My Best of Richmond: Anushka Kurian
Anushka Kurian is a proud Hugh Boyd Trojan in Grade 10 who’s lived in West Richmond for as long as she can remember. A youth reporter for the Review’s monthly youth section RView, Anushka is a passionate writer, speaker, and humanitarian. She enjoys volunteering within her community, whether that means working with kids or senior citizens in community centres, collaborating with the Rotary through her school’s Interact Club, or organizing fundraisers with Me to We.
What do you like best about Richmond?
“Easily its multiculturalism. As a teenager who’s spent her entire life in this beautiful city, I can say that I’ve had the privilege of growing up surrounded by diverse cultures and religious beliefs that co-exist in a community where everyone’s unique opinions are accepted and respected. Since my pre-school days I’ve experienced culture fairs and Chinese New Year assemblies through school and the community alike. The city creates an environment where everyone is a proud Richmondite while still maintaining their own unique cultural background, and that difference in each person is something that’s unanimously celebrated; it just creates a vibe of unity that’s really comforting within a community.
What’s the best place to take out-of-towners?
“Steveston Village. There’s everything you could possibly think for a great tourist destination to have: shopping, diverse food spots from quaint cafes to fine dining restaurants, gorgeous scenery along the boardwalk and through the streets, and with Garry Point a stone’s throw away. There’s also the historical significance, and of course, the friendly village feeling that makes it such a hot spot for all ages whenever the weather’s nice.”
Best hidden gem?
“I would have to say Minoru Park. While not necessarily unknown by Richmondites, I feel like the nature walkways in Minoru are one of Richmond’s finest places to go for a calm and relaxing experience. It’s a quiet area hidden in the midst of the busy Minoru track area and complex and the ever populated Westminster Highway. I love to go there to enjoy my surroundings, because between the absolutely gorgeous scenery and the adorable wildlife, it’s a wonderfully peaceful place to take a break from the sounds of the city and just breathe in Richmond’s most serene.”
“Cimona Cafe in Steveston Village. I’m a cafe person, and the quaint, homey atmosphere this diner gives as well as the top quality food (best yam fries I’ve ever eaten!) makes for a very satisfying lunch with a small party of people or on your own. The prices are reasonable and the service is good, and it’s smack in the center of Steveston Village with ice cream for dessert just around the corner—what’s not to love?”
Best thing you’d like to see in Richmond?
“An end to the teacher’s strike! I think it’s terrible right now that teachers can’t spend lunch hours in their classrooms and are only allowed to be in their classrooms 45 minutes before and after school. A day of school was cancelled on the 27th and teachers are not able to go to any grad events, which means many may be cancelled, but more importantly that teachers won’t have the chance to see their students graduate after five years of achievements and growth unless things change. I’d love to see the strike resolved so that the school year can end on a good note for students and teachers alike.”