NAAAP Vancouver to honour 12 local community champions including AHVA faculty member Gu Xiong

VANCOUVER, BC – NAAAP Vancouver – a non‐profit organization of young pan‐Asian Canadian professionals – will be honouring local Vancouver leaders during the organization’s third annual Spotlight on Leadership Celebration, taking place on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. This year’s theme, “Our communities, our champions” will recognize the following 12 nominees in three categories:


  • Jessica Chen, city planner, City of Vancouver
  • Victor Chew Wong, publisher/editor, Make It Business;small business advocate
  • Naomi Yamamoto, MLA; entrepreneur; business advocate
  • Andrew Yan, urban planner/researcher; activist

Arts, Culture, Media:

  • Kuan Foo, writer; poet; activist; co‐founder, Assaulted Fish
  • Barbara Lee, founder, Vancouver Asian Film Festival; filmmaker; writer
  • Roy Miki, poet; educator; activist
  • Gu Xiong, visual artist; educator

Community Service

  • Eleanor Guerrero‐Campbell, founder, Multicultural Helping House; executive director, Minerva
  • Lara Honrado, entrepreneur; activist; co‐founder of Kina
  • Cathy Makihara, CEO, Nikkei Place; activist
  • Hayne Wai, activist; historian; educator

Says NAAAP Vancouver President Rudy Chung: “We want Asians and non-Asians alike to be inspired by these’. We encourage NAAAP members and all young professionals to step up and become leaders in their own right, to be involved and connected to their communities.”

The Spotlight on Leadership Celebration will be hosted at SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business. The evening will begin with a keynote address by renowned philanthropist and community activist, Dr. Milton K. Wong. One nominee from each category will be specially recognized for their work and invited to share
their personal stories of leadership success. A reception will follow the evening’s events, during which the audience will have the opportunity to interact one‐on‐one with these extraordinary leaders.

NAAAP Vancouver invites the general public and the media to join in this celebration of “Our communities, our champions.”

Third Annual NAAAP Vancouver Spotlight on Leadership Celebration
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
7:00 – 9:00 pm (registration begins at 6:30 pm)
Segal Graduate School of Business, SFU
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $20 for NAAAP members/ $40 non-members
Register online at

Event Sponsors: SFU – David See‐Chai Lam Centre, SFU Continuing Studies, BMO Bank of Montreal, Eclipse Awards, HSBC Canada