My Story

I (Vivian) was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to a single mother who immigrated to Canada from Taiwan, the Republic of China in 1980.  Shortly after I was born, we moved to Winnipeg. My first job was at McDonalds, where I am grateful to have learned the values of teamwork, organization and superior service. After graduating from high school, I studied to receive a diploma in Legal Administrative Assistant from Robertson College in 2001. I worked as a Legal Assistant for two large corporate commercial law firms in Downtown Winnipeg for 14 years. 

Together with my husband, we are currently raising our two young children in the community, together with my mother. I am a three-time Manitoba armwrestling provincial champion (both left and right arms!) and was awarded three Gold medals in the 2022 Canadian National armwrestling championship. I first got involved in the sport of arm wrestling when Mike Pagtakhan introduced me to the Manitoba Armwrestling Association in December 2015. I currently volunteer as the Vice-President of the Manitoba Armwrestling Association and Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Armwrestling Federation.

Vivian first entered City Hall as a volunteer and later staff to Mayor Brian Bowman in 2014. She transitioned from the Mayor’s Office and worked as Executive Assistant to the Point Douglas Ward predecessor, Mike Pagtakhan for 3 years.  On October 24, 2018, I successfully won the 2018 Civic Election to become the first female City Councillor for the Point Douglas Ward, as well as, the first Taiwan-Chinese Canadian to be elected to Winnipeg’s City Council.