Gem Lee-Herder – President
Gem Lee-Herder, MSW, RSW (she/her) is a value-driven change facilitator for equity and access. Gem has 17 + years of experience in diverse sectors, in roles ranging from the front line, to management and governance.
Gem’s experience includes Diversity and Learning Support Advisor for the Calgary Board of Education, Program Manager at Liberty in North Korea, and Health Education Specialist at UHN, among others. She currently works to bring systemic change to provincial mental health programs, and is adjunct lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work.
Combined with her intersecting identity as a racialized immigrant woman and her educational training in Sociocultural Anthropology and Social Work, these experiences have equipped Gem with multiple perspectives and skills for collaborating with diverse stakeholders to facilitate change.
In her personal life, Gem is an avid traveler and Airbnb superhost. An extrovert through and through, she firmly believes the saying “there are no strangers; only friends you haven’t met”. She can be spotted at downtown Toronto playgrounds chasing after her delightful preschooler Jaeyoon, and making new friends with other caregivers, children, and passersby.
Janet Law – Vice President
Janet is a rehabilitation professional driven by results in process improvement. Her vision is to inspire change in people and influence change at organizational and system level. A graduate of the Masters of Science (Rehabilitation Science) at McMaster University and physiotherapy program at Queen's University, Janet has worked in acute care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, long term care and home care. Her current focus is on quality management and program administration. Furthermore, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University and a board member at the College of Physiotherapists since 2015. Outside of work, she enjoys public speaking, civic engagement and other cultural events.
Alan Ng - Treasurer
Currently a retiree, born in Hong Kong in 1954, migrated to Australia in 1984 and then to Canada in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Commerce degree in University of New South Wales Sydney Australia. He is a student of Master Tam Shek-Wing in Nyingma study and practice. He has been a volunteer at the Hong Fook Mental Health Association since 2010, serving in various positions and activities in the Association’s landscape. He also serves in the Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation’s Gala Committee to help raising fund to the Association.
Andrew Wong - Secretary
Andrew Wong has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years learning the sector and practicing his craft. Andrew is an Healthcare Data Architect that excels at establishing collaborative relationships and leading initiatives to provide insightful platforms for leaders to make actionable decisions. Andrew is skilled at working effectively with sales, marketing, finance, and account management teams. A go-getter with a roll-up-your-sleeves "can do" mentality, process-oriented, detail-oriented, tech savvy, highly analytical, a team player, organized, and self-motivated. In addition, Andrew possesses a positive attitude and, most definitely, a sense of humor. As a new board member in 2021, Andrew is honored to join the board as an advocate of culturally competent care.
Dannie Won is a CPA with over a decade of corporate finance experience spanning the fintech, restaurant, aviation industries, and public sector. He has solid knowledge in creating financial strategy, budgeting, and cost management. Dannie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto.
Vincent is a highly skilled continuous process improvement professional with over 20 years of experience in both private and government settings. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management. Vincent has received multiple Service Excellence Awards for his ability to build strong partnerships with stakeholder management and drive continuous program improvement. He grew up in Hong Kong, immigrated to Vancouver, obtained his university degree in Montreal, and has worked in Toronto for more than 20 years. Vincent is also an active member of his community, volunteering his time to teach programming and being a part of the Electric Unicycle Club.
Sara Fung, MN, BSN, RN has been a registered nurse since 2007. Her expertise is in maternal child health, with clinical experience in obstetrics and the NICU. She has worked in academic and community hospitals and home health as a bedside nurse, educator, advanced practice nurse and professional practice specialist. She volunteers on the Conference Board of Canada and Making the Move, helping skilled newcomers of African descent with meaningful career opportunities in Canada. She is making a difference through healthcare advocacy and is passionate about issues such as anti- racism, health equity, quality improvement, and patient/person-centred care.
Ian Waters is a Registered Social Worker. He has worked in primary care as a social worker for 35 years, with a focus on providing care to clients with mental health needs within an inter-professional model. Ian was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He has presented nationally and internationally on primary care Patient Centered Collaborative Practice and Interprofessional Education. He brings a deep understanding of the unique challenges that patients from different cultural backgrounds face in accessing and receiving appropriate care. He is committed to addressing health disparities and ensuring that all individuals have equal access to quality primary healthcare services.
We are accepting nominations for positions on the Board of Directors and on Board Standing Committees for the Clinic.