Joanna Kong, HSBC & Woo Yuen Pau, Asia Pacific Foundation join the Salvation Army Greater Vancouver Advisory Board

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - At the celebration of Chinese New Year,
Mr. Thomas Skidmore, Chairman, is honoured to welcome Ms. Joanna Kong,
Vice President and Branch Manager of HSBC Bank Canada and Mr. Woo Yuen Pau,
President and Co-CEO of the Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada to the
Greater Vancouver Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.
    Ms. Kong brings a wealth of cross cultural experience to the
Greater Vancouver Advisory Board. Kong was born in Hong Kong and migrated to
Canada in 1974. A long time volunteer of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese
Community Enrichment Services Society), B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre
Foundation, B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation and B.C. Cancer Agency, Kong
has also been very active in various women's leadership development programs.
    Her sense of community is shared through her current roles as Director of
the Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association; Director of the Hong Kong
Merchants' Association of Vancouver; Treasurer of the Chinese Community
Policing Centre and a member of the City of Vancouver Chinatown Historic Area
Planning Committee.
    "I have worked with many charitable organizations. The Salvation Army has
a long history of caring for the less fortunate. It will be my honour to serve
on the board and broaden my services to the community through such a fine
organization," said Kong regarding the new advisory board role.
    Mr. Woo joins The Salvation Army Greater Vancouver Advisory Board with an
impressive background in international business and public affairs. He is
Canada's representative on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic
Cooperation Council (PECC), Director of the APEC Study Centre in Canada, and
Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian
Research. Mr. Woo chairs the PECC Pacific Economic Outlook forecasting panel
and is coordinator of the annual State of the Region report.
    Mr. Woo is on the management boards of National Centres of Excellence in
Immigration (UBC and Simon Fraser University) and Emerging Markets (UOttawa),
and is an advisor to the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives at the University
of Victoria, the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre, and the Asian
Development Bank. He is also on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs.
    Mr. Woo was born in Malaysia and grew up in Singapore. He was educated at
Lester B. Pearson College, Wheaton College, the University of Cambridge, and
the University of London. Mr. Woo has previously worked as a consultant on
international marine affairs and as an economist for the Monetary Authority of
Singapore and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

    Greater Vancouver Advisory Board

    Chair: Mr. Thomas E. Skidmore
    Vice-Chair: Ms. Kathleen McGarrigle
    Past Chair: Mr. George W. Hungerford, O.C., Q.C.


    Mr. Ronald McLaughlin             Mr. Stewart Cunningham
    Mr. Brian Cole                    Mr. Alan Dixon
    Mr. Danny Gaw                     Mr. Owen C. Dolan, Q.C.
    Mr. Bob McFarlane                 Mr. R.M. Hungerford
    Ms. Joanna Kong                   Mr. Roger Kibble
    Mr. Woo Yuen Pau                  Ms. Anne Lippert
    Mrs. Barbara Brink                Ms. Grace McCarthy, O.C., O.B.C.
    Mr. Jonathan Raymond              Hon. John L. Nichol, C.C.
    Mr. Nizar Damiji                  Ms. Barbara Rae, C.M., OBC
    Mr. Peter Legge                   Mr. Brian A. Rogers
    Mr. Wayne Nygren                  Mr. Raymond V. Smith
    Mr. Kelly Heed                    Mr. Milton K. Wong, O.C., O.B.C.
                                      Mr. Martin Linsley, F.C.A.
    Life Members:                     Ms. Nancy Thodarson

    Mr. Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.        Member Emeritus:
    Mr. Jack C. Carlile
                                      Mr. Don W. Potvin

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is the largest direct non-governmental social service
provider in British Columbia. The Salvation Army has been a vital part of the
province since the opening of its first ministry on the edge of Chinatown in
1887. Today, The Salvation Army touches lives through a strategic continuum of
care and relief. From emergency shelters and drug detoxification centres to
camps for underprivileged children, The Salvation Army gives hope every day to
young families, new immigrants, seniors, the terminally ill, the homeless and
the marginalized. It is estimated that one-third of British Columbians have
been touched in some way by The Salvation Army.

    For more information on The Greater Vancouver Advisory Board or any of
our other programs and services, please visit our website at

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For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Major Brian Venables,
Divisional Secretary for Public Relations & Development, Direct: (604)
296-3821, Cell: (778) 227-7291,; Suzanne
Smith, Communications Specialist, Direct: (604) 296-3819, Cell: (604)

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