One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
Kim was raised in Southern California and moved to Edmonton in 1990 after marrying her husband, whom she met as an exchange student while studying abroad at Yonsei University in in South Korea.
Kim worked diligently for many years earning both her Master’s degree in Library and information Studies from the University of Alberta, as well as undergraduate degrees in Politics and History from Southern Oregon University.
Before running for office, Kim spent nearly a decade as an Executive Assistant to former city councillor Larry Langley. This experience allowed her to hit the ground running as an elected official in 2004.
Kim has a legacy of combining mentorship and support for youth-driven initiatives with helping vulnerable Edmonton residents. Kim is particularly proud of her work with the city’s Youth Council in partnership with Boyle Street on Heart 2 Art, a homelessness education campaign that empowered young Edmonton artists and raised awareness and funds in support of Edmonton’s homeless community.
Sources: Office of the Councillors; krushellformayor.com