The Judges Behind The Heart of Chinatown

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The Heart of Chinatown will be judged by an eclectic mix of three well-known Vancouverites. The Flats on Georgia is happy to announce that the judge panel behind the community contest will be Dr. Kerry Jang, Vancouver City Councillor; Rick Chung, lifestyle editor at Vancouver is Awesome; and Frances Hui, Socialite, Spokes Model, and Brand Ambassador.

 

Rick ChungLifestyle Editor for Vancouver Is Awesome
Rick is a broadcast journalist and digital editor. In addition to V.I.A., he also writes and photo blogs daily local arts and culture on his aptly named blog, RickChung.com. He is an alumnus from UBC Political Science and BCIT Broadcast Journalism, and has done work for CBC News, Radio 3, Langara College, News1130, and the Premier’s Office. Rick is also a host, media personality, and social media strategist, who regularly guest speaks at colleges and universities on the topic of personal and online branding, as well as career diversity. If he’s breathing, he’s tweeting.

Frances Hui – Socialite Extraordinaire
Raised in Chinatown, Frances Hui holds a special place in her heart for this historic community, which she has seen evolve before her very eyes. Frances is seen as one of Vancouver’s “go-to” people in areas as diverse as social & business networking and fashion & beauty. She has been featured in numerous print media publications and television segments. With over 20 years combined as a Social Influencer & Connector as well a Sales Leader, Marketing/Promotions Professional, Social Media Maven and Networking Queen, she has garnered quite a following in Vancouver, by sharing local events and community efforts such as the Heart of Chinatown.

Dr. Kerry Jang – Vancouver City Councillor
First elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. Councillor Jang is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.  Prior to entering politics Dr Jang’s work on setting up programs for homeless in Vancouver was recognized with him being named ”Academic of the Year”  by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC in 2006, a “Community Service Award” from the Province of BC in 2007, and in 2008, an award for community service from the Faculty of Medicine, UBC.   On Council, Councillor Jang has been a strong advocate on City Council for developing new homeless shelters and building low-income housing.  Over the past three years he spearheaded the development of the City’s first-ever mental health addictions plan, a strategy for helping survival sex-trade workers, and the use of modular affordable housing to help people who are homeless. His academic experience in the field of mental health and addictions has helped ensure better coordination and collaboration for city programs that help vulnerable people.

When it comes to selecting the winning game changer in Chinatown, the judges will comb through the nominees with the set criteria:

  • Individuality: The top 5 contenders will all have their own personal approach & style
  • Charity: Whether it’s time, money, or care, show us how the person or business is giving back
  • Creativity: The more creative the entry, the better – send us photos, videos, life-size art installations, whatever gets your point across
  • Ingenuity: The more unique the contribution is to Chinatown community, the more our ears will perk up

 

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