Our Team

Bowen Tang, M.E.D.

Director

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

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

Renee Fong

BC Buddies Coordinator, Lower Mainland

Current Occupation: Student, 4th Year B.Sc. Cognitive Systems
Hobbies/Interests: amateur photography, skiing, watching figure skating, and interacting with fanworks (fiction or art)
Motto to live by: "People who soar are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change.” — Charles Swindoll

Jessica Niemela, Au.D.

BC Buddies 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."

Nicole Leung, B.Sc. in Nursing

Workshop Coordinator

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

Tasha Cox, Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation

Young Adult Social Coordinator

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

Riana Mulligan

Young Adult Social Coordinator

Current Occupation: Prep Cook and Junior Contract Staff at Deaf Youth Today
Motto to live by:  "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live" -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Monique Les, M.A. in Criminology

Administrative Assistant/Technical Writer

Current Occupation: Stay at Home Mom of three beautiful kids
Hobbies/Interests: eating cheese, looking up Pinterest for new recipes and puzzles
Motto to live by: "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland

Jessica Girard, Business Admin Diploma

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Current Occupation: Fundraising Team Lead
Hobbies/Interests: exploring mountains and waterfalls, trail running, drag racing, Marvel movies, cider-tastings, weight lifting, kayaking, brunch, campfires, star-gazing and occasional Netflix & Snack binge-session.
Motto to live by: "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman Garland

Andrew Tjia

Webmaster

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