MARKHAM: Following a contested nomination that saw over 6,000 local Liberal members join the party, Markham City Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci was elected as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for the new riding of Markham—Unionville.
“We deserve a progressive provincial government that supports women at home and at work, provides families with quality health care and education, and grows the economy by leveraging our strengths and diversity in every sector,” said Collucci. “And, at the end of the work day, people should be able to get home in time for dinner, spend time with their children and enjoy other activities. I believe Ontario Liberals are the ones to keep delivering on this vision, and I’m honoured to be part of their team.”
Markham Mayor Scarpitti endorsed Collucci, saying, “I have witnessed Amanda’s commitment to public service, especially her advocacy for seniors and youth in our community. When she represents us at the province, I know that will result in good things for Markham.”
A mother of two, Amanda Yeung Collucci immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in the 1990s, working her way to earn her high-school diploma and graduating from York University in economics. She then worked in sales and increasingly senior roles at IBM, before she became a small-business owner. She is an executive member of the Association of Chinese-Canadian Entrepreneurs, is a fund-raiser to support the Markham Stouffville Hospital and serves on her school council. She was the first Chinese-Canadian woman elected to Markham City Council, in 2014.