Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBS, JP. In 2008, Chan was elected to the National People’s Congress, the highest organ of state power in China, in which he is one of 36 Hong Kong deputies. From 2004 to 2009 Bernard was a non-official member of the Executive Council, Hong Kong’s highest policy making body. From 1998 to 2008, he was a member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, where he represented the Insurance Industry.

His interests in three particular social policy areas – welfare, quality of life and education – are reflected in a number of his public service activities.As vice chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service – an umbrella group of welfare agencies – he is proud to have played a part in the creation of Caring Company, a framework that creates partnerships between the business and welfare sectors. He is also the deputy chairman of the council of Oxfam Hong Kong and is chairman of its annual Trailwalker event . Chan is also c Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings, Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman of the council of Lingnan University, and he was a trustee of Pomona College from 1995-98 and again from 2008.

Chan was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, and a Commander (3rd Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 2004. In 2006, still barely in his 40s, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Causes Supported:
Elderly, Emergency Relief, Environment & Conservation, Health & Medicine, Poverty, Education

Source of Information:
Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Bernard Chan”s Website

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