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Kim's Story

Born to middle class parents, Kim worked hard to acquire an education and contribute to her community.

From Victoria to Beijing to Montreal.
This is Kim's journey.


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1970

Kimberley Phyllis Edith Manning is born in 1970 to John and Pat in Victoria, British Columbia.



1975

Kim's parents separate, and she and her younger brothers go to live with their mom. Her dad remarries and she gains a younger sister.

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1983

Kim's family is evacuated after their house is destroyed in a storm. They lose everything. Kim's family is dependent on the Red Cross for food. After receiving federal aid and help from their neighbours, they rebuild.


1986-1988


Kim attends Belmont Sr. Secondary School. She founds a Red Cross Club and becomes a Red Cross leadership seminar trainer. She is a British Columbia Youth Parliamentarian, wins Youth Commonwealth Debate and goes to Ottawa to participate in a national conference.


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1988


Kim wins one of ten inaugural scholarships from the British Columbia Government to travel to Asia to study language and culture (The Pacific Rim Scholarship). Kim attends the Beijing Language Institute, studying Mandarin six days a week.



1989


Kim is in Beijing when students protests break out. She's evacuated from China at the urging of the Canadian government and leaves on one of the final flights out of the country before the military crackdown in Tiannamen Square.


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1989-1994

Kim attends the University of British Columbia. Puts herself through school with scholarships, a job as a Residence Advisor, and working summers for the Asia Pacific Foundation (1990) and Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (1991, 1992). She attends Peking University for a year (1992-1993).


1993-1995

Kim co-founds the China-Canada Young Women’s Project. They present leadership trainings at the NGO Forum on Women during the UN Fourth World Conference in Women.

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1996-1997

Kim is a member of Green College. She pursues and completes a one-year Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, supporting herself with part-time work and loans.


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1997-2003

Kim pursues and completes a PhD in Political Science at the University of Washington, funded by awards from the University of Washington and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Kim also works as a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, and course instructor.


2000

Kim marries Jason Ens, a PhD student in English at the University of Washington. Kim and Jason had met through their work leading and implementing Service Learning in their respective departments.


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2000-2001

Kim receives a China-Canada Scholar’s Award to undertake field work for her PhD dissertation in China. Kim and Jason live, travel, and work in China for eleven months. Kim conducts archival research and interviews over 100 retired party officials and grassroots activists about their leadership experiences during the 1950s.


2003-2004

Kim is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for East Asian Research, Stanford University. Kim returns to China and undertakes an additional fifty interviews about women’s activism during the 1950s.

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2004

Kim and Jason drive from California to British Columbia, and from British Columbia to Montreal so Kim can take up a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University.



2005

Kim and Jason welcome their first-born, Florence, into their household.

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2008

Kim and Jason welcome their second child, Thea, into their household.


2011

Kim is awarded tenure for her research grants, publications, and teaching focused on some of the most consequential Chinese political movements of the 20th century, including the Great Leap Forward (1958-1960).

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2012

Kim and Jason welcome their youngest child, Johan, into their family.

2013

Kim co-founds Gender Creative Kids Canada, Canada’s first organization established to support transgender children and their families.
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2015

Kim is named Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI). Over the next three years, Kim contributes to the transformation of the Concordia college by hiring three new faculty members, adding a new major, hiring new full-time staff, and overseeing the architectural plans of the SDBI’s new home. In addition, Kim spearheads the development of Concordia Feminist Activism in Research (CFAR): an innovative equity program based on teaching and research.


2016

Kim is part of a delegation to visit Quebec City and lobby the Quebec Minister of Justice to change legal statutes governing gender identity of minors. Several weeks later the bill passes.


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2016

Kim organizes a press conference and participates in protests calling for the release of her colleague and friend, Homa Hoodfar, from Evin prison in Iran. Homa is released and flown home to Canada several weeks later.


2017

Kim co-writes three opinion editorials and testifies before two Senate Committees in support of the passage of Bill C-16, protecting gender identity and gender expression in the Human Rights Code. The bill passes into law in June of 2017.

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2019

Kim runs for the Pierrefonds-Dollard Liberal nomination to fight for our community.

Kim's Story

Born to middle class parents, Kim worked hard to acquire an education and contribute to her community.

From Victoria to Beijing to Montreal.
This is Kim's journey.


1970

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Kimberley Phyllis Edith Manning is born in 1970 to John and Pat in Victoria, British Columbia.


1975

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Kim's parents separate, she and her younger brothers go to live with their mom. Her dad remarries and she gains a younger sister.


1983

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Kim's family is evacuated after their house is destroyed in a storm. They lose everything. Kim's family is dependent on the Red Cross for food. After receiving federal aid and help from their neighbours, they rebuild.


1986-1988

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Kim attends Belmont Sr. Secondary School. She founds a Red Cross Club and becomes a Red Cross leadership seminar trainer. She is a British Columbia Youth Parliamentarian, wins Youth Commonwealth Debate and goes to Ottawa to participate in a national conference.


1988

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Kim wins one of ten inaugural scholarships from the British Columbia Government to travel to Asia to study language and culture (The Pacific Rim Scholarship). Kim attends the Beijing Language Institute, studying Mandarin six days a week.


1989

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Kim is in Beijing when students protests break out. She's evacuated from China at the urging of the Canadian government and leaves on one of the final flights out of the country before the military crackdown in Tiannamen Square.


1989-1994

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Kim attends the University of British Columbia. Puts herself through school with scholarships, a job as a Residence Advisor, and working summers for the Asia Pacific Foundation (1990) and Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (1991, 1992). She attends Peking University for a year (1992-1993).

1993-1995

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Kim co-founds the China-Canada Young Women’s Project. They present leadership trainings at the NGO Forum on Women during the UN Fourth World Conference in Women.


1996-1997

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Kim is a member of Green College. She pursues and completes a one-year Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, supporting herself with part-time work and loans.


1997-2003

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Kim pursues and completes a PhD in Political Science at the University of Washington, funded by awards from the University of Washington and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Kim also works as a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, and course instructor.


2000

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Kim marries Jason Ens, a PhD student in English at the University of Washington. Kim and Jason had met through their work leading and implementing Service Learning in their respective departments.


2000-2001

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Kim receives a China-Canada Scholar’s Award to undertake field work for her PhD dissertation in China. Kim and Jason live, travel, and work in China for eleven months. Kim conducts archival research and interviews over 100 retired party officials and grassroots activists about their leadership experiences during the 1950s.

2003-2004

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Kim is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for East Asian Research, Stanford University. Kim returns to China and undertakes an additional fifty interviews about women’s activism during the 1950s.


2004

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Kim and Jason drive from California to British Columbia, and from British Columbia to Montreal so Kim can take up a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University.


2005

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Kim and Jason welcome their first-born, Florence, into their household.


2008

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Kim and Jason welcome their second child, Thea, into their household.


2011

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Kim is awarded tenure for her research grants, publications, and teaching focused on some of the most consequential Chinese political movements of the 20th century, including the Great Leap Forward (1958-1960).


2012

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Kim and Jason welcome their youngest child, Johan, into their family.

2013

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Kim co-founds Gender Creative Kids Canada, Canada’s first organization established to support transgender children and their families.

2015

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Kim is named Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI). Over the next three years, Kim contributes to the transformation of the Concordia college by hiring three new faculty members, adding a new major, hiring new full-time staff, and overseeing the architectural plans of the SDBI’s new home. In addition, Kim spearheads the development of Concordia Feminist Activism in Research (CFAR): an innovative equity program based on teaching and research.


2016

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Kim is part of a delegation to visit Quebec City and lobby the Quebec Minister of Justice to change legal statutes governing gender identity of minors. Several weeks later the bill passes.


2016


Kim organizes a press conference and participates in protests calling for the release of her colleague and friend, Homa Hoodfar, from Evin prison in Iran. Homa is released and flown home to Canada several weeks later.


2017

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Kim co-writes three opinion editorials and testifies before two Senate Committees in support of the passage of Bill C-16, protecting gender identity and gender expression in the Human Rights Code. The bill passes into law in June of 2017.


2019

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Kim runs for the Pierrefonds-Dollard Liberal nomination to fight for our community.