Board of Directors

Ted Lee

President

Ted was born in Malaysia, and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1981. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and later obtained his Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University (on Vancouver Island). Today, Ted is Tourism Vancouver’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Commercial Director – the latter of which is responsible for the front-line visitor servicing, Tickets Tonight box office operations and commercial projects.

Ted’s employment roles—both of which focus on championing the Vancouver visitor experience—mean he is uniquely positioned to contribute to the Garden’s growth. Ted sees the Garden as a uniquely valuable component of Vancouver’s cultural scene, and he intends to strengthen its links with the tourism community.

On a personal level, Ted values the Garden for providing him with a link to his Chinese heritage. Through his work as a trustee, he hopes to foster further understanding between Chinese and non-Chinese cultures, both locally and internationally.

Sing Yeo

Vice President

John Atkin

Vice President

John Atkin is a civic historian and author who has an insatiable curiosity about the history of the city of Vancouver. He has published five books – Heritage Walks Around Vancouver (1992), Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood (1994), Vancouver Walks (2004), Skytrain Explorer (2005) and The Changing City (2011) — as well as numerous articles on heritage issues. John has appeared regularly on television and radio, including for CBC and CTV, was featured in the 1994 Vancouver documentary Glowing in the Dark, and curated a Vancouver Museum exhibition titled City Lights: Neon in Vancouver.

A longtime volunteer at the Garden, John has aided extensively in developing its tours and in providing an accurate interpretation of Chinatown’s history. As a heritage consultant, he co-wrote the application for Chinatown’s national historic site status, in which the Garden was a prominent feature. John is a board member and co-chair of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, and his famous walking tour of the Garden’s neighbourhood focuses on revealing the real Chinatown—“not the myths of opium dens, tunnels and other nonsense.”

Looking to the future, John hopes that his extensive knowledge of heritage buildings will be of use as the Garden moves forward with its application for inclusion on the heritage register. He also wants to ensure that the Garden plays a significant role in the future of Chinatown as the area continues to evolve. Board duties aside, when he can find the time, he wants to continue to indulge in one of his favourite activities: taking to the Garden on a sunny day to sit, read and draw.

Rosalind Breckner

Treasurer

Warren Wong

Secretary

Warren Wong is presently, the Executive Vice President of Talent & Culture at Appnovation Technologies, where he is responsible for talent organization, acquisition, engagement, and development strategies in support of the company’s global expansion as a world leader in open technologies and services. His mandate also includes corporate citizenship and community engagement.

Warren is a strategic human capital and business leader whose passion is to transform, enable and inspire organizations. Warren has more than thirty years of experience and success in influencing hyper growth and emerging organizations ranging from local start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Local companies that have benefited from Warren’s passion and innovative leadership include Intrawest, Burntsand Solutions and Elastic Path Software; international organizations include eBay and Microsoft.

Warren is a 1984 Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Arts, Communications graduate. During his time at SFU, he was the co-founder and President of the SFU Autosport Club. After graduating, Warren was one of the first recipients of the province’s Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, for which he helped develop the program requirements as a member of the Professional Development Committee with the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association.

A lifelong Vancouverite, Warren has generously given his time to a variety of community and civic events, including the 1986 World Exposition, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2011 Grey Cup Festival, and the 2011 City of Vancouver civic election. Earlier in Warren’s career, he was a board member for the Psoriasis Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society, and sat on many advisory committees including the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Human Resources Management program.

Besides his role as Secretary on the Garden’s board, Warren is presently a board director with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, sitting on both the governance and nominations committees, and is an advisory committee member at Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting. Additionally, Warren is a member of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association’s Talent Advisory Council and a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission.

Married for thirty-one years with two adult children, Warren is an avid cyclist, having cycled on two Ride to Conquer Cancer rides and three GranFondo Whistler rides, and is a member of the Glotman*Simpson Cycling Club, riding to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.

C.D Alison Bailey

Board Member

Alison holds a BA, MA and a PhD in Chinese literature (modern and pre-modern), and has researched, taught and published on Chinese literature, language, culture, and history for more than two decades. For the last seventeen years, her academic home has been UBC’s Department of Asian Studies and the Institute of Asian Research. Alison is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese and in reading classical Chinese; she also lived and worked in Beijing for nearly four years, and returns frequently for work-related trips.

As former Director of the Centre of Chinese Research (CCR) at UBC (2003-2011), Alison organized large numbers of public events, including international conferences, talks, seminars, film showings, art shows, and musical performances. During her tenure, the CCR became one of the most active centres at UBC, with over 25 events per academic year. Alison also served as director of China Links: Professional Seminars at UBC (2010-2012) – a training program in China promoting engagement with North American business, government and NGO representatives.

Alison believes that the Garden provides a haven of beauty and quiet energy that is at once symbolic of Vancouver and BC’s long-standing links with Chinese communities, and evocative of the aesthetic traditions of Chinese garden culture. She has spent many pleasant hours in the Garden over the years, and is honoured to be helping guide its future path. She enjoys the ways in which nature, music, art, and performance all intermingle in the Garden, and over the coming years wants to continue to explore the promotion of traditional Chinese activities. Alison also hopes to engage those new Chinese communities currently unfamiliar with Chinatown and the Garden.

Stella Boyland

Board Member

Stella Boyland is an architectural designer with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Architecture from UBC. She works with natural materials: ceramics and organic textiles, creating beautiful understated designs which are harmonious and beautiful to contemplate. Stella is one of the co-founders of The Aviary, Vancouver’s first coworking studio and shopfront dedicated to supporting independent architects, designers, and creatives.

Stella’s favourite place in Vancouver is Chinatown. Aside from the beautiful oasis the Garden provides, she loves the old Hong Kong style cafes which remind her of her childhood.

Gerry Dragomir

Board Member

Gerald Dragomir, CMA, FCMA, ChPC

Gerald returns to the Garden Board after a two-year hiatus, having served on the Board for 6 years previously.

Gerald has been an accountant in public practice since 1984 when he attained a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. In 2012 Gerald was awarded a Fellowship (FCMA) based on his years of contribution to CMABC and his local community.

Gerald started the accounting firm, Pace Accounting Inc., to extend his community involvement by providing professional management and accounting support to community based organizations in the Lower Mainland. Gerald was actively involved in the origins of many community groups on the Downtown Eastside and East End area of the city.

Gerald has lived in or around Vancouver since 1973 when he moved here from Windsor, ON. Gerald has made his home in the Commercial Drive area for the entire time he has lived in Vancouver. With Harry Rankin for a next door neighbour it was impossible not to be aware of and get involved in the local community.

Gerald has served on the boards or on an advisory capacity to many organizations over the years. He has also been very actively involved in community sports programs and attained a professional coaching designation (ChPC) in 2010. In 2012 Gerald coached at the Olympics where his athlete set a new Canadian record in his event.

Stephanie Li

Board Member

A long-time Vancouver resident of Chinese-Canadian heritage, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and went on to complete the General Management program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Currently, Stephanie is the Co-Founder and Principal for Spotlight West Communications. She has also worked in both private and non-profit sectors with extensive experience in major gift fundraising and external relations, having worked on multi-million dollar campaigns for BC Children’s Hospital and UBC.

Stephanie is an engaged and active member of her community. Aside from the Garden, she was on the Board of Directors for Chimo Community Services, a past mentor for the Arts Co-op Students’ Association Mentorship Program, and is a member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).

Fluent in Cantonese, Stephanie has also worked and travelled in Asia. It was during various visits to classical gardens in China where her appreciation for them was first kindled. She joined the board of Trustees because she sees the Garden as an oasis of calm within an increasingly developed neighbourhood, and one of the spaces in the city that most effectively mixes both culture and tourism. She wants to share her love for Chinese culture and is committed to helping build a bridge between Western and Asian culture through the activities of the Garden.

Inge Roecker

Board Member

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Inge Roecker is an Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Today, Inge lives in Vancouver’s Chinatown, where she operates as principal architect of ASIR architekten, a critical architectural practice that focuses on cultural context and sustainable building.

Inge’s research is focused on sustainable forms of urban habitation and their relationship with evolving social and cultural forces. This expertise has led to her involvement with several organizations in Vancouver and Chinatown specifically, including the Garden, Heritage Vancouver, and the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. She has led community outreach design studios in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Revitalization Program to explore the possibilities of transforming the historic district into a contemporary neighbourhood.

She is also the co-founder of the interdisciplinary research collective, living lab, which centers its inquiry and work on her interests in urban living and urban communities. The social, cultural, and material significance of her practice’s work has been recognized internationally through awards, publications, and exhibitions.

 

Terry Yung

Board Member

As a member of the Vancouver Police Department, Terry Yung began his career in Chinatown, where his fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese was and continues to be an important asset. He has since become a well-known figure in the Vancouver community, alongside his wife, Sarah Kirby-Yung, who serves as the park board liaison to the Garden.

Besides his involvement with the Garden, Terry volunteers for the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and is on the board of immigrant-services organization S.U.C.C.E.S.S., where he previously served as their Vice Chair and Committee Chair. In the past, he served on the Board of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and the Vancouver Cambie Lions Club as well. For his dedication to community service, Terry was awarded the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship in 2015, becoming the first Chinese-Canadian and police officer to receive the honour.

Apart from his volunteer and police duties, Terry is an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and lectures at the People’s Public Security University in Beijing.

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