Geriatric care is important to the society and it is not an easy task. The gradual ageing of the population is a social problem, which the community will necessarily have to spend resources to handle.
On Saturday February 22, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. on Jade Channel, TVB, there will be a fund-raising event presented by Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation of Hong Kong Limited – a charitable organization formed by a group of dedicated Hong Kong Volunteers who believe in spreading the Yee Hong Model of care for geriatric in Hong Kong, mainland China and Asia. The show is to raise funds to build the Education and Training Centre so that Yee Hong’s best practices can be shared with, and for education of, those who are interested in providing services to the senior population in the most appropriate and possible way.
We wish to enlist the support of our members to this worthwhile project to benefit the seniors. In 1990, CCA responded to the call of the community to start CDNIS. We did it as a community service to Hong Kong and many executives and members of CCA devoted selflessly time and money to help the project for the good of the community as a whole. We did demonstrate the strength of the Canadian community in Hong Kong, in particular, the collective strength of the Chinese Canadian community in connection with that project.
Yee Hong was started in the same year as CCA in 1987. It opened its first geriatric center in Toronto in 1994 and has since provided high quality and award-winning care services for the seniors.
As a leader in the field, visitors from all over the world have come to visit and learn from Yee Hong. These include the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, which will build a center modeled after Yee Hong in Shenzhen. Others include S.U.C.C.S.S. Multi-level Care Society in Vancouver; Chinese Christian Wing Kei Nursing Home Association in Calgary; The Glebe Center in Ottawa and also visitors from China, United States, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and you name it.
Yee Hong was so well-received that Ontario Ministry of Health awarded it 715 bed licenses in 1998 and 1999 which translate into an operating funding of over C million a year. Yee Hong is to build three additional geriatric care centers, along with an expansion of the first Center with the awarded bed licenses to provide its excellent care to the thousand of seniors on the Yee Hong waiting list. Markham Yee Hong Center with 200 beds has started serving seniors in October 2002. Mississauga Yee Hong Center with another 200 beds will be completed in the fall of 2003. On site with the Scarborough Yee Hong Center (250 beds) scheduled to be completed in mid-2004, a premier education and training center will also be built for the benefit of all service for the seniors.
In the short history of Yee Hong, it has served thousands of seniors and their families in its Center. The majority of them have spent their lives in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has, therefore, indirectly benefited from its operations.
Please support by making a donation and you can commit by either making a pledge ahead of the Show, or during the Show.
For information, you may contact Yee Hong’s website at www.yeehong.com
SUPPORT LIFELINE EXPRESS – A CHARITY TO PROVIDE EYE OPERATIONS FOR THE POOR IN CHINA
Marcia Aw was our new recruit and a returnee from Vancouver.
She attended boarding schools in England in the sixties and migrated to Vancouver some 20 years ago. While living in Canada, she involved mainly with charitable works.
In the beginning of 2003, Marcia visited Hong Kong and was introduced to Lifeline Express by the Chairman of Impact Hong Kong Foundation, Nellie Fong. The works of Lifeline Express greatly fascinated her and prompted her return to Hong Kong to devote herself to the cause. She took up the post of General Manager, Projects.
What is “Lifeline Express”? You may ask.
It is a purpose built eye hospital train that shuttles through the remote villages of Mainland China. Annually, more than 9,000 free cataract operations are performed on the train. The train consists of a consultation clinic, a laboratory, an operating theatre and a recovery room.
In 1997, the first “Lifeline Express” funded by the Hong Kong Impact Foundation was donated to Mainland China by Hong Kong and now after six short years, three trains are in operation. Due to the success of the trains, China granted a charity license to “Lifeline Express” in the Mainland.
Removing cataract and restoring sight is not the only goal of “Lifeline Express”, the long term prospect is to build microscopic eye surgery training centers in existing hospitals in different parts of China. Your support can be extended by way of volunteer work or donations.
Donation can be paid directly to:
Hong Kong Bank Account no. 511-895955-001 or
Bank of China (HK) Account no.012-875-0-0279600 by check payable to “Impact Hong Kong Foundation” or can be sent to Room 907, China Aerospace Center, 143 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
For enquiries, please call 2861-0862
CCA was incorporated in November 1987. The main architects of its constitution were Ching-Wo Ng and Spencer Lee.
The Memorandum and Articles of Association (“M/A”) of CCA are its constitution which prescribe regulations for the internal management of CCA and must be followed until such regulations are amended.
Relevant to the upcoming AGM are the rules governing the proceedings at the meeting and votes of members.
Lately, queries have been raised on the interpretation of the M/A in respect of the following matters and we wish to clarify as follows:
1. Voting right at AGM
Under Article 30 of the M/A, “every member … who is a Canadian citizen shall have one note …”. This means that those who are not Canadian citizens have no right to vote.
2. Proof of Canadian citizenship
All Canadian citizen should have a Certificate of Canadian citizenship issued by the Canadian government and it appears that holder of a Canadian passport issued by the Canadian government is also acceptable to prove a person’s Canadian citizenship standing.
3. Membership of the Executive Committee
Under Article 41, “no person who is not a voting member shall … be eligible to hold office as a member of the Executive Committee.”
There is, therefore, a restriction/requirement that all members of the Executive Committee should be Canadian citizens.
4. Eligibility for election to membership of the Executive Committee
Under Article 42, “No person shall be eligible for election to membership of the Executive Committee at any Annual General Meeting unless not less than fourteen days before the day appointed for the meeting, there shall have been given to the Honorary Secretary notice in writing and signed by two members duly qualified to be present and vote at the meeting such notice of their intention to propose such member for election”.
This means that the Nomination Form that was sent with the AGM notice should be duly completed and delivered to the Secretary not less than 14 days before April 28, 2003. Late submission of the Nomination Form means failure to comply with this Article. This means that the nominees on such Form will not be eligible for election to the Executive Committee or Board of Directors, as the case may be, for year 2003 to year 2004.
A series of articles on Neck and Back Pain-
by Dr. Philip Leong, B.Sc. M.D. (UBC)
Canadian Asian Neck & Back Institute (“CANBI”)
Introduction from the Chairman
Neck and Back pain are common afflictions that afflict many of us, especially for those involving desk works.
I met Dr. Philip Leong when we both started our tertiary education at UBC.
Philip was an outstanding student at UBC completing his B.Sc. (1st class honors) majoring in Bio- Chemistry and his M.D. degrees at UBC within a short span of six years only.
After practicing in Vancouver for many years, he returned to Hong Kong in 1998 and has since held the positions of Medical Director, Asia Pacific Region, Canadian Back Institute and Clinic Director, Canadian Asian Neck and Back Institute in Hong Kong.
Since his return to Hong Kong, Philip has conducted numerous case management of Back and Neck Injury and/or functional capacity evaluations for leading institutions in Hong Kong and conducted numerous courses and occupational health training programs for professional groups such as Raffles Medical Group, Hong Kong Dental Association, the Law Society of Hong Kong, etc.
His involvement with CANBI has made him a suitable person to address the issue of Neck and Back pain and Philip has graciously agreed to start his series of articles, starting this issue, on the matter.
I am thankful that Philip has agreed to share his expertise and experience and help us understand better Neck and Back pain that is so common amongst us city dwellers.
1. Articles on Neck and Back Pain
Neck and Back pain are common afflictions. Eight out of ten people will experience one or both of these conditions some time in their lives.
I use the term “condition” because in the great majority of cases, the presence of neck or back pain does not mean you have a disease. In fact, less than 5% of people going to the doctor with neck and back pain actually have significant medical pathology. The other 95% of us have common, garden variety, mechanical neck and back pain, from excessive loading of spinal structures, especially those undergoing normal aging changes.
I am not trivializing the 95% of mechanical pain. Although the nature is benign and the response to proper treatment can be rapid and satisfying, the amount of pain experienced by the sufferer is real and can be severe and disabling.
For both the pain suffer and the therapist, it can be frustrating to treat neck and back pain. Often the pain keeps coming back and the pain doesn’t always respond to treatment as you would hope.
The reason is actually quite simple.
There are actually many kinds of neck and back pain, the treatment of which are specific and different in each case. If the type of pain is recognized and the appropriate therapy instituted, it is not uncommon to witness improvement within days or even hours. On the other hand, if the type of pain is not correctly identified and the pain suffer (notice I try not to use the term “patient”) received only “standardized” forms of treatment, such as hot packs, traction, electrotherapy, ultrasound, massage etc., it is not surprising that the pain does not respond to therapy, or only responds on a short term basis.
If you suffer from neck and back pain, you owe it to yourself to find out more about your pain and what you can do to conquer it.
Until next time ……
Philip Leong (M.D. Canada)
Canadian Asian Neck & Back Institute (CANBI)
Share Memories, Songs and Laughter
with DANNY DIAZ at Hotel Miramar’s “eyes”
Hong Kong’s consummate entertainer Danny Diaz is a Canadian citizen residing in Canada. The distance does not deter him from returning to Hong Kong to entertain us from time to time. This Canadian, like so many of us, do love Hong Kong.
Diaz’ imitable showmanship is a rare find today and you will be assured with Diaz around you have a blast of a good time. Diaz’ personal musical journey travels right back in the time to the band scene of 1960’s Hong Kong, where he performed at the famed Bayside Bar. Diaz’s band ‘Danny Diaz and the Checkmates’ made history by being the first Hong Kong band that went to Athens after winning the Battle of the Sounds competition.
To describe the energy of Diaz’s show is as difficult as explaining why the entertainer continues to charm his audiences. He sings, he tells jokes, his suit pockets are lined with anecdotes, but above all, one can’t help but be captivated by his immaculate off-the-cuff showmanship. He can easily host the show with fun and laughter for a straight 3-hour. It is just business; he does enjoy what he is doing!
As he grooves his way through the performance with his repertoire of songs and stories, he helps his audience to relive and be entertained by the shimmering memories, songs and laughters of Hong Kong’s yester-years as you are guided through the musical time capsule.
Recently, a new member came to me and expressed her concern that she might lose her job if she could not get enough clients to satisfy her quotas.
She joined CCA several months ago. There was some degree of participation, on her part, of the affairs of CCA – in the sense that she helped out in certain events organized by CCA. She did not have a job then but subsequently obtained a job which required her to lobby or cold-call clients. She had a probation period to demonstrate her salesmanship. She turned to members of CCA and her approach was that as fellow members, we should help her to satisfy her quotas and hence, secure her job.
Before I go further, perhaps I should print out one of the objectives of CCA:
“To provide facilities for social intercourse between Members of the Association and their families and friends and to afford them all or any of the usual privileges, advantages, conveniences and accommodation of a club.”
In the past, I have eye-witnessed how members, through participation of CCA’s affairs, have developed to become associates of a business, or through co-operation, enhance each other’s business developments. These relationships do not come merely because they are members of CCA; they come because CCA provides our members, especially executive committee members, a forum to work together as a team and through such associations, develop friendship, understanding and trust of each other.
I have grave reservation whether these successful examples can be successful at all, if, from the very beginning, similar approach was taken by these members as the one referred to at the beginning of this article.
By the nature of our Association, it is all encompassing. It is not an association of a trade or alumni of a school or university so that each member will have similar backgrounds. Our members are from all walks of life. It is exactly the diversity of the backgrounds of our members that gives us the strength, that is, if we can mobilize them to work towards a goal. It is also the harmonious nature of our cultural background that gives us the uniqueness and an easy-to-mix element in our membership. Such ingredient is a strong catalyst to spark business relationship and friendship.
Recent years, there were calls for the formation of a “Biz Club” in CCA. The idea, as I understand it, was essentially to form a club within a club so as, allegedly, to create better business opportunities for our members.
I find the approach puzzling and unnecessarily put us in direct conflict with the Chamber; the latter is, as I understand it, a business center to promote Canadian businesses between Canada, Hong Kong and China.
Hong Kong is a business center. I have no qualms against anyone to take every opportunity to promote business. But, at CCA, we do it in a more subtle manner and as a member nicely puts it – it is a “by-product” of our membership to CCA. By providing a focal point for our members, we socialize and build up friendships and only then, the business networking will flow as a by-product.
In my view, the subtle approach may well be, in this part of the world, a better one to promote business, if it is your desire to do so.
July 1 is a special day, especially for Canadians residing in Hong Kong, be they returnees or expatriates.
It is a day for celebration – a day which marks the anniversary of the birth of Canada; it is also a special day for Hong Kong citizens – it is a day which marks the return of the sovereignty of Hong Kong to China.
The change of sovereignty means we are now part of China and our ultimate master is the PRC. Having said that, I must emphasize that you must not take me wrong. After all, the PRC government has been true to its word and it has indeed been trying very hard to maintain the promise of “One Country Two Systems” – a concept that is easier said than to maintain.
Any change in sovereignty necessarily brings forth a change in the pre-existing system and as its citizens, we too, have to adopt ourselves to the change.
As duel citizens, we have the advantages of having spent time in Canada and indeed, it is a place which brings back fond memories to many of us. More importantly, many of us still have strong ties with Canada and that is why July 1 is a special day for all of us.
That was the reason why we organized the Regatta to celebrate July 1, the birthday of Canada and the return of sovereignty of H.K. to China.
Some time in May, I ran into Allan McLeod, Head of CDNIS and James Mistruzzi, Principal of Japanese International School at Aberdeen Boat Club.
During our conversations, I mentioned CCA’s intention to establish the post of “Director for Expatriate Affairs” and the fact that I was (and still am) looking for a suitable candidate for it. The idea was to have someone to deal with expatriates and handle their related affairs. Then the issue of who should be considered as an expatriate was raised. I found it intriguing as, apparently, Allan seemed to be of the view that I should consider myself (or words to that effect) “an expatriate” as well.
I am a person who was educated and raised in Hong Kong, went to Canada to continue my tertiary education and returned to Hong Kong after obtaining my two degrees from UBC and my Canadian citizenship status.
It is intriguing, at least to me, to be considered as an “expatriate” in such circumstances as it has never dawned on me in all these years that I should be considered as such.
One dictionary defines “Expatriate” as a “person living outside his own country”. Hong Kong was my home before I left for Canada and the place that I returned to live after spending eleven odd years in Canada. As I am now living in my “home country”, it seems that I should be considered as a returnee but not an expatriate in the true sense and meaning of the word.
Certainly, any Canadians who came to work in Hong Kong and do not hold a permanent Hong Kong Identity Card should rightly be considered as an expatriate and I venture to say, even amongst those who have obtained a permanent Hong Kong Identity Card, are still expatriates if they were originally having Canada as their home country.
After the analysis, I am happy to report that in the context of the Hong Kong situation, I am not an expatriate but an returnee and my original idea of establishing a post of Director for Expatriate Affairs is proper and appropriate so that CCA can attract more expatriates as members.
This is the 16th year since CCA’s inception in 1987. Many things have happened since then and notwithstanding the somewhat skepticism expressed by the Canadian community at the beginning, CCA has survived, thanks to the efforts and roles played by many of its past chairmen and executives.
Time changes and we all grow with time. In the past 15 years, we witnessed how Hong Kong reached the zenith of its financial status and how its citizens have suffered from the economic downturn since 1997.
Everything in Hong Kong has become so political and unfortunately, not many critics follow on the side of constructive criticism. Alas, it is always so easy to criticize what others do but what we lack is sufficient knowledgeable people to come up and give concrete proposals as to how we should tackle the many problems facing Hong Kong today. Indeed, there might not be any immediate solution but at least, there should be a forum to collect the wisdom of our many talented citizens for the betterment of Hong Kong.
Since the return of Hong Kong to China and the latter’s gradual opening up to outsiders, it seems to me about time for CCA to look inside and adapt to the changing environment.
Chinese encompass one quarter of the world’s population. As Hong Kong citizens, it seems logical we should look north and see to what extent we can utilize our logistic and language convenience, connection with Canada and the West for the betterment of all concerned.
In this part of the world, Chinese Canadians are certainly the biggest group of ethnic Canadian. As a start, it is natural that we should look at our Memorandum and Articles of Association to see whether it is necessary to amend it to cater to the future development of CCA.
With the opening of China and its joining of WTO, many Hong Kong citizens have looked North for business opportunities. As a matter of fact, this has already been the case for years. That means that perhaps CCA should embrace to cover not just Hong Kong but all parts of China, including Taiwan.
I have already initiated the process and a preliminary discussion has already been held at the 2nd meeting of this year’s Executive Committee on July 17. As a matter of fact, the first draft Memorandum of Association has already been prepared for discussion.
If you are interested to express your idea on the matter, please drop me a line at email@example.com
CCA was incorporated on November 3, 1987. Since then, Felix Fong, Kwan Li and Kenny Tam had made amendments to its Memorandum and Articles of Association during their respective years of chairmanship.
These amendments were mainly relating to how different categories of membership were defined, and who was entitled to vote at general or extraordinary meetings of CCA.
After almost 16 years, it seems appropriate to take a close look at the M/A of CCA to see if it is necessary for amendment to reflect the change of time.
Thanks to Janet, the President of Canadian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong (“the Chamber”), I was provided with a copy of its M/A for reference and it was interesting to share my observations of certain facts with you.
The Chamber was an unincorporated association registered on June 2, 1983 under the Societies Ordinance.
On January 24, 1989, the Chamber was formally incorporated as a company limited by guarantee to take over the whole of the assets belonging to its former unincorporated association.
CCA was incorporated in November 1987. This means that in term of the respective dates of incorporation in Hong Kong as a body corporate, CCA actually has a date earlier than the Chamber!
When CCA was incorporated, there was suggestion that it could become oblivion within two years. Thanks to the unrelenting efforts of the past chairmen and the executive committees of CCA, CCA is still alive and kicking after 16 years!