Mission Statement, 2018
To create a culturally sensitive care community which supports the quality of life for our residents.
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.
We have a new President of our Board, Dan Huang, effective March 20, 2020, who was unanimously confirmed by our Board. Dan has been Secretary, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the Board since 2012. He brings his wealth of relevant experience, quiet competence and dedication to our Centre, its residents and staff. Our prior President, John Cheung, is continuing as a member of our Executive Committee and wishes to focus his energy on our expansion project. Sherman Lum remains as Vice-President, and David Lau continues as our Treasurer. Anna Wang and Maxine Alford are now sharing the Secretary position.
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.
Sherman Lum, Vice-President
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.
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 for the CPA education Program.
John Cheung, Director
Mr Cheung is a graduate of UBC School of Business. Prior to his retirement, he had worked in both 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.
Peter Yeung, Director
Peter came from Hong Kong in 1974 to attend university. He is an accountant and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He retired after 30 years working in the provincial government of B.C. where his responsibilities were mainly in budgeting and financial planning, for MSP, and Emergency Health Services.
Maxine Alford, Co-Secretary
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.
Gayle Chong, Director
Gayle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where she built a 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.
Margaret Lee, Director
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
Gilbert Cheung, Director
Gilbert worked in Hong Kong as a banker before immigrating to Canada and has been an activist in the Chinese community. He is currently President of the Chinese Community Service Centre of Victoria, past president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Housing Society, and Executive Director of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Victoria, the Chinese Freemasons of Victoria, and the Lung Kong Tin Yee Association of Victoria. He enjoys retirement, by taking leadership and managerial roles in these different non-profit Chinese Societies and organizations; he contributes to the Chinese community and helps those in need.
Ellen Fung, Director
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.
Anna Wang, Co-Secretary
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.
Griffin Chen, Director
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
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.
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
- 7 Professional Contractors
Staff Leadership Team
Director of Care: Ramneet Sandhu
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.
Administrator: Shivaun Robbins
Shivaun was born in Montreal Quebec and moved west with her family at age ten. After attending Camosun College and UVIC, began her career in Long Term Care in 1994. With 25 years of healthcare experience, she found what she calls her second home at Chinatown Care in 2001. VCCS has undergone many changes over the years and her role has evolved and expanded with those changes. The Board, Staff, Residents, Families and Community at large is a committed group providing quality, culturally sensitive, person-centred care. It is that commitment and determination which makes her proud to be part of such a special place.
With two active teenagers at home preparing for graduation, life is busy and fulfilling. Married for 22 years, she and her husband look forward to once again travelling the world.
Occupational Therapy: Engage Therapy
Melissa Lee, Occupational Therapist
Abigail Constantino, Rehab Assistant
Susie Wilson, Dietician
Beverly Steeves, Foot Care Nurse
Annie Wu – Activity and Volunteer Coordinator
Ting Lu – Finance
Ken Somerville – Maintenance Advisor
LowellAnn Fuglsang – Admin Support and Website Developer