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Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors

Lisa Donovan, Chair

Board Member: Lisa Donovan

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

Board Member: Dr. Joyce Ling

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.

Anthony Fan, Secretary

Board Member: Anthony Fan

Mr. Fan has been a Commercial Realtor and Developer for 35 years, specializing in Commercial Property Sales, Leasing, Land Development, and Management. As well, he has operated a publishing company, restaurants, and a construction firm. His involvement in the Villa Cathay Care Home Society dates back to March of 1990.

Dr. David Hsu, Director

Board Member: Dr. David Hsu

Dr. Hsu is a graduate of UBC and has practised as a family physician and worked with the BC Ministry of Health on health policy and planning. Currently, he is a palliative physician at Vancouver General Hospital. He leads research in end-of-life issues, and provides consultation services to palliative patients. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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.

Dr. Robert Loh, Director

Board Member: Dr. Robert Loh

Dr. Loh is a New York University educated dentist and has practised in Vancouver since 1985 first as staff at VGH for nine years before starting a private practice in 1995.

Dr. Loh is a passionate advocate for high quality seniors care in British Columbia. He is also the Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee at Villa Cathay.

Dr. Vivian Lo, Director

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.

Vivian is also the Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee at Villa Cathay.

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.

The Founding Board Members

Dr. Harry Fan

Dr. S. H. Hsu

Mr. Lam Fong

Dr. Edward Yeung

Mr. Henry Loh

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.

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