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.
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.
Winnie Tsang is a business strategist, with over 15 years experience enabling growth and innovation in the technology, media and telecommunications, and healthcare sectors. She is passionate about finding cross-sector solutions that bring together public, private and not for profit organizations towards win-win innovations that better serve vulnerable populations. She holds a business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and an EMBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, specializing in Health Care and Life Sciences.
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.
Carl Ching is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner with 20 years of experience in tax advisory. He is currently employed in the tax department of a global asset management company. Carl has been very active in the education space for the past 15 years. He was a part-time lecturer at York University and has been a course facilitator in various courses ran by CPA Canada. Born in Hong Kong, migrated to Canada in 1987 with his family, Carl has always wanted to assist people where English is their second language. Carl is excited to use his accounting and finance knowledge to contribute to the growth and success of Hong Fook.
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.
Gillian Gray is a Registered Social Worker and innovative mental health leader with experience developing and managing community mental health programs in Toronto. She has worked in the mental health sector for over 10 years in a variety of capacities – community programming, public education, research and policy. She is passionate about trauma-informed mental health care and is a trained Compassion Fatigue Educator who educates, supports and empowers helping professionals working in trauma exposed environments. Gillian holds a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience from McMaster University, and an MSW from the University of Toronto. As a new board member in 2021, Gillian is honored to join the board as a supporter of culturally competent care. As a mental health provider, she has witnessed the positive and transformative impact that Hong Fook’s services have on individuals and families.
Grace holds a CFP, PFP, CSC and Mutual Fund certification, and Life Insurance and Real Estate license. She runs her practice, KMH Future Financial Planning Inc., and is co-founder of Citadel Property Management Group. She has served as the Vice President of the Hong Fook Mental Health Association from 2015 to 2020 and is currently Chair of the Nomination Committee and a board member. Grace also holds a position on the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council chaired by the President of South Korea. For the past several years, Grace has collaborated with Hong Fook, the University of Toronto, psychiatrists, community leaders and agencies to raise mental health awareness for educational programs at both the board and project levels. As a lifelong learner. Grace is studying for her Master of Education (Higher Education & Professions) degree at the University of Toronto (OISE). Grace enjoys sharing and laughing with others. She lives in Toronto with her husband, three children, and her dog, Ace.
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.
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.