It had been a long time for me to walk along with HKDSA. With much solid support and faith, it was my honor to be elected the Chairman of the Executive Committee. As taking the responsibilities of being the Chairman, I will collaborate with the Presidents, Vice-presidents, all committee members, every professional advisors, staffs, parents, members and service users, as to walk in the same direction of developing the Association and serving the public in need.
The progress and achievement of the Association over the past year is recognized. Thank you for everyone’s hard work and contribution, the HKDSA successfully steps into thirty-third years old this year. It stems from the support of various different organizations and corporates, including The Hong Kong Jockey Club and The Community Chest of Hong Kong, etc. All your participations and supports brought more resources and motivation to the Association. At the same time, it was grateful that these brought more different community experiences to service users and assist them to integrate into the society.
In our service development, the Jockey Club Down Syndrome Centre located in Chai Wan put in service officially in May 2019. It is the only integrated service centre for people with Down Syndrome in Hong Kong for promoting art, sport and diversified development, so as achieve the goals of self-autonomy, self-determination and self-motivation. Hope everyone keeps on support us! The Association will keep working in providing various family support services, including casework following, parents’ group, parents’ network, programme of assisting member’s ageing issue, etc . In the aspect of vocational rehabilitation service, the Association enhance the service in sheltered workshops actively as well as extend the network of employers for looking more working opportunities for members with well-working ability.
Parents and staffs are always our best partners. The Association looks forward to our coordination for future planning, also actively voicing out the rights and welfare to the relevant government department for our members, other disabilities and their family members. In the future, the Association still upholds its mission to improve the well-being and living quality of our members, service users and their family.
Here, on behalf of the Association, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to every organization, charity foundation and relevant government departments for their kind support and sponsorship. Thank you so much for the trust and support from parents, members, service users, volunteers, committee members and dedicated staff members. I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to the unfailing care and guidance from our Honorary Life President, Sir David Tang, KBE, President, Ms. Victoria Tang Owen and her husband, Mr. Christopher Owen. Our two Vice Presidents, Dr. Andrew Yuen and Ms. Carina Lau Ka-Ling. There are still many tasks to be accomplished in the near future, including making plans for developing new premises for the head office and DS Centre. We look forward to your continuous support and participation, and to working hand in hand with you to build a caring and integrated society for people with Down Syndrome and other people in need!
Mr. Yip Wai Ming, Patrick
Chairman of Executive Committee