Justin Kong, Executive Director
Jaclyn Wong 王斯屏, Project Manager (Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth)
Jaclyn is one of the project managers for a CCNCTO pilot initiative called Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth, which aims to explore topics such as cultural identity and social justice, and promote awareness of positive well-being amongst East Asian youth. She is also currently working as a supply teacher at the York Region District School Board, as well as pursuing a Master’s degree in education at Trent University. Her professional, as well as personal interests, include student development, mental health, intersectionality, and community building. Jaclyn self-identifies as a cis female, racialized settler and her family comes from Hong Kong and southern China.
Elene Lam, Project Coordinator (Migrant Sex Workers Legal Training Project)
Elene Lam (LLM, LLB, MSW, BSW) has advocated for the sex workers, migrant, labour and gender justice for more than 15 years. She is the founder and director of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant sex workers support network) and Co-director of Migrant Sex Workers Project. She has conducted training and presentations to community members, services providers and policy markers on sex work, migration, anti-oppressive practice and human rights in more than 20 countries, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Switzerland. She also submitted and presented a brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Canada and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women of the United Nations in Geneva to advocate for the rights and safety of migrant sex workers. Elene holds a Master of Law, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently doing her PhD in the School of Social Work at McMaster University.
Board of Directors
Edward Hon-Sing Wong, Co-Chair
Edward Hon-Sing Wong, MSW, RSW, is a doctoral candidate at York University’s Social Work PhD program and a labour organizer. With a background in mental health practice and community organizing, his work and publications centres on social work abolitionism, disablism within Canadian immigration policy, Canadian social work and colonialism, racism in the mental health field, and organizing in Chinese communities.
Kennes Lin, Co-Chair
Kennes Lin, MSW, RSW, is a 1.5 generation immigrant of Han Chinese origin currently living in tkaronto, Dish with One Spoon Territory. Using a social justice approach to understand mental health, she has an interest in addressing stigma, access and equity issues in the Canadian mental health care system for racialized communities. Particularly, she finds interest in understanding racialized individuals’ experiences of trauma through the lens of internalized violence from systemic injustices. She works currently as a Clinician providing language and culturally relevant counselling for East Asian immigrant youth and families across the Greater Toronto Area.
Cedric Cheung, Treasurer
Cedric Cheung is a strategy and operations consultant with over 8 years of professional experience in Canada and Singapore. Focused on technology enablement and risk management, Cedric has helped clients in a broad range of industries improve efficiency and customer experience. Cedric completed his Chartered Accountant designation in 2013 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto St. George.
Vincent Wong, Secretary
Vincent Wong is an Adjunct Professor and the William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. At the IHRP, he is lead author of an international standards report on official secrets laws and media freedom and supervises the migrant guides project on interactions with law enforcement and deportation proceedings. Previously, he was Staff Lawyer at the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic.
Jaden Peng, Director
Jaden Hsin-Yun Peng (彭心筠) is currently a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at York University. Jaden was born in Taiwan, has devoted to LGBTQ movement, human rights, and employment services for marginalized individuals in Taiwan for the past ten years. After migrating to Toronto in 2015, she is working on immigrant issues, migrant worker and sex worker rights, and Chinese lesbian newcomer networking.
Shulan Tien, Director
Shulan Tien has a PhD in Psychology from Taiwan. Before moving to Canada, she was a longtime labour advocate, community organizer, teacher and consultant in psychology, disability and mental health communities. Shulan also has extensive experience in policy-making around labour and employment for people with disabilities.
Celia Huang, Director
Celia Huang, MMath, MA, is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Waterloo. Her original research explores how Chinese immigrants in Toronto preserve the meanings of home in their social networks, focusing on Chinese food as an important cultural heritage and everyday practice. This research also seeks to uncover various structural and cultural barriers faced by the first and second generation Chinese immigrants in Canada. The knowledge created from the research gives voice to the stories of Chinese Canadians that are largely untold in the mainstream Canadian society. Born in China and educated in Canada, Celia knows both English and Mandarin.
Kate Shao, Director
Kate Shao joined the board of Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter) in 2018. She currently works as a Consultant in the City of Toronto’s Human Rights Office and is a member of the OCIC Youth Policy-Makers Hub. Prior to working at the City, she practiced labour, employment, and human rights law. Kate received a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction) from Queen’s University, where she studied Political Studies and Global Development. She has completed exchange programs in London, Shanghai, and Osaka, and enjoys visiting art galleries, drinking coffee, and trying new restaurants.
Kelly Lui, Director