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Best of Richmond 2023: A moment with Serena Lusk

The City of Richmond’s newest CAO, Serena Lusk, has a not-so-secret hidden gem of a park in Richmond.
The City of Richmond’s newest CAO, Serena Lusk, has a not-so-secret hidden gem of a park in Richmond, Paulik Park. She also has a chocolate Labrador called Cali to enjoy Richmond’s trails with her.

The Best of Richmond 2023 special section published in our print edition out this week. Click here to see all the profiles of outstanding citizens and the businesses with the most votes in their respective categories.

A resident of Richmond since 2002 and married to a lifelong Richmondite, Serena Lusk is well-connected with the community and enjoys the diversity and culture it offers.

Lusk joined the City of Richmond in 2005 and progressed through the organization, embracing management roles and growing responsibilities within the Community Services Division in both Parks and Recreation.

She became a member of the City’s Senior Management Team in 2017, as general manager of Community Services, and took on further responsibilities as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer in 2020, primarily responsible for the City’s pandemic response.

In July 2022, Lusk was appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve city council, the dedicated team of city staff and everyone who lives, works and plays in the community.

Q & A

What do you like best about Richmond?

The people, the diversity and the connections. Whenever I meet someone new, it is not long before we find we have some other Richmond connection in common.

How do you stay healthy in Richmond?

Walking with my chocolate lab, Cali, on our many trails and in our parks. 

What’s your favourite area of nature in Richmond?

Can I choose two? Terra Nova Rural Park — the long history of the site combined with the new features like the play environment offer a day’s worth of enjoyment; Shell Road Trail — I love the meditative nature of the straight path, along with seeing the foliage change from season to season.     

What song best describes Richmond?

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Richmond is great any time of year!

Where in Richmond do you to take out-of-town guests?

A whole day tour — Garry Point, Steveston Village, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the ROX and Richmond Olympic Oval, then dinner in the Golden Village.

What is one of Richmond’s hidden gems?

Paulik Park – although it may not be hidden anymore.