Staff

 

Rain Chan, Executive Director

Rain Chan is honoured to have the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director at CCNCTO. Rain is also the founder of Where Are You From? Collective (WAYF Collective), an activism and art-based program for people who identify as Asian (including Southeast Asian, South Asian, East Asians, Asian-Pacific Islander). WAYF seeks to address the lack of agency that Asian Canadians experienced in defining their identities, visibility, and representation by offering workshops for youth, running arts events, and creating an online platform for self-representation. WAYF works from an intersectional, anti-oppression framework to empower Asian youth to develop critical art practices and build activist spaces that challenge dominant culture after decades of collective silence. WAYF’s mission is to celebrate Asian identities and achievements, build capacity for Asian-identified youth, and connect diasporic Asian communities so that Asians can create intentional dialogue that disrupts status quo. Rain is also a member of the Anti-Racism committee at CANVAS Arts Action Programs offering training for facilitators on how to incorporate intersectionality and anti-racism into the workshops. As one of the facilitators at CANVAS also, Rain has been delivering workshops on gender, sexuality, and consent. Prior to joining CCNCTO, Rain was the Racialized Student Support Staff at the Community Action Centre of the Student Association at George Brown College where they have been developing and delivering events, workshops, for marginalized and racialized students on campus. Rain graduated from Theatre Studies at York University. Currently, Rain is enjoying their study in Chinese Medicine at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Melissa Lai, Administrative Assistant

Melissa (Lai Jian Rong) is the Administrative Assistant at CCNCTO. Melissa was the project coordinator for a few CCNCTO projects, such as the Workers’ Rights Project (2013-2014), Toronto Civic Literacy Collaboration Project (2014-2016), and the Elder Care Research Project (2016). She enjoys her work and the work that CCNCTO does for the community. She believes that community should be connected by empowerment and various community-led cross-generation and cross-cultural civic awareness activities. CCNCTO provides her such opportunities to learn and support the connection to happen.

 

Jaclyn Wong 王斯屏, Project Manager (Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth)

Jaclyn is one of the project managers for a CCNCTO pilot initiative called Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth, which aims to explore topics such as cultural identity and social justice, and promote awareness of positive well-being amongst East Asian youth. She is also currently working as a supply teacher at the York Region District School Board, as well as pursuing a Master’s degree in education at Trent University. Her professional, as well as personal interests, include student development, mental health, intersectionality, and community building. Jaclyn self-identifies as a cis female, racialized settler and her family comes from Hong Kong and southern China.

 

Han Zhang, Project Coordinator (Chinese Seniors’ Storytelling Workshop Project)

Han is the project coordinator for CCNCTO’s Chinese Seniors’ Storytelling Workshop project, which teaches Chinese seniors to use art, food and storytelling as methods for self-expression, addressing topics of social isolation and fostering intergenerational exchange.  She was also one of the Principal Investigators for CCNCTO’s 2-year community-based research project that explored the needs of elder care in the Chinese Canadian community. Han is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication and Culture at York University. Her research examines aging and elder care in transnational and cross-cultural context and how culture influences an individual’s subjectivity as a dialectical and topological process.

 

Elene Lam, Project Coordinator (Migrant Sex Workers Legal Training Project)

Elene Lam (LLM, LLB, MSW, BSW) has advocated for the sex workers, migrant, labour and gender justice for more than 15 years. She is the founder and director of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant sex workers support network) and Co-director of Migrant Sex Workers Project. She has conducted training and presentations to community members, services providers and policy markers on sex work, migration, anti-oppressive practice and human rights in more than 20 countries, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Switzerland. She also submitted and presented a brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Canada and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women of the United Nations in Geneva to advocate for the rights and safety of migrant sex workers.  Elene holds a Master of Law, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work.   She is currently doing her PhD in the School of Social Work at McMaster University.

 

Justin Kong, Project Lead & Organizer (Chinese Grocery Store Worker Project – Improving Work in the Ethnic Economy)

When Justin Kong graduated from university he found himself and many of his peers thrown into the world of precarious employment and growing economic inequality. Since then he has been involved in community and labour organizing in the North American context. He believes that positive social change happens when people are able to exert and develop their own power and when people engage in collective political action, using processes that are conducive and reflective of the world, which we aspire.

 

 

Board of Directors

  A.W. Lee, Acting Chair

An educator and a performance artist, A.W. Lee earned a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University in 2015. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Queen’s in the Gender Studies department. His background in sociology (PhD, ABD) and the biological sciences (BScH, MSc) has afforded him the chance to teach at various universities, including University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Queen’s University, and University of Toronto. He will be starting a visiting professorship at University of Toronto Mississauga in the Sociology department in the Fall of 2016.

Bennet Chan, Treasurer

Bennet Chan holds a Master’s of Accounting from the University of Waterloo and is a licensed Chartered Accountant. He is currently a Partner at a small sized accounting firm, Jonathan Leung CPA Professional Corporation. As the treasurer, Bennet brings his knowledge of accounting and financial experience to the board. Outside of work, Bennet enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and more recently, running.

Brian Ma, Secretary

Brian Ma is a Chartered Accountant, and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd., a gold mining company publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and worked at Deloitte for 5 years before joining Wesdome.  Canadian-born, Brian spent his early childhood years in Hong Kong before moving back to Canada with his parents.  Brian has called Toronto home ever since.  In his spare time, Brian can often be found on a pair of skis in the winter, or in the swimming pool in the summer, always leaving enough time for dim sum though.

Annie Sun, Director

Annie Sun is a poet, musician, singer/songwriter, performer, social worker and mobilizer. Annie works with newcomer communities in priority neighbourhoods supporting residents in settlement, employment, and sits on Toronto North LIP and L.H.I.O.N.S  steering groups working with agencies and residents in areas of community development, civic engagement and leadership building. Committed to empowering and amplifying marginalized voices, Annie has dedicated her life in service to social justice and equities work operating from the lens of anti-oppressive framework. Annie is a child of the diaspora. Born in Beijing, Annie moved to the United Kingdom at aged 9 before immigrating to Canada at age 14. Annie believes in using art as a powerful tool to heal, and transform communities. Annie currently serves on the CCNCTO Advocacy Committee and has previously served on the Asian Community AIDS Services Board.

Amy Tang, Director

Amy Tang is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and has recently completed her articles in the areas of labour and pensions law at Koskie Minsky LLP. She has experience in legal research, drafting legal submissions, and providing advice to trade union clients.  Amy is keenly interested in protecting workers’ rights and a number of social justice issues facing Chinese Canadians in the City of Toronto. Amy is also member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and is committed to advancing greater diversity within the legal profession.

  Jaden Hsin-Yun Peng, Director

Jaden Hsin-Yun Peng (彭心筠) is currently a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at York University. Jaden was born in Taiwan, has devoted to LGBTQ movement, human rights, and employment services for marginalized individuals in Taiwan for the past ten years. After migrating to Toronto in 2015, she is working on immigrant issues, migrant worker and sex worker rights, and Chinese lesbian newcomer networking.

 

Edward Hon-Sing Wong, Director

Edward Hon-Sing Wong is a doctoral student at York University’s Social Work PhD program. With a background in mental health practice and community organizing on issues of migrant justice and anti-racism, his work weaves together critical perspectives on psychiatry with anti-colonial and anti-racist theory. His published writings and presentations include a historical examination of processes of disablisim within Canadian immigration policy, Canadian social work and colonialism, experiences of non-status students in accessing education, and discourses of race in Canadian mental hygiene movement literature.