Our Team


Bowen Tang, M.E.D.


Current Occupation: Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Hobbies/Interests: connecting with friends, search for good food, and travelling
Motto to live by: "You've always had the power" — Glinda, from movie Wizard of Oz

Joy Gong, M.Ed.

Director (on LOA)

Current Occupation: Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Hobbies/Interests: reading, going for walks, and catching up with friends
Motto to live by: "Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek." — Mario Andretti

BC Buddies

Renee Fong, B.Sc., Cognitive Systems

Coordinator, Metro Vancouver

Current Occupation: Student (Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Linguistics), Receptionist (Hearing Clinic)
Hobbies/Interests: chatting with friends, watching Netflix, reading/writing fic
Motto to live by: "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well.” — Zig Ziglar

Jessica Niemela, Au.D.

Coordinator, Okanagan Region

Current Occupation: Registered Audiologist
Hobbies/Interests: biking, playing guitar, cooking, spending time with family
Motto to live by: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Cora Nelson

Activities Lead

Current Occupation: Student, 4th year Speech Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: dance, fitness, communication, and spreading positivity!
Motto to live by: "You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." — Zig Ziglar

Tyler Proctor

Profile to come soon

Lisa Yu

Current Occupation: Student, Behavioural interventionist
Hobbies/Interests: Watching Netflix, shopping, spending time with loved ones
Motto to live by: "The future depends on what you do today" — Mahatma Gandhi

Vivian Zhang

Profile to come soon

Educational Sessions

Nicole Leung, B.Sc. in Nursing

Current Occupation: Registered Nurse in Acute Medical-Surgical Neuroscience
Hobbies/Interests: I like learning and creating new things, from art and story telling techniques to cooking to horticulture to technology. I love learning about people, history, and sciences. I enjoy biking, hiking, and water sports.
Motto to live by: "Every adventure requires a first step. Trite, but true, even here" — Cheshire Cat, Alice in the Wonderland

Shahnaz Khan

Current Occupation: Student, 3rd Year B.A. Psychology
Hobbies/Interests: Writing poems, photography, hiking, painting, cooking, and travelling
Motto to live by: "Turn your wounds into wisdom." — Oprah Winfrey

Rishika Selvakumar

Current Occupation: Student, 3rd year B.Sc Integrated Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: Biking, baking, and dancing
Motto to live by: "Carpe diem"

Research and Resources

Heather Cathcart

Current Occupation: Student, 3rd Year UBC B.Sc Combined Major in Chemistry, Life Sciences and Earth & Environmental Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Backpacking and Travelling
Motto to live by: "A life spent helping others is a life filled with purpose."

Sarah Lim

Current Occupation: Student, 3rd Year B.Sc. Integrated Sciences: Neurobiology and Immunology
Hobbies/Interests: Bullet journaling, embroidering, reading, drinking bubble tea and taking walks outside
Motto to live by: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." — Winston Churchill

Young Adults Network Liaison

Tasha Cox, Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation

Current Occupation: Activity Worker
Hobbies/Interests: playing and watching tennis, watching movies
Motto to live by: "Always end the day with a smile"

Technical Team

Ian Yuen

Graphic Design & Social Media

Profile to come soon

Andrew Tjia


Current Occupation: Computer programmer
Hobbies/Interests: Classical music, bubble tea, and hiking
Motto to live by: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime." — Mark Twain