Board of Directors

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MS. EILEEN LIN

BA (Sociology) University of Michigan (1944), MLS (Library Science) McGill University (1969)

Eileen Lin is Co-founder (1981) and Honorary President (1993) of Soong Ching Ling Children's Foundation of Canada. She is a retired journalist and librarian. Mrs. Lin continues to be intimately involved with the work of the Foundation.

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MS. BOBO YIJUN BAO

MBA (Trinity Western University)

Bobo was born in Shanghai, China. She worked as a Purchasing Manager for L'Oréal Asia-Pacific for three years, specializing in supply chain management. She came to Vancouver in 2009 to achieve her MBA Degree. Bobo has volunteered in many Non-Profit Organizations including the Sharing Farm, Minds in Motion-Alzheimer Society of B.C. She used to be a Student Ambassador for Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. And she feels deeply honoured to help with the Song Ching Ling Foundation in Canada

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Dr. BEN C. CHOI

BEd (Hons) (Bristol), MPhil (CUHK), DEd (Durham)

orn and grew up in Hong Kong, a doctorate in educational sociology from Durham University, UK, Ben has wide-ranging work experience in teacher training, social service research/projects, and government policy. Ben has served as NGOs’ board member in Vancouver, Hong Kong and Macau. Semi-retired now, Ben works as a free-lance social researcher and advisor on educational and social service projects.

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MS. GRACE CHOU

Grace was born in Taipei, Taiwan and has lived in Vancouver for over 25 years. She specializes in early childhood education and enjoys giving back to the community. She is a Montessori teacher, trainer and program operator. Grace has been a member of the foundation for many years. She strongly believes that education does not happen solely in school. Rather, the community and society play an important role in shaping the children of the future.

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CHRISTINE CHU - Treasurer

CPA, CA, B.Comm (McGill University)

Born and raised in Vancouver, Christine attended McGill University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Christine joined the Board of Soong Ching Ling Children’s Foundation of Canada in 2012, and currently serves as its Treasurer. A designated CPA, CA and senior accountant with Strand Corporation, a real estate investment firm, she is also Treasurer of the Board of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.

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MR. HOWARD CHU

B.Comm (UBC), C.A

Howard Chu was born and raised in Hong Kong. He attended the University of British Columbia and graduated in the Commerce Faculty. He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of British Columbia. From 1993 to 2007 he held the position of Corporate Controller with Teck Cominco Limited, a major diversified mining company in Canada. He is currently retired, after working with Teck for 33 years in various positions. He has served on the Board of the Soong Ching Ling Children's Foundation for the past twenty years.

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MR. BILL GOODERHAM - Secretary

Bill Gooderham retired in 2011 from the practice of law at Bull Housser Tupper, a Vancouver law firm. He was a business lawyer and for a number of years he one of was the partners in charge of the firm's offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Bill's clients included schools boards and post secondary education entities who he assisted in licensing and joint venturing in China. He is an honorary member of the Terminal City Club of Vancouver.

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Dr. Nina Halpern

In 1985, Nina received the Ph.D. in political science, with a specialisation in Chinese politics, from the University of Michigan. She then taught courses on Chinese politics at several universities in the U.S. and Canada, most recently at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and published many research articles on Chinese politics. In 2002, she received the B.Sc. in occupational therapy from UBC, and since then has worked at different Child Development Centres in the Vancouver area, helping children with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

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DR. HELENA HO

B.Sc. (Ottawa), MA (Radcliffe), MDCM (McGill), FRCPC.

Dr. Ho is a developmental paediatrician and UBC clinical professor emeritus specializing in caring of children with learning and behavioural problems. She was educated in North America obtaining her degrees from Ottawa, Radcliffe and Mcgill. Prior to her retirement from active practice, she founded the Multiculture Committee at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and headed the autism team there for a number of years. She is interested in the welfare of immigrant children especially those with special needs.

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MS. MARIAN LEUNG

B.Comm. (UBC)

Marian currently works at Ceridian Canada Ltd. as an Implementation Consultant specializing in the conversion and implementation of Payroll and Human Resources Information system. Previously she was a board member of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Chinese Cultural Centre and Chinese Benevolent Association.

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LYNDA LIU

Lynda Liu is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified General Accountant and has a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University. Twenty two years ago, after obtaining an Economic Bachelor Degree in Beijing, China, with her immigration dream to pursue a better life, she arrived in Vancouver, BC Canada. Lynda is a practitioner with more than ten years experience in helping small business owners and individuals. She and her husband have one son. She especially cares and has concerns for children living in both Canada and China and wishes to contribute her time and efforts to make a better future for Children.

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MR. ADRIAN S.M. LOH

Adrian Loh is a Chartered Accountant, principal of S. M. Loh, C.A. , a public accounting firm. He graduated from University of Malaya with an Honours Degree in Economics and came to Canada under the CIDA fellowship program to obtain his C.A. designation. Adrian has served as Vice President of International Business Development and Treasurer in Chinese Entrepreneur Society of Canada and is currently a director of Success Foundation.

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MS. BARBARA JIAN TONG

BA (Shanghai International Studies University), MBA (Simon Fraser University)

Barbara is a senior manager at a financial institution. Her occupations include project manager, personal banker, university teacher, interpreter and translator. Her community service activities include fundrasing for BC Children's Hospital and the United Way, presenting Canadian Banker's Association's high school finanical education program "There is Something About Money". She feels privileged to serve a charity dedicated to linking her home and adopted countries for the benefit of the children.

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Lisa Tsai

Helping and sharing are the biggest passion in Lisa’s life. She has helped many non-profit organizations such as soup kitchen, women shelters and child literacy in Downtown Eastside. Lisa hopes to influence others, especially her two daughters with her husband, Albert to contribute to society and the environment as well. She is also a member of Burrard Lions Club and Japanese Reiyukai Organization.

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PENNY WASHINGTON - President

LL.B

Penny Washington leads Bull, Housser & Tupper's Health Care Industry Group. Penny regularly advises hospitals and health authorities on all aspect of law that affect their operations. Penny has presented at a number of Continuing Legal Education Society and Insight seminars on civil litigation, health care consent, privacy and freedom of information issues and has published chapters on consent and freedom of information law in British Columbia. She was recently recognized by her peers as a leading lawyer in the area of Health Care Law in Canada in Best Lawyers in Canada (2010 - 2012). She was previously the President of the Canuck Place Children's Hospice and the BC Health Research Foundation.

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Ms. Ivy Can Zhang - Vice President

MA (Peking University)

Ivy was born in Henan province, China. She received the master degree in organizational behavior from Peking University in 2003. Ivy has broad experience in business consultancy, strategy planning and financial management. She supports many multinational companies to set up their business successfully in China. Ivy moved to Vancouver with her families in 2013, and is now the financial consultant at Investor Group Financial Service LLP. Ivy believes the most rewarding thing in the world is to support children's education and their life-time self-development.

 

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