Humble beginnings and hard work
Grace Yan learned early in life that to make your dreams come true, hard work and determination are two keys to success and that there are no shortcuts.
After her family immigrated to Canada from Manila, Philippines in 1980, Grace saw first-hand the effort and hours it required to make her family’s small business in Calgary a success.
Grace’s dad Gil and mother Arceli have been major inspirations in her life. Her mother – who was a math teacher in the Philippines – demonstrated that it’s possible to be successful in more than one calling, serving as a registered nurse at three different Calgary hospitals in a career spanning 40 years before her passing in 2015.
Grace initially pursued a career as a paralegal in 1991, helping people from all walks of life. She branched out into a successful career in real estate with several firms and is currently a Director of Sales and Marketing at Coldwell Banker MC Commercial.
Through both professions, Grace has developed several valuable skills, including the importance of collaboration and the art of negotiation. They continue to serve her well today, and will be an asset as the next Mayor of Calgary.
Giving back to the community
Grace has juggled her busy career by serving on several community Boards along with the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Alberta Paralegal Association. She also gained valuable international experience as a past NAFTA Alberta Director for the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals.
In recognition of her contributions and accomplishments, she has received several honours, including a Women of Influence award in 2019 and pair of Distinctive Women of Canada awards.
Grace also supports several charities, including Pancreatic Cancer Canada and the B+ Foundation – the latter a children’s cancer charity.
Calgary is Confident, Courageous
Calgary deserves leadership which reflects the strength of the community. We are facing unprecedented challenges, and I believe that I am the leader Calgary needs to recover, to rebuild, and to lead to a prosperous future for all.
"My focus and vision is a
Calgary where businesses
grow and families thrive."
Calgary is the best city to live, work, learn and play. We are a city made of hardworking doers and innovators who take pride in our history. We cherish moments and relationships. We can strive to create a future where everyone can realize their potential.
Integrity, Optimism, Solutions, Results
I will bring those values as your Mayor.
I will be by your side supporting big and small businesses, youth, arts, education, innovation, sports, non-profits, and economic development.
Calgary, I am your relentless advocate today and always.
I stand here, with you, and for you, Calgary!
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