This is Steven Sun, the City Councillor Candidate for Ward 2 of Markham. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to introduce myself.
I immigrated to Canada twenty-five years ago with four suitcases filled with books and personal belongings. After being given greater opportunities and through personal development, reflection, sweat and hard work, I am now a successful professional, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community leader. It is time for me to give back to the community that has given me so much.
My family moved to Markham in 2001, the same year I graduated from McMaster University with a master’s degree and I started working for IBM Canada. I became a proud Canadian in this city in 2002 when my twin boys were born. Four years later, I became a realtor and founded Global Link Realty with my partners in Markham; since then, I have helped hundreds of families search for homes and settle in Markham.
I currently serve as the President of the Canada China Realty Professional Association (CCRPA) with headquarters in Markham. CCRPA represents over ten thousand professional members across the nation. I also had the great honor of being elected as the director of Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) in March 2022. (To comply with RECO’s policy, I have resigned from the RECO board in preparation for running in this upcoming municipal election).
As a philanthropist, my family and I have been supporting and contributing to various organizations that support our diverse communities over the past two decades including local communities, senior residences, senior community foundations, as well as eight hospitals across Ontario. I am currently the chair of CCRPA Yee Hong Hero Fundraising which aims to raise $1,000,000.00 for the Yee Hong Senior Community.
My services and dedication have been recognized over the years, and I have been humbled to be the recipient of several awards including the Markham Community Contribution Award, Ontario Volunteer Award, the most recently Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award, and many more.
Markham has given my family and me so much, now I am ready to step up and give back. I am running for municipal office to serve our community with all my passion and talents. Together with you, we are going to build a better Markham. I hope that I can earn the privilege of serving you and the Ward 2 for the next four years.
To learn more about the specific of my action plans, please visit my website as seen below. I look forward to meeting you during the campaign months, when I will discuss with you in person my campaign platform.