Staff

 

Alvis Choi, Interim Executive Director

Alvis served on the Board of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter from 2014 to 2017. They* were the Head of the Advocacy Committee and was appointed as the Chairperson in 2015. Alvis is a researcher, artist and facilitator born and raised in Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Toronto in 2011, Alvis was the Assistant Manager at Videotage, a non-profit artist-run centre pioneering in creative community engagement through new media art across regions. Alvis is a member of the QTPOC (queer and trans people of colour) community and is committed to the work of community empowerment, anti-racism, coalition building, labour rights and anti-oppression. They previously served on the Board of Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. Alvis obtained their Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto (2016) with a research focus on queer of colour performance and is a collective member of Marvellous Grounds, a project that researches and documents queer of colour spaces within Toronto/Three Fires Territories and beyond.

*Alvis goes by pronouns they, them, their, theirs as gender-neutral alternatives to he or she. 

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.

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.

  Ben Xuhao Wang, Director

(王旭浩) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto. Ben is currently involved with CCNCTO’s ongoing research projects and is responsible for drafting grant submissions. As a board member, Ben aims to expand CCNCTO’s research activities and to build strong relationships with other non-profit groups with an emphasis on youths, employment, and new immigrant issues.

 Updated: August 2017