About Us

Mission Statement, 2018

To create a culturally sensitive care community that supports the quality of life for our residents.

Our HistoryAccreditation

The Victoria Chinatown Care Centre was built on the former site of the Chinese Hospital and operates on a 99-year lease from the City of Victoria granted in 1981.    The Victoria Chinatown Care Society (VCCS) organized and incorporated in September 1980 with the objective of constructing a Care Facility within the Chinese community. Through the efforts of the VCCS Board of Directors, the City of Victoria, and the Province of B.C., the current Victoria Chinatown Care Centre officially opened in 1982.  Since that time, we have prided ourselves on being able to provide safe, culturally sensitive 24-hour resident-centred care for our residents, the majority of whom are of Chinese origin. We recently confirmed accreditation and are a non-profit registered charity.


Message From the President

Dear Staff, Residents and Families of the Victoria Chinatown Care Centre;

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors of the Victoria Chinatown Care Society, we want to provide you with an update on the Director of Care (DOC) transition, following the departure of Mr. Alan Wong on June 30th, 2021.

In the meantime, Dr. Maxine Alford (PHD) has been named as the main point of contact for care and staffing responsibilities.  She will be available at the Care Centre during weekdays (Monday to Friday).  Maxine is a retired RN and is very familiar with the centre having served previously as a temporary DOC, and she has also been a Board Director for the past 9 years.  The Board is very appreciative of Maxine stepping into this role at this critical time.

The Board is actively seeking a new Full-Time Temporary Director of Care in the immediate term, in order to cover the maternity leave of our permanent DOC, Ms Ramneet Sandhu, until Spring 2022.  We are working closely with Island Health through this transition, to ensure continuity of care for our residents and to meet our licensing requirements.

If you have any inquiries for Maxine or myself, please direct them through our Administrative Assistant Ms Sukanda Silpachai at ssilpachai@vccsociety.ca

While there have been many significant challenges for all long term care facilities during COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud of the commitment to care shown by our staff, volunteers, and our Board of Directors.  I am confident that all will continue to ensure the safety and comfort of our residents.  Thank you for your understanding and your continued support.


Dan Huang, President, Victoria Chinatown Care Society


Society Directors

Dan Huang

Dan Huang, President

Dan Huang, MCIP, RPP, moved to beautiful Victoria from Kelowna in 2011. He has served on the VCCS Board since 2012 and was formerly the Board Secretary. He is a Registered Professional Planner and is the Past President of the Planning Institute of British Columbia. He is a partner with Urban Systems, a consultancy firm specializing in land use planning, civil and transportation engineering, environmental design, and community development.

Maxine Alford imageMaxine Alford, Vice-President & Co-Secretary

(on Temporary Leave of Absence)

Maxine Alford obtained an RN with Foothills School of Nursing, Calgary and a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has worked in a variety of clinical areas as well as teaching nursing. Prior to retirement, her position was with the BC Cancer Agency, Provincial Director, Professional Practice Nursing. She was also involved in collaborating with multiple inter-disciplinary committees (Local, Provincial and National levels); Management and Research activities with patients and health care providers. Maxine has been a Director on VCCS for 8 years.

David Lau imageDavid Lau, Treasurer

David is from Hong Kong, China.  He went to Saskatchewan for high school and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Comm degree, and is a CPA, CA and a CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor). David currently works with the Office of the Auditor-General, BC as the Director of IT audit, focusing on Information Technology security assurance. He has also taught at Camosun College and facilitated for the CPA Education Program.

Anna Wang, Co-Secretary

Anna Wang

Anna is a semi-retired dentist, born in Malaysia, raised in Canada by Shanghainese parents.  She graduated from UBC Dentistry in 1981, established a clinic in Duncan, B.C. where she happily practised for over 33 years. Over the years, Anna has led 12 dental missions overseas for charities Poco a Poco and Kindness in Action, providing free dental care to needy people.  Locally, she currently also volunteers with ORCCA, a non-profit children’s clinic in Sidney. She especially enjoys her volunteer work with VCCC, where her mother spent her last good years.

John Cheung, Director

John Cheung

Mr Cheung is a graduate of UBC School of Business. Prior to his retirement, he had worked in both the private and public sectors. His experience in the private sector includes banking, retail, real estate and property management. He spent over three decades in the public sector working at the BC Ministry of Health. He was a senior member of the Ministry’s management team. Over the years, he had been responsible for province-wide programs and services such as Acute and Extended Care Programs, Provincial Programs, Tertiary Care Programs, Health Information Resources, Health Data Reporting and Analysis, Information Privacy and Security, eHealth Legislation, MSP Health Practitioners’ Budgets monitoring, Policy and Planning, special technical projects, various provincial and national committees/working groups and community development initiatives.

Sherman Lum imageSherman Lum, Director

Sherman is a commercial lender with RBC and has been in the financial services industry since 2006.  Born and raised in Victoria he remembers fond childhood memories of weekend trips to Chinatown and always walking past the Victoria Chinatown Care Centre.  He was elected to the executive committee in 2018 and is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our residents while promoting a professional work environment for our caregivers.

Gayle Chong, Director

Gayle Chong

Gayle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where she built a bookkeeping practise until she decided to get out of the cold climate and moved to the Southern United States in 1988. She built another bookkeeping practice until 2009 when she moved back to Canada to be closer to the family. Since her move back to Canada, she has worked again as an independent bookkeeper for small to medium size businesses. Gayle joined the board of the Victoria Chinatown Care Foundation in 2010 and the Victoria Chinatown Care Society in 2013.  She has been a member of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club for six years and currently is the co-treasurer.

Margaret Lee, Director

Margaret Lee

Margaret came to Victoria in 1968 with her family to be reunited with her grandparents, uncles,  and their families. She started working in the banking field after graduation, taking time out to raise three daughters.  She then returned to working for the bank, at the same time helping to manage her family restaurants/catering business. She has served her community by being a past member of Victoria Chinatown Lioness, past treasurer/director of the Lee Benevolent Association (Victoria), a current member of Jade Phoenix Club and volunteering in many other local and out of town fundraising events

Ellen Fung, Director

Ellen Fung image

Ellen was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She has diplomas in Business Studies and Administrative Management from South West London College and has been an Insurance and Financial Advisor for over 25 years. Ellen has extensive community and volunteer experience and has served on the boards of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the Chinatown Lioness Club.

Griffin Chen, Director

Griffin Chen

Griffin recently retired from the underground utility section of the engineering department of the City of Victoria, after 34 years of service. As the Senior Utility Planner, a major focus of his work was developing strategic plans for capital projects. He received his education in B.C. at B.C.I.T. and Camosun College, where he studied land surveying and leadership development


Rowena Ko, Director (on Temporary Leave of Absence)

Rowena Ko

Rowena has always enjoyed serving her family and community in the health care arena. As the Director of Care/Co-Owner of ComForCare Home Health Care on Vancouver Island, based in  Victoria, she helps families, clients, and caregivers achieve their goals. She was also a board member for the Victoria Chinatown Care Foundation.
Rowena studied Nursing at Centennial College. Then earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. She then studied Nursing at Ryerson University, graduating with honours  Prior to her role at ComForCare, she worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care, and Flight.

Terry Chan, Director

Terry Chan Director

Terry was born in Hong Kong and moved to Victoria with his family two years ago. He graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles in 2004. Terry started his Culinary career working for a restauranteur from 2006 until now. He was also involved in collaboration with other retail outlets for managing and training staff.

Staff and Other Professionals

Twenty-four-hour care for 31 residents is provided by 56 employees and additional professionals:

  •    6 Nurses & LPNs,
  •    17 Health Care Workers,
  •   3 Housekeepers,
  •   1 Activity Facilitator
  •   3 Cooks
  •   18 Casuals
  •   8 Professional Contractors

Staff Leadership Team

Temporary Manager – Dr Maxine Alford (PHD)

Maxine Alford image

Maxine Alford obtained an RN with Foothills School of Nursing, Calgary and a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has worked in a variety of clinical areas as well as teaching nursing. Prior to retirement, her position was with the BC Cancer Agency, Provincial Director, Professional Practice Nursing. She was also involved in collaborating with multiple inter-disciplinary committees (Local, Provincial and National levels); Management and Research activities with patients and health care providers. Maxine has been a Director on VCCS for 8 years.

Assistant Director of Care:  Rowena Ko (BScN)

Rowena Ko image

Rowena comes to us with a wealth of Nursing knowledge and experience.  She has extensive experience in acute care and long term care and is very committed to the care of the elderly.  Rowena came to BC from Ontario where she began her Nursing career and subsequently moved to Victoria with her family; collectively she has approximately 15 years of experience.

Prior to VCCC Rowena operated a local home care agency in Victoria, while also working on the Victoria Chinatown Care Foundation.  Afterwards, she joined the Victoria Chinatown Care Society as a Board member. She has spent the last year socially distancing with her family, in particular, her 16-month-old twin girls.

Director of Care:  Ramneet Sandhu (Now on Maternity Leave)

Ramneet Sandhu image

Ramneet graduated with her B.S.N. 2009 from Baba Farid University (Punjab India) and realized her passion was caring for the elderly. She came to Canada to earn her post-diploma certificate in Gerontology and Palliative care (MacEwan University, Edmonton). She has worked for over 5 years as an RN, firstly at Westview Place ECU, Penticton Regional Hospital, and after marrying and moving to Victoria, at Oak Bay Lodge, Royal Jubilee Hospital, and VCCC. As Director of Care, her mission is to continue to make a difference in society by serving our seniors, maintaining their pride, respect and dignity.

Additional Professionals:

  • Occupational Therapy:  Engage Therapy
    Melissa Lee, Occupational Therapist,
  • Alice Wilson, Occupational Therapist
  • Alexa Purdie, Occupational Therapist
    Bukky Mayomi, Rehab Assistant

Diet Specialist:
Tiffany Rusch, Dietician

Michael Kasprzik,  Sole Purpose (Foot Care Nurse)
Kendrick Chung – Finance
Ken Somerville – Maintenance Advisor
LowellAnn Fuglsang – Admin Support and Website Developer