Board of Directors 2020-2021
John Park brings significant experience as an executive and board member with various organizations. He is former president of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association, Chair of the Korean Canadian Cultural Association and served two terms as an advisory member of the National Unification Advisory Council established to advise the President of South Korea on the formulation of peaceful unification policy between North and South Koreas. John is currently General Counsel for the Bereavement Authority of Ontario that regulates the funeral industry as well as cemeteries and crematoriums in the province.
Charles Xie is a Senior Consultant in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has been volunteering with Hong Fook for over 10 years and has a strong understanding of the healthcare system with experiences from hospital, government, long-term care, and community agencies. Charles has solid knowledge in process improvement, technology implementation, cost optimization, and change management. He is certified in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds MBA from University of Toronto.
Janice Chu, holding a Master of Arts degree and graduate diplomas in education and social innovation, has extensive experience and deep expertise in education, non-profit management, social service program development, and organizational/ community capacity building. In her former role as the Director of Programs and Grants at United Way Greater Toronto, Janice supported the significant mental health work of Hong Fook. Janice is passionate about increasing public awareness, removing stigma and improving service access for people living with a mental illness and their families. Janice sat on the York Region Service Coordination Council for Mental Health from 2016 to 2019. She currently is a planning committee member of the Chinese Mental Health Initiative in York Region. Sitting on the Board of Hong Fook, Janice brings not only professional expertise but also the critical perspective and lived experience as a family caregiver.
Sherman Hui is a risk management professional who specializes in corporate, trading credit and operational risk with over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. He holds the CPA, CGA designation and has completed all three levels of the CFA Program. His prior work experience at a community service provider made him understand the differences that can be made in people’s lives by providing the much needed support and led him to start volunteering at Hong Fook since 2009.
Meilin Ma joined Hong Fook in 2006 as a volunteer. In recent years, she has been actively involved in multiple programs at Hong Fook. Meilin took on the leadership role in the Mandarin volunteer group and was the Chair of the Mandarin Advisory Committee. Before coming to Canada, Meilin was a TV journalist working for the largest TV Station in China, CCTV. During her journalist life, Meilin researched and produced award-winning programs in different categories and won the title of “outstanding employee” of CCTV. These were later released on DVD nationwide across China. She also participated in the planning work to launch programs for a new CCTV Channel. After her move to Canada, Meilin continued work as a journalist for different media but also took an active role in mainstream and Chinese community public welfare. For more than a decade, Meilin has worked as a volunteer for various units, such as Scouts Canada, United Way, Ontario public elementary and secondary school, etc., and spared no effort to contribute her strength to the construction of a beautiful social environment. While continuing her volunteer work, Meilin is currently studying journalism at Ryerson University.
Eric Ngai holds the CPA, CA designation and is an accountant with over 10 years of public accounting experience, servicing clients in a variety of industries. He currently is part of the Professional Practice group at a Big 4 public accounting firm, focusing on quality control matters. Eric also has assurance and advisory experience with a focus on not-for-profit organizations and private entities.
Hillson Tse is a trial lawyer at RGZ Law practicing in criminal and regulatory defence. In his legal practice, he has assisted many clients who have struggled with mental health and has seen the value of Hong Fook services in supporting vulnerable members of our community. Prior to his legal career, Hillson worked for the United Nations Development Programme in China, served as the Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights, and has over 6 years of volunteer and work experience with children and youth in at-risk communities.
Kevin Zhang is an experienced bio-medical research professional, working with local pharmaceutical organizations for more than 17 years. He holds a Bachelor degree in Clinic Medicine from Shanghai Fudan University, and is studying within the Master of Divinity program at University of Toronto currently. Kevin has joined Hong Fook’s volunteer team since year 2005, serving in various positions and activities. He is dedicated to educating, advocating and raising awareness of mental wellness, especially towards the Mandarin speaking immigrant community.
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.