Community Council Chair
Vivian Wakabayashi Rygnestad is a retired school principal and lives in Richmond B.C. She is committed to learning, understanding, honoring, preserving and teaching others about Japanese Canadian history. Along with her extended family in B.C. and Toronto, she has been active within the Japanese Canadian community for many years. She is currently working with two book committees on Japanese Canadian history: “Honouring our People” (stories of our elders), and “Pidgin English” (preserving our oral history). She is President of the B.C. Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association, and has experience working with school districts, teachers, and principals/vice-principals as a presenter and facilitator in professional development. She hopes that “Landscapes of Injustice” will lead to open dialogue and further deep learning to prevent such injustices in the future. In 2015, Vivian was honoured as one of UBC’s Outstanding Alumni from the Faculty of Education.