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Richmond leaders share New Year’s Eve plans

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:17 PST, Thu December 31, 2020

Last Updated: 10:31 PST, Thu December 31, 2020

Kenny Chiu, MP Steveston-Richmond East

What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?

Have a big dinner with my wife and two university-aged kids, and of course my dog Nugget. I’ll also call my 85-year-old mother, who’s stranded and too scared to come home from a supposed four-month visit with relatives that turned into a year of stress and uncertainty. And, I’m also going to binge watch The Crown with my wife.

What are your hopes and goals for 2021?

For Canada: speedy recovery and national unity. Personally, I want to be an even more effective local representative of Steveston-Richmond East in Ottawa, through a strengthened presence in and interaction via social media and electronic outreach as well as in person canvasing (safe & physically distanced).


Shaena Furlong, acting co-CEO, Richmond Chamber of Commerce

What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?

One thing this year has given us is a lot of quality time spent with the people we live with. I’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with my partner, our dog, and some takeout sushi. 

What are your hopes and goals for 2021?

I hope the spirit of collaboration that emerged so strongly in 2020 is here to stay. I want to work with local businesses and elected officials to make sure every Richmond employer is on track for recovery. Like many, I’ve missed seeing old friends and meeting new people. So, I’m looking forward to welcoming back the business community with some fantastic events as soon as it’s safe to do so. 


Sandra Nixon, chairperson, Richmond School Board

What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?

Playing board games with my spouse and kids (Monopoly, Clue and Settlers of Catan).

What are your hopes and goals for 2021?

Hopes: that all students will be back in classes with their friends and teachers; that the “new normal” will be more loving, creative and adaptive; and that the world will be able to turn its attention back to addressing climate change and other important issues.

Goals: Don’t take being with others for granted; give a lot of hugs; keep baking bread.


Susan Walters, Chief Librarian, Richmond Public Library

What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?

Like all of us, my NYE plans look a little different this year, but I still plan on enjoying a special meal with friends over Zoom and if the weather is good, my little household will head out on an evening neighbourhood bike ride to catch the lights and decorations before they disappear and then head home for some bubbly to reflect on all of the best things about 2020 and what’s to come in 2021.

What are your hopes and goals for 2021?

While we still have to keep to our household bubbles for a little longer, I’m hoping to make some reading progress on my “shelve for later” booklist—even though I work in a library and have easy access to books, I always want to read more than I possibly have time for. And when the travel restrictions are lifted, I can’t wait to head out on mini road trips to explore more of our beautiful province as there are so many places I want to see and experience.


Tim Wilkinson, Fire Chief, Richmond Fire-Rescue

What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?

My wife and I get together with our children and our grandchild, but (this year) on a Zoom call—get everyone together and just have a nice family conversation like we would if we were in the room together. Our kids are adults now, but both of them are in Richmond, and in fact my daughter is only a couple of doors down. It’s interesting being so close yet almost so far.

What are your hopes and goals for 2021?

My No. 1 goal: I hope and pray that everyone’s healthy and well and coming through this difficult time with their mental health in good state. As much as the pandemic is hard on us physically, mentally I think it’s every bit as hard and for some folks probably harder.

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