Some of my past projects
Because LinkedIn doesn’t do justice to my eclectic interests and work history.
I love to inspire students and new grads by sharing my personal journey as an Asian Canadian female entrepreneur. Sometimes I also teach coaching skills and lead laughter yoga. Groups I’ve worked with include:
- Young Women in Business, SFU Chapter
- Sauder School of Business, UBC
- New Taiwanese Generation Exchange Program, UBC
- Bridge for Health, Burnaby Public Library Talks
If you would like to learn more about my story, you can read this Life Lesson featured in Business in Vancouver or watch this interview with DebTalksTV.
I have worked extensively as a volunteer, consultant, and staff member of amazing organizations. Here is a sampling of how I’ve applied my strategic planning, community engagement, as well as training and development skills.
Many people affected by cancer don’t use support services because they don’t know about the services. My task was to change that. I expanded the Canadian Cancer Society’s network of referral partners and stewarded stakeholder relationships with health care providers, hospital management, professional associations, advocacy groups, and community-based organizations. I managed a team of volunteers, developed systems for outreach, and trained staff members to sustain efforts.
Having had three family members affected by cancer, I continue to support the cancer cause at the Jean C. Barber Lodge, a non-medical “home away from home” for those who must travel to Vancouver for outpatient treatment and consultation. Always focused on creating a welcoming environment, sometimes I also dress up for the occasion!
Community Builders International Network is a group of humanitarian organizations united by the mission to support communities of extreme poverty in their quest to find natural pathways to wellness and self-sufficiency. As Community Engagement Lead in Vancouver, I facilitated inter-agency collaboration focused on ending street homelessness, sought opportunities for innovative partnerships between public and private sectors, and empowered staff and tenants of supportive housing to carry out their ideas for development.
The Feast Worldwide was a movement of passionate individuals rallying at the dinner table to tackle the issues they care about. I introduced this movement to Vancouver and hosted three dinner events highlighting food security and youth empowerment projects in the city.
Health & Research
I spent most of my 20s in the health field supporting the following efforts:
- Knowledge exchange and systems planning for mental health and addictions
- Children’s health initiatives by international non-profits
- Hepatitis B and C clinical trials
- Health promotion in San Francisco Chinatown
- Social support for Asian American and Pacific Islander breast cancer survivors and their caregivers
- Research on ovarian cancer genes
If you would like to know more about my personal story, you might want to visit my bio page and blog.