BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-2022
Born in Winnipeg’s historic Chinatown, Mr. Ben Lee has a broad and diverse record of community service that includes leading projects in the health sector, local community centres, and Chinese community. Ben Lee brings to local community work, immense national and international experience developed through his professional career as an accomplished Project Manager and Engineer (B.Sc, Industrial Engineering, University of Manitoba, 1988). Within the Chinese community, Ben Lee is known for his integrity, passion, and ability to get things done. Ben Lee has been integral to the current reinvigoration of Winnipeg’s downtown core area. For the past decade, Ben has served on numerous boards and committees.
Ben Lee is recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award (2012), City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (2010), Winakwa Community Centre Volunteer of the Year Award (2006), and the Raymond Simard Member of Parliament Volunteerism Award (2005).
Dr. Patrick C. Choy, O. M., PhD, MD, FAHA, FIACS
Professionally, Patrick is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine for ten years prior to his retirement in 2010. He was President of the Canadian Biochemical Society, Vice-President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation (CSCI). He was invested into the Order of Manitoba in 2011.
Dr. Frank Guan
Dr. Xiaofeng Guan D.M.D. Actively practicing dentist. Graduated from the College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba. Long term volunteer and sponsor of various groups in Chinese Community.
Ms. Malinda Lee
Malinda Lee was born and raised in Winnipeg and currently works in public relations as a freelance consultant. In her free time, she volunteers for several not-for-profit organizations and national charities.
Though raised in the suburb of Westwood, Malinda “grew up” in Winnipeg’s Chinatown. A Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre member since 1983, Malinda has been an active community volunteer since childhood. She currently coordinates senior citizen and youth programming at the WCCCC and works with the centre’s communications and program committees on various community relations projects throughout the year. Fluent in English, French and Cantonese, Malinda and her two sisters proudly work as a team to advocate for various causes devoted multiculturalism, diversity and accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Malinda graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in 2003. She is currently studying in the public relations professional program at the University of Victoria.
Malinda has been awarded a City of Winnipeg Community Service Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was also named a 2011 Eminent Young Overseas Chinese citizen by the PRC and invited to represent Manitoba at the EYOC International Conference in Beijing and Xi’an.
Mr. Jim Eng
A second generation Chinese Canadian who was born and raised in Reston, a small farm community in SW Manitoba. After high school graduation, Jim moved to Winnipeg to attend University of Manitoba. He holds a BSc. and a variety of professional designations, including CIM (Chartered Investment Manager) & FCSI (Fellow Canadian Securities Institute). Jim started his investment career in 1989 and is a Financial Consultant at MD Management.
Starting from his days as a teenager, Jim has a diverse history of community service, serving both as a volunteer & board member with local & provincial organizations. Jim is recipient of the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (2020). He was honoured to be asked to join the WCCCC board.
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can” – George Bernard Shaw
Dr. Manna Zhang
Dr. Manna Zhang holds MD and MSc degrees from Jilin University Medical School in China. She currently works as a clinician at Health Science Center and is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment for various liver diseases. She is also academically active and has published more than 50 scientific peer-reviewed papers, including high impact factor journals such as Hepatology, Gastroenterology and etc.
Dr. Manna Zhang was previously served on board of directors of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Center for five years and rejoined the WCCCC in 2018. She has also been involved in local Chinese communities as a volunteer and in academic exchange programs between the universities in China and the University of Manitoba.
Yvonne is a Business Advisor at the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba, advising and helping women business owners with their business, marketing and operations plans. She teaches the marketing strategy and planning workshops and is a specialist in digital marketing. Yvonne was formerly the COO and Marketing Director for the ZA Pizza Bistro franchise and was involved in the branding, development and management of over a dozen restaurants including several Palatal Stir Fry Express Restaurants in Winnipeg. Yvonne is also an entrepreneur and has been operating her own successful fitness company, Yvonne’s Fitness, for the last 8 years, offering and teaching over 15 Zumba and Yoga classes weekly and currently managing a team of instructors. Yvonne has an International MBA specializing in Marketing and Finance from York University and she spent several years working in Beijing and Shanghai as the General Manager for the Canada China Business Council China offices as well as the Director of Membership and Business Services in the Toronto head office. Yvonne teaches and performs Chinese Folk dance and has participated in numerous community events and fundraisers for Siloam Mission, Options Pathways and Villa Rosa.
Dr. Tina Chen
Tina Mai Chen is Department Head and Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. She holds a PhD and MA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in History and Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto. Dr. Chen is a specialist in Modern Chinese History, with specific research interests in the social, political, and cultural norms that structure people’s engagement with society. She is the recipient of numerous international and national grants and awards, and has held visiting scholar positions at New York University, University of New South Wales, Sichuan University, and Beijing University.
Dr. Chen is also an engaged community volunteer. Since moving to Winnipeg in 1999, she has been active in the Winnipeg Chinese community, playing a central role in cultural programming, historical preservation projects, youth mentorship, and building ethno-cultural relations in Winnipeg and provincially.Dr. Chen’s community service further includes youth sport, primarily with Skate Winnipeg as a certified Skate Canada coach and volunteer.
Tina Chen is recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2012), City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (2009), and numerous University of Manitoba awards for teaching, research, service, and community outreach.
Mr. Gord Dong
Born in Hong Kong but immigrated to Canada as an infant.
Chef by trade.
Lived in the Centennial Neighbourhood which is adjacent to Winnipeg’s Chinatown for about 40 years.
Volunteered in the community and served on numerous boards and committees.
Honoured by the City of Winnipeg a park with his name.
Frank is a Partner of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman. Frank’s very active practice has been restricted exclusively to corporate and commercial, tax, tax dispute resolution, wills, estates, corporate governance, charities and not-for-profits, and trust law from its inception. In addition, he has taught taxation law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Law School and elsewhere in various capacities since 1980. He is currently the Law School’s Course Head for its third-year Corporate Tax course. He was also a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba.
Frank is recognized as a trusted adviser. He is well known and sought out for his proactive, innovative and creative tax, charities, not-for-profits, corporate and commercial, corporate governance, trust and will advice that is considered to be ahead of the curve. He is also a strong believer in Philanthropy and giving back to the community.
Frank is both Judicial and Peer Rated with the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell.
Frank has thrice been the Best Lawyers™ Tax Lawyer of the Year (Winnipeg), receiving the award in 2012, 2016 and 2018. He is consistently recognized by his peers as a Best Lawyers™ lawyer in the area of Tax, Trusts (Wills) Estates, and Corporate Governance.
We are proud to present Mr. Terry Prychitko as a recipient of the 2019 Golden Dragon Gala Award.
Mr. Allan Chan
Allan Chan is currently the Law Librarian at Fillmore Riley LLP. He holds a MLIS from Emporia State University and a BA with a major in Asian Studies from the University of Manitoba. Allan was previously the Outreach librarian with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Education and Technology librarian at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Library and Occupational Health Librarian with the University of Calgary.
He is currently in his 23rd year producing automotive trade shows nationally and locally with the title of Manitoba Director for Driven Automotive Culture and Tradeshow. He is responsible for sales, production, logistics, activation, business development and marketing.
In his spare time Allan gives back to the community as a hockey coach for the River East Minor Hockey Association in Winnipeg. Allan grew up a stone’s throw away from Chinatown in the Central Park area. He is a champion for Chinatown and the Downtown areas.
Dr. Alison R. Marshall
Dr. Alison R. Marshall teaches and researches Asian religion and history at Brandon University. Marshall studied Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College, at Taiwan’s Fu Jen University, and also for her doctorate which she earned from University of Toronto’s East Asian Studies Department under the supervision of Dr. Julia Ching (Qín Jiāyì 秦家懿) (1934 –2001).
Married to Brian Mayes, Marshall was attracted to Asian studies through family connections—an uncle who ran an Asian import-export business in 1920s Montreal, and an aunt who worked for Toronto’s Chinese community. Dr. Marshall is the recipient of multiple local, national and international grants and awards, and a former program co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Religion and Migration Unit and the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion.
Dr. Marshall is also the author of three monographs in the field of Asian religion and history including The Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba (2011) Winner of the 2015 Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Book Prize and the Manitoba Day Award, and Cultivating Connections: The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada (2014) both with University of British Columbia Press. Her third book, Bayanihan and Belonging: Filipinos and Religion in Canada (University of Toronto Press) written in 2018, examines the history and cultures of migrants from the Philippines from 1880 to 2017. Her recent research explores the topic of religion and migration in a forthcoming book (Bloomsbury Press) with Dr. Rubina Ramji.
Hon. Philip Lee, C.M., O.M., LLB
Board of Governors
BOARD Governors Members 2021-2022
Hon. Philip Lee – Chair
Hon. Pearl McGonigal – Co-Chair
Mr. Dwight MacAulay
Judge Lindy Choy
Hon. Greg Selinger
Mr. Bill Balan
Hon. Stuart Murray
Mr. David Cheop, LL.B., Q.C.
Ms. Amy Zhang
Ms. Mia Wang
Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre 2021 – 2022 COMMITTEES
|Mr. Ben Lee||President|
|Dr. Patrick Choy||Past President|
|Dr. Frank Guan||Vice President|
|Mr. Malinda Lee||Vice President|
|Mr. Jim Eng||Treasurer|
|Dr. Manna Zhang||Secretary|
Finance and Grants Committee– Chair Jim Eng
Nominations and Governance Committee Chair – Chair Frank Lavitt
Membership & Community Development Committee Chair – Chair Gord Dong
Social Media and Communications Committee Chair – Chair Malinda Lee
Events/Program,amp; and Activities Committee Chair – Chair Tina Chen
Chinese New Year – Dr. Tina Chen
Folkorama – Dr. Frank Guan
Street Festival – Dr. Tina Chen
Other events – TBD
Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre Office 2021-2022
|Chen(Amy) Zhang||Office Manager|
|Mengya(Mia) Wang||Office Assistant|
|Sixuan(Megan) Huang||Graphic Designer|
|ZiYi(Tina) Yuan||Office Volunteer|
EVENT VOLUNTEERS 2021-2022
|Stella Choy||Anita Lee|
|Megan Huang||黄思璇||Tina Yuan||苑子艺|
|Cici Zhang||张芮婕||Yikun Wang||汪轶堃|
|Manman Hui||许雯雯||Shawn Yuan||苑硕|
|Shuo Jia||贾硕||Josen Zhang||张卓森|
|Alysia Li||李怡晓||Siqi Fan||范偲琪|
|Ray Wang||汪轶亮||Lori Lv||吕彦沐|
|Faith Ge||葛雨霏||Lanqi Wu||吴兰奇|
|Nina Lam||Terence Yin|
|Calvin Loi||Vivian Shen|