Board of Directors 2016-2017

Chair:
Kam Lo

Vice Chair & Treasurer:
Ramon Tam

Secretary:
Emily Lee

Directors:
Dr. Peter Chang (Immediate Past Chair)
Sit Foo
Annie Hu
Eui Sook Kim
Yun Back Kim
Dr. Ted Lo
Judy San
Vivian Thom
Sonia Yoon
Julia Zhang

Kam Lo

Kam Lo, a retired banker, has been the current Chair of Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation since 2015.  Prior to retirement, she was the Vice President and Market Leader in the retail bank of TD overseeing the operation and growth of 23 retail branches. She has been volunteering at Hong Fook since 2005 and is passionate about providing equal access to mental health care to ethnic communities. Through fundraising and volunteer development at the Foundation level, she is hoping to help the Association to deliver more under-funded programs and workshops with minimum wait time. She would love to see that one day everyone in our community can support each other in “Taking the Mental Health Journey Together.”

Ramon Tam

Ramon Tam started volunteer work in Grade 6 and has not looked back since. With education and work experience in Finance and Administration, his involvement in various charitable and church organizations has been at both the board and the project/task levels. His dedication to Hong Fook has been over 30 years; he has seen the transformation of Hong Fook and its impact on the community since the near beginnings, commenting on the sheer resilience and commitment from the Hong Fook family towards community building.  Since his retirement six years ago, he has been able to branch out to pursue his lifelong interests:  music, art, geography, theology, history, and literature.  He is from a family of six siblings and learned to help and compromise from a very young age.

Emily Lee

Emily Lee worked as a corporate tax manager. She is an Ontario Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).  Her interest in Hong Fook started five years ago by following Vivian Thom to a fundraising meeting. She finds that even though Hong Fook is not a mainstream charity yet, it is a very worthy organization that helps marginalized or not so outspoken groups when it comes to mental health.  Her satisfaction comes when she sees and hears community members coming to Hong Fook to reduce and confront their problems, with the aim of living a mentally healthier life.  Community building is her passion and hopes that others will join as well.  Her interests include gardening, swimming, biking, summer camping, and turning fruits into jam and preserves.

Dr. Peter Chang

Dr. Peter Chang has been with Hong Fook Mental Health Association since 1982. After Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation was established on October 5, 2001, he served as the Chair of the Foundation until June 29, 2015.  After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, he started his career in psychiatry in 1969 and qualified as a psychiatrist in Canada in 1973.  He went to the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 1989, articled at Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais), and started his own law practice since 1994. In addition to Hong Fook, he also volunteered with many charities and non-profit organizations.  He is married to Elsa, being blessed with three sons and six grandchildren, enjoys dining, travelling, reading, music, shows and attending meetings.

Sit Foo

Sit Foo retired from the financial world but remains active with volunteerism.  He has fundraised for Hong Fook for over ten years. He is the past Vice President and currently serves as a board member of the Foundation. He continues to promote Hong Fook to other communities.

Annie Hu

Annie Hu, since 1987, has volunteered at various charitable organizations, including the Mon Sheong Foundation, North York General Hospital, etc. She joined the Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation Board in 2012 and started to focus her volunteer work on Hong Fook. She feels that mental health is a very important cause and Hong Fook is uniquely positioned to champion this cause. Since joining Hong Fook, she has made positive contributions, including broadening Hong Fook’s support and recognition in the corporate community. She is also an active member of the Fundraising Committee for Hong Fook’s annual Gala. Annie has been a banker for 35 years and is currently a Managing Director at Citibank Canada.

Eui Sook Kim

Eui Sook has been a volunteer at Hong Fook for three years.  She and her husband dedicate their lives to improving the Korean Community.  She is a Board Member of the Hanca Seniors Association, volunteers as a worker for the Hanca Senior Association, and teaches sport dance at the Hanca Seniors class.  She is also a volunteer at the Korean Freedom Federation, performing as the Clerk and Board Member, and a Contemporary Senior Health Association Public Relations Team Member. She works closely with her husband to reduce mental health stigma amongst the Asian communities, in particular for Koreans, as the topic is still very sensitive.

Yun Back Kim

Yun Back has been a volunteer at Hong Fook for three years.  He rigorously works with the Korean Community; he is the Hanca Seniors Association Director, Board Member, volunteers as a worker for the Hanca Senior Association, and teaches sport dance at the Hanca Seniors class.  He is also a volunteer at the Korean Freedom Federation, performing as the Secretary and Board Member, and a Contemporary Senior Health Association Public Relations Manager.  In his spare time, he continues to manage small properties.  He hopes that he can help the Korean community with addressing any health concerns, in particular mental health as he wants to promote a healthier community for everyone.

Dr. Hung-Tat (Ted) Lo

Dr. Ted Lo is a community psychiatrist in Toronto, active in ethno-cultural mental health. He was the founding member of Hong Fook Mental Health Service (now the Hong Fook Mental Health Association) and is the Medical Director of the Asian Clinic. He also consults to Across Boundaries Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre and provides cultural competence education for health professionals through courses, lectures and publication. He was given the Educational Excellence in Community Care award. His initiatives in alternative and complementary medicine also led to the Prix Clarite Award by the Canadian Complementary Medicine Association. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and developed the cultural curriculum in the training of psychiatric residents. He was a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

Judy San

Judy San has been volunteering for over thirty years.  She was one of the pioneers of the Yee Hong Foundation, served as its Vice Chairperson, Vice President of the Evergreen Non-Profit Senior Housing project, and Board Member of the Scarborough Grace Hospital. Currently, she is the President of Fu Hui Education Foundation since 2004, empowering the underprivileged youth in China. She worked in Information & Technology as well as Business Solutions and Services to enhance globalization and delivery of total solution to customers of the Financial and Retail sectors. Since 1986, she has helped raise funds to support a variety of Hong Fook programs, including Prevention and Promotion Programs, Self Help Programs, and Family Initiatives. She strongly believes in strengthening individuals with mental health knowledge and resources to reduce stigma and to accept mental illnesses.

Vivian Thom

Vivian Thom graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She has a passion for Information Technology (IT) and has devoted most of her working life in advancing the field. Her career includes IT positions in Public Health, Energy, Banking and Pension Fund industries. Prior to her current position as an IT consultant, she worked as an IT Audit Director in Scotiabank.  She has volunteered at Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation for over six years and has co-chaired both the 2010 and 2011 Hong Fook Galas. Besides volunteering at Hong Fook, Vivian has also assisted other charitable organizations including Other Half Chinese Stem Cell Initiative and United Way.

Sonia Yoon

Sonia Yoon resided in four continents and has a broad experience in working with international communities in the field of education. She served as a board member in the public museum outreach programs in Detroit Institute of Arts Museum in Detroit, U.S., and cultural programs in Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany. She facilitated an art outreach program through schools, established an international educational online platform group, and chaired a multicultural committee to organize annual festivals. Currently, she is working on a Korean edition of the Bookvana Award book “Connected Parent, Empowered Child”. She recently joined the Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation Board and works as a member of Korean Program Advisory Committee, Service and Development Quality Committee; Membership, Volunteers, and Board Development Committee, and Hong Fook Gala Committee.  Her long time interest in mental health prevention has led her to dream of a world where mental health programs are easily accessible, acceptable and supported.

Julia Zhang

Julia Zhang obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Master’s Degree in Law from Peking University. From 1991 to 1994, Julia worked with many international organizations to assist companies to enter into China. In 2010, she established JD Development Group in Markham, Ontario. Currently, she has been managing the company as a team leader to design, build, and operate over 1700 Rez-One student bedrooms in Waterloo, Ontario. She joined Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation since October 2011. She was the Co-Chair of the 2017 Gala.