Councillor Ken Herar
Acting Mayor: March/September
Ken Herar has served on Council since 2018.
Born and raised in Mission, Herar is a proud family member of a pioneer Sikh family. He regularly speaks on topics of race-relations and cultural polarization issues at organizations and schools, as well as on television and radio.
In 2007, Herar received the “Champion of Diversity” at the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards. He also received the Arts and Culture Service Award and a Certificate of Accomplishment from the District of Mission. He was extremely honored to be the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty in 2012 for multiculturalism and public service.
Herar was proud to receive the Community/Literary Ambassador Award, from the Writer’s International Network in 2014. He also received the Breaking Barriers recognition at the 8th Annual South Asian Darpan Extra Ordinary Awards. He was bestowed with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from Rotary International. He is a multi-award-winning athlete, an active tennis player in which he holds a former provincial and national ranking.
Herar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of the Fraser Valley and completed a second Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in General Studies.
He founded the Cycling4Diversity Foundation and acts as its current Director. The mandate of Cycling4Diversity is to work with citizens promoting diversity and inclusion. To date, they’ve had the pleasure of presenting to over 150 public schools across the province.
A prolific writer and researcher, Herar has been a columnist for the Abbotsford News for over 25 years.
- Community/Literary Ambassador Award, 2014
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
- Champion of Diversity Award, 2007
- Breaking Barriers Annual South Asian Darpan Extra Ordinary Award
- DOM Arts and Culture Service Award
- DOM Certificate of Accomplishment
- Paul Harris Fellow
City advisory boards and committees
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
- Mission Traffic and Transit Committee
Regional boards and committees
- Fraser Valley Regional Library Board (Alternate)
- Mission Community Services Society Board (Alternate)