Ms. Grace Chan is the Chief Officer of Elderly Service of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, an umbrella organization of over 440 non-governmental organizations which together provide 90% of Hong Kong’s social welfare services. Ms. Chan sits on a number of networks, committees, and appeal boards in the statutory bodies of the Hong Kong SAR and Hospital Authority, including the Administration Wing, Home Affairs Bureau, Environment Protection Department, and Hospital Authority Kowloon West Cluster-Clinical Research Ethic Committee.
In February of 2013, she was appointed a member of the Consumer Council. In July of 2013, Ms. Chan joined the Elderly Commission as a member. In November of 2013, Grace was formally invited to be a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. In 2000, she was named Outstanding Social Worker in Hong Kong.
Ms. Chan’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies and a Master of Social Work obtained at the University of Hong Kong. Her areas of expertise include dementia, caregiving, long-term care, age-friendly cities, elderly participation, lifelong learning, social inclusion, and service-related policy and research.
Ms. Chan has been closely involved in setting up different services and demonstration projects, accumulating strong experience in elderly service. She is innovative and committed to engaging stakeholders by envisioning their positive influence on population aging and quality of life for senior citizens. In 2008, she engaged different sectors and led the writing of the Hong Kong Plan of Action on Aging. It is now considered a localized plan to support the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the local agenda for social work and development between 2010 and 2020.
In 2009, she participated in a working group on dementia care in Hong Kong composed of professional groups, caregivers, academics, philanthropists, and 30 NGOs to finalize the Hong Kong Strategic Action Plan on Dementia, 2012-2017. Since 2009, she has laboured to link district councils, over 200 NGOs, academics, civil societies, governmental departments, busineses and older individuals in supporting Age-friendly Hong Kong. The first Chinese reference textbook on Age-friendly Hong Kong was published in 2012.