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.

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Society Directors

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Griffin Chen, President

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

Wilson Louie Vice-President

Wilson Louie, Vice-President

Wilson has lived in Victoria for over 50 years: attended the Chinese School, belonged to the Chinatown Lion’s Club Marching Band, is a Director at large of the Yen Wo Temple Society, and is one of the original members of the Wong’s Kung Fu Club.  He is currently Site Supervisor at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for the Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Department.  He was previously a Volunteer Firefighter in North Saanich and volunteers with youth sports. Recently, he has become a grandfather and with his wife, Diane enjoys spending time with his grandson.

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David 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 the CPA Education Program.

Anna Wang, 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.

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Sherman 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 bookkeeping practice 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.

Ellen Fung, Director

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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.

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.

 

Maxine Alford Director

 

Maxine Alford, Director

(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.

Frank Kung Director

Frank Kung, Director

Frank immigrated to Canada in 1970. He opened the first Dim Sum restaurant in Victoria. Frank is currently serving as a Director of the Victoria Chinese Community Services Centre. Before retiring, he worked for B. C. Ferries for 37 years as a Deck Officer, Training Officer for Safety, Firefighting, Damage/Crowd Control, and was a member of the Human Rights Committee. He also served as the B. C. Ferry and Marine Worker’s Union at the Swartz Bay Terminal.

Julia Lacey Director

Julia Lacy, Director

Julia was born in Hong Kong to Chinese and British parents.  She has degrees in Computer Science and Anthropology, worked for the provincial and federal government as well as a local non-profit organization.  She has been a member of various service organizations and would like to be able to serve the local community and reconnect more with her Chinese heritage.

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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

Interim Director of Care and Manager – Dr Maxine Alford (PHD)

Maxine Alford Director

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)

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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.

Administrative Coordinator: Sukanda Silpachai

Sukanda Silpachai

I was born in Bangkok, Thailand and graduated from Kasetsart University in 2009.  I attended University for a bit and end up with a Masters in Soil Microbiology.  After that, I worked in the laboratory for 4 years; conducting microbiology experiments checking for different minerals in the soil to ascertain if the soil was fertile enough to grow various plants.  I came to Canada to study but once arriving in Canada I decided I wanted to immigrate.  Initially, I worked as a babysitter for 2 years at a private daycare.  I studied in Business Administration for one year and gained employment with Salvation Army for approximately 2 years.  At that time, I felt fulfilled in what I had hoped to gain from this learning experience.  Then I was looking forward to another learning challenge and was hired by Victoria Chinatown Care Centre approximately one year ago.  I love to learn and provide information for residents and staff.  I enjoy helping others in any capacity that I can.  Currently, I am continuing my education in Business Administration alongside full-time work at Victoria Chinatown Care Centre.  I love food and have sampled many restaurant foods in Victoria; meat in particular, not so fussy about vegetables! 

Additional Professionals:

  • Occupational Therapy:  Engage Therapy
    Melissa Lee, Occupational Therapist
  • Alexa Purdie, Occupational Therapist
  • Bukky Mayomi, Rehab Assistant
  • Kelsea Hughes, Rehab Assistant

Diet Specialist:
Tiffany Rusch, Dietician

Others:

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