BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Morag M. J. MacLeod, Q.C.
Morag is a well-known family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and parenting coordinator in private practice in Vancouver. She has long been a committed contributor to a variety of charitable causes in her “off-time.” Morag leads by example, always doing her best and bringing out the best in others. Her style is inclusive, direct, decisive. She is recognized for her ability to balance complex issues, resolve conflicts, and move from goals to accomplishments.
Morag has served on a number of non-profit boards, including as a past President of the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society and a former Member at Large of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. She currently serves on the Fundraising Committee of Rise Women’s Legal Centre, a poverty law initiative.
Morag recently turned her strategic and leadership talents to help build Gaia Cares for the benefit of under-served B.C. seniors. She is a founding board member and President of Gaia Cares. She was drawn to the work of Gaia Cares having seen her late mother’s struggle with early onset dementia and been inspired by the passion of her fellow board members.
Margaret Y. M. Chow
Margaret is a retired bank executive with almost 40 years of experience in international wealth and relationship management. She has travelled extensively and visited many financial capitals of the world. Margaret is well respected for her attention to detail and organizational skills. Adept at coordinating events, she co-chaired the Hong Kong Canada Business Association Annual Fund-Raising Dinners for five years. Margaret currently serves as a member of an international grant committee of a charitable organization.
Margaret is a founding board member of Gaia Cares. She has embraced the vision and mission of Gaia Cares with energy, creativity and a passion for helping seniors in Greater Vancouver.
Geraldine W. S. Lui
Geraldine had worked in the banking industry for almost 40 years. She was Senior Operations Manager at TD Bank and before she retired, Geraldine was AVP and Branch Manager at HSBC Bank Canada. Geraldine was a committee member of a number of NGOs, namely, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Tapestry Foundation, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. She was a board member of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation for seven years in 1990’s. She was also a board member of Hong Kong Merchants’ Association of Vancouver serving until 2019, and is currently the Chairperson of Paulinian Alumni Vancouver.
Geraldine is a founding board member and Secretary of Gaia Cares. Seeing seniors have a healthy and active lifestyle and maintain self confidence in life is very inspiring to her. She also finds seniors capable of sharing traditions and bringing wisdom to their families and people around them. Geraldine is keen to be part of a charitable organization that will deliver social programs to help seniors embrace aging. She hopes to see family caregivers supported through knowledge and techniques to enable them to care for aging family members as well as themselves.
John S. Henderson, C.P.A., C.A.
John has over 40 years of experience in public accounting and is a partner at Cinnamon Jang Willoughby Chartered Accountants. He was a Director of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation and Burnaby Winter Club. He is also Governor and Director of the British Columbia Hockey League and a co-owner of the Langley Rivermen Junior Hockey Club, Inc., which secures hockey scholarships through the National Collegiate Athletic Association for fine young hockey players.
Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, C.M., M.D.
Member at Large
Joseph is a Canadian physician and philanthropist. He founded the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in 1987 and remains Chair Emeritus. He is also Chair of the Board of Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation.
Joseph served as the Chairman for the United Way of Greater Toronto from 1990 to 1992 and has been Honorary Chair since 1994.
Joseph was named Man of the Year in 1986 by the Toronto Star, and one of Toronto’s most influential people in 1991 and 1992 by Toronto Life. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1993. Joseph was the winner of the 2005 Power of Humanity award, presented to him by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1997, Joseph co-founded Toronto ALPHA, working with 25 to 30 other groups in the world to fight for justice for victims of crimes against humanity during WW II in Asia. Joseph is founder and Board Chair of ALPHA Education.
In 2014, to commemorate Toronto’s 180th birthday, the Toronto Star assembled 180 profiles of memorable people who left their mark on the city over the course of its history. Joseph was one of them under the category of community builders.
Joseph has recently partnered with different charity and community organizations, volunteers and municipal governments to launch STOP Covid-19, a fundraising campaign to source personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers. So far over 600,000 surgical masks have been purchased and distributed to hospitals, non-profit long-term care homes, essential social service facilities, neighbourhood service agencies such as food banks and homeless shelters, in Toronto, York and Peel, for the benefit of first responders.
Joseph is a founding board member of Gaia Cares.