Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 22, 2002
Chris Leung - CEO Catholic Charities
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"Chris is a man of faith and integrity."
- Archbishop Thomas Collins
"So he offered me the job."
When Leung announced his resignation to Caritas, he was met with the surprise of his life. Instead of scolding him for leaving the agency, Hong Kong Bishop, now a cardinal, John Baptist Cheng presented him with the Caritas Medal for outstanding service.
Almost 20 years later, in 2000, Leung received another important recognition - the prestigious Peer Reviewer of the Year award from the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children in recognition of his exceptional organizational and analytical skills.
Upon his arrival in Edmonton in 1981, Leung became director of administration. Seven years later, in 1988, he was promoted to senior vice president and, in 1998, he became associate chief executive officer.
His appointment in early April as CEO for Catholic Charities caught him by surprise, but he says he is ready for the task.
"I am honoured to be chosen chief executive officer and I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities facing Catholic Social Services and Catholic Charities during these rapidly changing times," he said.
As CEO, Leung must lead more than 1,100 full-time, part-time and contractual staff, plus 1,700 volunteers currently working for the organization and its subsidiaries.
Board chair Patricia O'Brien believes Leung has what it takes. "In Dr. Leung we have a leader who has the exceptional skills, leadership and knowledge required to successfully lead Catholic Charities and its subsidiaries, Catholic Social Services and the Sign of Hope Society, during the 21st century."
Archbishop Thomas Collins echoed O'Brien's remarks, saying he is pleased Leung has accepted the challenge of leading the "loyal" staff and volunteers of the three organizations. "Chris is a man of faith and integrity and one who has clearly dedicated his life to serving people in need." Quote: -
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