be providing education and prevention. Without her persistence, the drug prevention program would have been seriously cut in
2012 and again in 2013. Some argue mental health programs should be funded and
operated through Ministry of Health. This is unlikely to happen because Health mandate
emphasizes a clinical rather than education focus.
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