Viraat BK Thammanna
I traveled to Canada for the first time in 1988 while I was cycling around the world to create awareness about the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction amongst youth.
I returned to BC, to the city of Vancouver, during 1992 to attain higher education in a post-bachelor’s business administration degree on scholarship.
Being grateful for the scholarship, I wanted to give back. I sought out meaningful experiences, things I could advocate for, be a part of, and represent front and center. I skipped rope across BC to create awareness of:
- Health and fitness for mind and body for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon.
- 1994 Commonwealth Games Organization in Victoria, BC.
Then I started my management career with McDonalds, and moved onto Canadian Pacific Hotels, Holiday Inn, Group4 Securitas, and Nortel.
With the Canadian Forces, I gained military operation skills (search & rescue training, safety, damage control, maintenance, recruitment and military family conflict resolution).
After serving the country I had the choice of going back to work for singular gain, or to give back to the communities where I live. I gracefully chose to give back with contentment in my heart.
I reorganized my finances efficiently and effectively to ensure I could maintain a happy medium between both. Over the last 4 years I have been unconditionally volunteering full-time for the betterment of society, environment, and everyone from youth to seniors.
I work hard to give back at full capacity, using my knowledge and abilities for the positive transformation of our community and beyond.
I am looking forward to serving the city full-time as a city Councilor without conflicts of interests, and no personal business ownership. My existing financial stability will allow me to give all energy and devotion to shared goals of the community.