Board of Directors 2020-2021
Sonia Yoon (On leave)
Warren Yu (Acting Secretary)
Dr. Peter Chang (Immediate Past Chair)
Dr. Ted 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.”
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 Gala Co-Chair in 2017 and 2018.
Michael Ma has been in the Information Technology industry for thirty years globally. His experience spans many industries including financial services and public health care. He has held senior executive positions including as the Chief Information Officer for the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and a corporate Vice President for RBC Financial Group and TD Bank Group. Michael currently owns a management consulting practice. He is passionate in volunteer work where he has served on boards of many Not-For-Profit organizations, universities and government bodies. He is currently a Board Vice Chair in the City of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. Michael holds Fellowship and membership in two Institute of Corporate Directors (FHKIoD and ICD), Fellowship at Hong Kong Computer Society (FHKCS), B.Sc. and MBA degrees, and other professional titles.
Sonia Yoon has resided in Asia, Europe, North America and Middle East 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 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, and chaired a multinational committee to organize annual multicultural festivals. Sonia advocates culture to culture engagement and expands the understanding of different cultures via entrepreneurship, communication and media. She is a principal of ScY Artelier, closed member service that services creative largesse between companies and company to staff and hosts food therapy soiree with French and Korean chefs with locations in New York, United States, Provence, France, Korea, and Toronto, Canada. She is a partner of Normadique that produces desirable cultural items with intriguing stories. One of its recent collaboration is with Saudi Arabia’s royalty; princess Shilla, reproducing her personally mixed oil fragranced items. Sonia holds an advisory position with Filmblanc, an internationally recognized award winning documentary film making company that delivers meaningful messages. Additionally holding an advisory position with Artery, a cultural experience sharing online to offline platform located in New York, United States, Paris, France and Toronto, Canada, she is also a member of several international delegate clubs. With a long-time interest in mental health promotion and prevention program, she serves as HFMH Foundation executive board member, director, VDC chair, RDC member and holds the seat in HFMH Association SDQ, MVBD and KPAC and HFMH Foundation gala committee as Operation Head. In 2017 she launched VDC Mentorship program. Sonia is currently working on a Korean edition of the Bookvana Award book “Connected Parent, Empowered Child” and teaches classes. She finished Oxford University social entrepreneurship course, attended schools in Canada, US, U.A.E. and Korea.
Warren Yu trained as an auditor and received qualification training in Australia. He has been in the real estate industry since he immigrated to Canada in 1987, working as an independent real estate broker since 1999. He regularly volunteers in his church’s children ministry and participates in various charity fundraising events. Warren has been involved with Hong Fook since 2017, after having witnessed first-hand the impact that this organization and its services have had on some of his close associates and friends. Warren believes that Hong Fook fills an important niche in the GTA, one that puts an emphasis on the well-being of the community. Given the traditionally taboo nature of mental illness in certain ethnic communities, Warren hopes that, through his work with Hong Fook, he can help promote mental health awareness and encourage open conversation.
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.
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.
Dr. Ted (Hung-Tat) 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.
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.
Jay Leung is the President of RE/MAX Excel Alliance Realty with over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. After learning about Hong Fook’s vision and mission, Jay decided to join the Foundation as it aligns with her value and her belief in the cause. Jay has been involved in the Hong Fook gala committee for the past few years and is an active participant of our Toronto Waterfront Marathon. She was the co-chair of the gala in 2019 and will continue the role in 2020.