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Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors

Lisa Donovan, Chair

Ms. Donovan, a graduate of UBC and SFU, is a recently retired SFU Faculty Associate (instructing post-graduate programs). Her 20+ years in education also includes teaching Business and ICT in Richmond, BC, while mentoring teachers for SFU. Facing challenges with her own aging parents, she was immersed in their complex and diverse needs. Consequently, she respects the experiences of the sandwich generation, and recognizes the patience, nurturing environment, and quality care that Villa Cathay can offer them.

Dr. Joyce Ling, Vice Chair

Dr. Ling is a graduate of UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry and is currently a part time clinical associate professor. She gained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from UBC prior to her dental training. She serves on the National Dental Examination Board as examiner. She is also a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists. She has actively promoted education and organized dentistry for over 20 years.

Dr. Vivian Lo, Secretary

Board Member: Dr. Vivian Lo

Dr. Vivian Lo received her PhD. at SFU and Masters in 2 Universities in England. She majored in Psychology and obtained the Chartered Institute of Linguists in the UK. She is very enthusiastic about serving the community and is passionate about education and publishing, having published many articles in 5 different countries. She also published 5 books about teaching young children Mandarin and is currently a local educator and journalist.

Kuo Wong, Treasurer

Board Member: Kuo Wong

Kuo Wong grew up in Vancouver and has over 30 years experience as a successful entrepreneur in the residential construction industry. He designed and built residential projects across Greater Vancouver.

He was introduced to the Villa Cathay Care Home community when his mother was admitted as a resident in 2015. Since then, Kuo has continued to be a tremendously active and committed volunteer. He has been a strong community advocate in Vancouver and Richmond.

Kuo brings a wealth of contemporary governance and accountability skills to Villa Cathay.

Eva Ho, Director

Board Member: Eva Ho

Eva dedicated her career in social services and community mental health for 38 years.

Eva grew up in Hong Kong, eventually completed high school in Vancouver before receiving her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Sociology, Social Work and Counselling at the Washington State University.  She returned to Vancouver and started working at the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown.  She worked in community mental health with Vancouver Coastal Health for 33 years before she retired.

During the CoVID pandemic, Eva cared for her elderly father and learned first hand the difficulties of seniors living in senior housing and care facilities.  With this new awareness of the plight of seniors in care facilities, Eva hopes to apply what she learned to assist in enhancing senior care for the residents of Villa Cathay.

Raymond Kwok, Director

Raymond is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over two decades of diverse professional experiences in different sectors such as non-profit organization, public institution, public accounting firm and private industries.

Raymond is very passionate about elder care and mental health. In fact, he started his career in Vancouver working at Villa Cathay after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from UBC. He has served the food service department of Villa Cathay for 5 years before he pursued his accounting profession with KPMG, a global professional services firm.

Raymond is now a Senior Finance Manager at the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) providing strategic financial management to the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. After 16 years since he left Villa Cathay, Raymond is honoured to have the opportunity to serve Villa Cathay again in 2021, and this time, as a board member and a member of the Finance Committee.

Florence Wong, Director

Ms. Wong practiced law in Vancouver for many years before her retirement. Her legal experience included corporate law, commercial and residential real property transactions, intellectual property and wills and estates work. Prior to becoming a Board member for the Villa Cathay Care Home, Ms. Wong’s Board experience included serving on the Board of Directors of SUCCESS, the Justice Institute, the Justice Institute Foundation and the Vancouver Police Board. Ms. Wong was also the Chair of the Justice Institute Board of Directors.

Ms. Wong is hopeful that her experience in community work and corporate governance will be useful to the Villa Cathay Board.

The Founding Board Members

Dr. Harry Fan

Dr. S. H. Hsu

Mr. Lam Fong

Dr. Edward Yeung

Mr. Henry Loh

Villa Cathay Care Home Society was incorporated under the BC Society Act as a non-profit organization in 1975. A group of dedicated volunteers, comprising of Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs, formed the Society and acted as the founding board that led the development of the Villa Cathay Care home to provide residential care to serve the community.

Founding Board Member: Dr. Harry Fan
Dr. Harry Fan
Dr. Fan was one of our founding members and the first board chair.  He was a retired attorney and practiced law in Vancouver, BC starting in 1958.  He was the first Chinese to graduate from a Canadian law school, and acquired a J.D. from UBC.

Dr. Fan’s heart was in serving the Chinese community, especially new immigrants, the marginalized, and seniors housing.  In addition to Villa Cathay, he served on the board of several community associations, including the Chinatown Merchants and Property Owner’s Association, the Christ Church of China in Vancouver, the World Lotus Light Charity Society, the Chinese Benevolent Association of Canada, the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver, and many other social, educational and religious associations.

Dr. Fan passed away in 2018. We are forever in his debt; he will be forever in our hearts.

Founding Board Member: Dr. Shou Hsin Hsu

Dr. Shou Hsin Hsu

Dr. Hsu was a retired anaesthetist, who practised in the Greater Vancouver area for 25 years.  As a long serving Board member at Villa Cathay, he was a tireless advocate for high quality, affordable care for seniors. He established the Hsu & Hsieh Foundation which provides annual grants to support charitable agencies and non-profit organizations across the province.

Dr. Hsu passed away in 2018. Our residents and their families are truly grateful for the enduring community he created over forty years ago.

Founding Board Member: Mr. Henry Loh

Mr. Henry Loh

Henry Loh had a business degree from Columbia University, a diploma from the Wharton School of Business, and many years of experience running an import and distribution business with his wife Josie. He was delighted to contribute his expertise and to serve on the board with many of his special friends.

Board Alumni

Dr. Harry Fan

Dr. S. H. Hsu

Mr. Lam Fong

Dr. Edward Yeung

Mr. Henry Loh

Mr. Anthony Fan

Mr. Alex Leung

Dr. Peter Yu 

Mr. Andrew Cheung

Dr. David Hsu

Dr. Robert Loh

Mr. Gilbert Lee

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