FLORA CHONG was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1987. She earned her Bachelor degree in Business and Information System at Concordia University and Diploma in Interior Design at the International Academy. Flora pursued her MA in Social Justice and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and Master of Divinity at Tyndale Seminary. Flora received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and many other volunteer awards in Canada for her contributions in the community.
Flora joined Toronto ALPHA as a volunteer in 2004. Feeling the urgency and significance of educating the younger generations about the forgotten history and the social justice context it adheres, she retired from her senior executive position of a business group in Toronto and became a full time volunteer for Toronto ALPHA in 2005. She now serves as the Executive Director and Vice Chair of Toronto ALPHA.
Over the years, she has spearheaded and developed numerous international education and public awareness programs with ALPHA, including the annual Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour for Canadian educators to China, South Korea and Hong Kong, a campaign which led to the unanimous passing of Canadian Parliamentary motion on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in November 2007, the production of the docudrama “Iris Chang – the Rape of Nanking”, and the 2010 Education Conference “Forgotten Voices; Living History”.
JUDY CHO is the Director of Project Development at Toronto ALPHA. She is also one of the co-founders of NABI Women’s Network and works as a project coordinator for the Free and Empower Me (FEM) project which aims to empower youth by examining historic issues surrounding violence against women, promoting healthy ways for young adults to deal with current issues of violence in our communities.
SARAH BLEIWAS is the Senior Project Coordinator with Toronto ALPHA. She is involved in dynamic projects where she collaborates alongside youth through the HumaniTEAM summer program and History meets Humanity student conference, with educators through the revised Teachers Resource Guide and the community through the ALPHA Resource Centre and community outreach presentations.
Sarah has been working in the NGO sector for over 3 years. She developed an employment program for street youth in The Philippines, contributed to a peace project on a refugee camp in Ghana, managed a Farmers Market in Montreal, and was a vintage clothing store entrepreneur in Toronto. Sarah is committed to global ethics and the potential for a humanity perspective in this landscape. She holds a Joint Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and International Development Studies from McGill University and has published several papers.
EMILY LEE works at Toronto ALPHA as an Administrator, overseeing the day-to-day administration, providing administrative support to all fundraising and educational events.
Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and her MSc in Business Management at University of Surrey in England. She has worked for an NGO in education sector as an administrator for several years in Hong Kong.
EUGENE KITAEK HONG works at Toronto ALPHA as the media archivist. He reviews, plans and organizes archival footage for educational, promotional, and research purposes. He also promotes Toronto ALPHA on SNS to reach out young generations.
Eugene completed his associate degree in Creative Advertising at Seoul Institute of the Arts and BA in Film studies at York University. Eugene has been working in the film and broadcasting industry since 2002, and has been involved with the production of many televised commercials and music videos. Eugene Kitaek Hong founded Toronto Korean Film Festival in 2012, and he has been actively involved in the film industry in Toronto.
KARIN DHAR is a History and Social Sciences teacher with over 18 years of experience. She has a Masters of Education degree from U.B.C. in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently working with Toronto ALPHA as a curriculum consultant helping to develop lesson materials for Toronto schools, and has participated in the 2006 ALPHA study tour through the B.C. chapter and has been actively teaching about our cause ever since.