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The board 2011-2012

The Board

Chairperson: Ms Consa Leung Sin Mei

Vice-Chairperson:  

Dr Clare Cheng Yuk Kwan
Ms Iris Lieu Sung Mai
Hon. Secretary: Ms Yu Suet Ping, Elsie
Hon. Treasurer: Mrs Chong Wong Chor Sar
Members:

Mr Christopher Wong Man Hoi,
Ms Lily H. Tanco,
Sister Joan O’Connor

Our Team

Ms Consa Leung Sin Mei
Ms Leung is a physiotherapist with a Master degree in Health Science (Gerontology).  She has been working in the field of rehabilitation for both children and elderly for over 20 years based on one belief – “person centre”.  She ensures the importance to pursue empowerment to both the person with disabilities and their caregivers, including family members and workers.  She co-authored 10 papers and presented twice in the Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation.  She also wrote a book in Chinese called “寓治療於康樂 -關顧中風人士的整體需要” (Therapeutic Recreation – a holistic approach to the caring of people with stroke ) and was published in 2008 with the support of her previous employer SAHK.  After her early retirement in 2010, she started to volunteer in the field of rehabilitation.

Dr Clare Cheng Yuk Kwan
Dr Clare Cheng has worked for children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities for over 26 years having spent 14 years at the forefront working as a physiotherapist and 12 years in administration and training.  She was awarded Honorary Conductor by the Senate of the International András Petö Institute, Hungary in 2001. She believes the habilitation of children with disability should be beyond the medical model and emphasizes a holistic approach to promote the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of the children. She sees parents as the key persons in this approach. It is her vision to contribute her professional knowledge and skills to promote this approach, particularly in developing regions and she resigned from her full-time occupation in 2008 to pursue this ideal.  She joined the Foundation in 2009.

Ms Iris Lieu Sung Mai
Ms Lieu was a successful business woman involved in high fashion retail business, human resources training and business development. She is currently the CEO of CereCare Wellness Centre for Children in Shanghai, China. (www.cerecarewellness.org) The Centre is a non-profit organization, founded by her sister, Shun Ling, who has been working tirelessly for physically challenged children in China for over 30 years. CereCare Wellness Centre receives no funding support from the government. Ms Lieu is strongly committed and dedicated to the development of special education and comprehensive rehabilitation services for children with cerebral palsy in China. She plans to build an all inclusive school for 150 physically challenged children.

Mr Christopher Wong Man Hoi
Being a parent of a kid with multiple disabilities, Christopher understands well the challenges persons with disability and their families face. He has been advocating human rights since he was a student and endeavours in advancing the rule of law through education. He has also been involved in humanitarian work and research associated with disability law.

Mrs Chong Wong Chor Sar,  MH, JP
Mrs Chong had been a social worker in special education and child and family welfare services for 12 years before she joined The Spastics Association of HK (renamed as SAHK in 2008, www.sahk1963.org.hk) as the General Secretary from 1978 to 2005. During her working life, she was actively involved in the development of many new services for special education and rehabilitation through which very many disabled persons and their families benefitted. On her retirement, she continues her services with the elderly and in the field of education and rehabilitation on a volunteer basis.

Ms Yu Suet Ping, Elsie

Ms Yu is an occupational therapist and has worked for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities for over 15 years. She believes that every child is unique and should be given opportunity to develop and learn. She insists on a holistic approach to the rehabilitation and education of a child and believes that in implementation, a trans-disciplinary team is important. She co-wrote with Sr. Joan O’Connar, “Moving Ahead”, a training manual for children with motor disorders. The book was first published in English in 1998 and in Chinese in 2002.

Ms Lily H. Tanco
Ms Tanco has been engaged in several business fields before finding her true calling in special education. She completed her education in child psychology, holds a masters degree in educational management and is a candidate for a doctorate in the same program. She envisions a future where training and education for children with special needs is accessible across the developmental life-span, culture, and social strata.

Sister Joan O’Connor
Sister Joan is Irish, based in Hong Kong since 1973. She was awarded Honorary Conductor by the Senate of the International András Petö Institute, Hungary in 2004. She has worked for children with disabilities throughout her professional life both in Hong Kong and on mainland China. She has been involved at frontline, in teaching and administration.  During her time on the mainland, she noted the shortage of rehabilitation materials for frontline workers. She co-wrote with Ms Elsie Yu, occupational therapist, ‘Moving Ahead’ a training manual for children with motor disorders. The book was published in English 1998, and in Chinese in 2002.  Since retiring, she continues to work as a volunteer with disabled children, mostly on the mainland.