Whether as a business woman, community leader, or single mom, Helen Quan is known for her tenacity and her ability to connect with people.
Helen immigrated to Canada from Taiwan when she was in high school. She helpedher family start a successful restaurant business in Montreal. Already fluent in Taiwanese, Mandarin and Cantonese, Helen became fluent in English and some basic French.
Helen later moved to Vancouver and has been an active community leader across the region ever since. Throughoutthis journey, Helen has learned that the keys to community development are outreach, engagement, and participation.
Being a single mother was not easy, but Helen’s positive outlook and entrepreneurial spirit never wavered, and she was determined to build a better life for her two sons and her community.
Understanding the challenges facing immigrants, Helen’s career centered on easing the challenges for newcomers, such as helping them to navigate the steps necessary when establishing businesses. Helen currently operates an education centre for high school students.
Helen has spearheaded fundraisers and increased public awareness for charitable and community organizations such as: St. John’s Ambulance, RCMP Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, Sister City Advisory Committee, Lions Club, and Scouts Canada. An active community leader for over 26 years, Helen understands the challenges facing Vancouver-Kingsway. Helen also recognizes the great potential in this community and its people. Vancouver-Kingsway needs a Member of Parliament like Helen Quan.