Winnie L. Cheung (張麗玲)
Having completed her MA as a Commonwealth Scholar in New Zealand, Winnie Cheung served as an educator in universities in both Hong Kong (her birthplace) and Vancouver (current home for over 30 years). As the former Head of International Student Services and later Director of Community Engagement at the University of British Columbia, she founded many signature programs to foster interactions between students (both domestic and international) and the larger community so as to promote international understanding and racial harmony. A published writer and art lover, she works hard to create public platforms for meaningful dialogues and story-telling to discover and strengthen the common bonds in our diverse community. She also actively integrates First Nations history and perspectives into her works. To further develop the concept of Multiculturalism, she plays a leadership role in local organizations such as the Laurier Institution, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) and has co-founded the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration (PCHC – MoM) Society. She is instrumental in mounting a Trans-Pacific Cantonese Opera Project that involves artists, academics and community members from Hong Kong, Vancouver and Toronto to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and the even longer history of Cantonese opera in Canada. Currently, she is the project lead of a research project on the early Hong Kong – Canada relationship for the Hong Kong Museum of History.