Born in Winnipeg’s historic Chinatown, Mr. Ben Lee has a broad and diverse record of community service that includes leading projects in the health sector, local community centres, and Chinese community. Ben Lee brings to local community work, immense national and international experience developed through his professional career as an accomplished Project Manager and Engineer (B.Sc, Industrial Engineering, University of Manitoba, 1988). Within the Chinese community, Ben Lee is known for his integrity, passion, and ability to get things done. Ben Lee has been integral to the current reinvigoration of Winnipeg’s downtown core area. For the past decade, Ben has served on numerous boards and committees.

Ben Lee is recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award (2012), City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (2010), Winakwa Community Centre Volunteer of the Year Award (2006), and the Raymond Simard Member of Parliament Volunteerism Award (2005).


Dr. Patrick C. Choy, O. M., PhD, MD, FAHA, FIACS


Past President

Patrick served as a Board member and then Vice-President of the WCCCC for more than two decades. He was elected as President in May 2017. He is also the Chair of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural Fund, and the Chair of the Board for Peace Tower Housing Corporation.

Professionally, Patrick is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine for ten years prior to his retirement in 2010.  He was President of the Canadian Biochemical Society, Vice-President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation (CSCI). He was invested into the Order of Manitoba in 2011.


Dr. Frank Guan

Vice President

Dr. Xiaofeng Guan D.M.D.  Actively practicing dentist. Graduated from the College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba.  Long term volunteer and sponsor of various groups in Chinese Community.


Ms. Malinda Lee

Vice President

Malinda Lee was born and raised in Winnipeg and currently works in public relations as a freelance consultant.   In her free time, she volunteers for several not-for-profit organizations and national charities.

Though raised in the suburb of Westwood, Malinda “grew up” in Winnipeg’s Chinatown.  A Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre member since 1983, Malinda has been an active community volunteer since childhood.    She currently coordinates senior citizen and youth programming at the WCCCC and works with the centre’s communications and program committees on various community relations projects throughout the year.  Fluent in English, French and Cantonese, Malinda and her two sisters proudly work as a team to advocate for various causes devoted multiculturalism, diversity and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Malinda graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in 2003.   She is currently studying in the public relations professional program at the University of Victoria.

Malinda has been awarded a City of Winnipeg Community Service Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  She was also named a 2011 Eminent Young Overseas Chinese citizen by the PRC and invited to represent Manitoba at the EYOC International Conference in Beijing and Xi’an.


Mr. Jim Eng


A second generation Chinese Canadian who was born and raised in Reston, a small farm community in SW Manitoba.  After high school graduation, Jim moved to Winnipeg to attend University of Manitoba.  He holds a BSc. and a variety of professional designations, including CIM (Chartered Investment Manager) & FCSI (Fellow Canadian Securities Institute). Jim started his investment career in 1989 and is a Financial Consultant at MD Management.

Starting from his days as a teenager, Jim has a diverse history of community service, serving both as a volunteer & board member with local & provincial organizations. Jim is recipient of the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (2020). He was honoured to be asked to join the WCCCC board.  

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can” – George Bernard Shaw


Dr. Manna Zhang


Dr. Manna Zhang holds MD and MSc degrees from Jilin University Medical School in China. She currently works as a clinician at Health Science Center and is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment for various liver diseases. She is also academically active and has published more than 50 scientific peer-reviewed papers, including high impact factor journals such as Hepatology, Gastroenterology and etc.

Dr. Manna Zhang was previously served on board of directors of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Center for five years and rejoined the WCCCC in 2018. She has also been involved in local Chinese communities as a volunteer and in academic exchange programs between the universities in China and the University of Manitoba.


Dr. Tina Chen



Tina Mai Chen is Department Head and Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. She holds a PhD and MA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in History and Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto. Dr. Chen is a specialist in Modern Chinese History, with specific research interests in the social, political, and cultural norms that structure people’s engagement with society. She is the recipient of numerous international and national grants and awards, and has held visiting scholar positions at New York University, University of New South Wales, Sichuan University, and Beijing University.

Dr. Chen is also an engaged community volunteer. Since moving to Winnipeg in 1999, she has been active in the Winnipeg Chinese community, playing a central role in cultural programming, historical preservation projects, youth mentorship, and building ethno-cultural relations in Winnipeg and provincially.Dr. Chen’s community service further includes youth sport, primarily with Skate Winnipeg as a certified Skate Canada coach and volunteer.

Tina Chen is recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2012), City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (2009), and numerous University of Manitoba awards for teaching, research, service, and community outreach.


Mr. Gord Dong



Born in Hong Kong but immigrated to Canada as an infant.

Chef by trade.

Lived in the Centennial Neighbourhood which is adjacent to Winnipeg’s Chinatown for about 40 years.

Volunteered in the community and served on numerous boards and committees.

Honoured by the City of Winnipeg a park with his name.


Frank is a Partner of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman. Frank’s very active practice has been restricted exclusively to corporate and commercial, tax, tax dispute resolution, wills, estates, corporate governance, charities and not-for-profits, and trust law from its inception. In addition, he has taught taxation law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Law School and elsewhere in various capacities since 1980. He is currently the Law School’s Course Head for its third-year Corporate Tax course. He was also a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba.

Frank is recognized as a trusted adviser. He is well known and sought out for his proactive, innovative and creative tax, charities, not-for-profits, corporate and commercial, corporate governance, trust and will advice that is considered to be ahead of the curve. He is also a strong believer in Philanthropy and giving back to the community.

Frank is both Judicial and Peer Rated with the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Frank has thrice been the Best Lawyers™ Tax Lawyer of the Year (Winnipeg), receiving the award in 2012, 2016 and 2018. He is consistently recognized by his peers as a Best Lawyers™ lawyer in the area of Tax, Trusts (Wills) Estates, and Corporate Governance.


We are proud to present Mr. Terry Prychitko as a recipient of the 2019 Golden Dragon Gala Award.


Mr. Allan Chan


Allan Chan is currently the Law Librarian at Fillmore Riley LLP. He holds a MLIS from Emporia State University and a BA with a major in Asian Studies from the University of Manitoba. Allan was previously the Outreach librarian with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Education and Technology librarian at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Library and Occupational Health Librarian with the University of Calgary.

He is currently in his 23rd year producing automotive trade shows nationally and locally with the title of Manitoba Director for Driven Automotive Culture and Tradeshow. He is responsible for sales, production, logistics, activation, business development and marketing.

In his spare time Allan gives back to the community as a hockey coach for the River East Minor Hockey Association in Winnipeg. Allan grew up a stone’s throw away from Chinatown in the Central Park area. He is a champion for Chinatown and the Downtown areas.


Hon. Philip Lee, C.M., O.M., LLB

Board of Governors



BOARD Governors Members 2021-2022

Hon. Philip Lee – Chair

Hon. Pearl McGonigal – Co-Chair

Mr. Dwight MacAulay

Judge Lindy Choy

Hon. Greg Selinger

Mr. Bill Balan

Hon. Stuart Murray

WCCCC Executive


Mr. David Cheop, LL.B., Q.C.


Ms. Amy Zhang


Ms. Mia Wang

Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre 2021 – 2022 COMMITTEES


Mr. Ben Lee President
Dr. Patrick Choy Past President
Dr. Frank Guan Vice President
Mr. Malinda Lee Vice President
Mr. Jim Eng Treasurer
Dr. Manna Zhang Secretary


2021-2022 COMMITTEES

Finance and Grants Committee– Chair Jim Eng

Nominations and Governance Committee Chair – Chair Frank Lavitt

Membership & Community Development Committee Chair – Chair Gord Dong

Social Media and Communications Committee Chair – Chair Malinda Lee

Events/Program,amp; and Activities Committee Chair – Chair Tina Chen

Chinese New Year – Dr. Tina Chen

Folkorama – Dr. Frank Guan

Street Festival – Dr. Tina Chen

Other events – TBD

Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre Office 2021-2022

Chen(Amy) Zhang Office Manager
Mengya(Mia) Wang Office Assistant
Sixuan(Megan) Huang Graphic Designer
ZiYi(Tina) Yuan Office Volunteer
Danni Painter


Stella Choy   Anita Lee  
Megan Huang 黄思璇 Tina Yuan 苑子艺
Cici Zhang 张芮婕 Yikun Wang 汪轶堃
Manman Hui 许雯雯 Shawn Yuan 苑硕
Shuo Jia 贾硕 Josen Zhang 张卓森
Alysia Li 李怡晓 Siqi Fan 范偲琪
Ray Wang 汪轶亮 Lori Lv 吕彦沐
Faith Ge 葛雨霏 Lanqi Wu 吴兰奇
Nina Lam   Terence Yin  
Calvin Loi   Vivian Shen  
Michael Guan