28 January 2015


Executive Director, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society of Vancouver.  Canada

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Executive Director since 2006, Kathy Gibler has been an integral part of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society for 14 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she was on the Board of Trustees for seven years and served the Garden as a docent, tour guide, and president of volunteers. Kathy brings a rare combination of business acumen, cultural understanding and a clear vision of the Chinese Garden’s role in the community.

Kathy believes the Chinese Garden is a vital cultural connector between Asian and other cultures and has spearheaded a vibrant program of horticultural exhibitions, concerts, education, festivals, interactive theatre and recently developed the first Master Gardener Course about Classical Chinese Gardens. She sees the Garden as increasingly crucial to the neighbourhood, the city and the world as a rare sanctuary in a world where the pace of life continues to accelerate.