BNW Chapter Newsletter – September 2015

BBY Event
It has been an exciting summer for everyone at the Burnaby/ New Westminster (BNW) Chapter. As we are warming up into our new roles, our new Board of Directors had a kick-off Board meeting, on September 8th,  at the beautiful Edmond Community Center. We had almost 30 people in attendance including both directors and guests.

Here are your 2015/2106 Board members:
BBY- Officers
Officers: James Zhong (Treasurer), Geraldine Lai (Chair), Han Shu (Vice Chair), Joanne Liu (Secretary)

Whole Board - BBY

PD Committee Social Committee Education & Recruiting Committee Communication Committee
Jessica Liu (Chair) & Lisa Liu Yina Wu (Chair) & Maria Garrone Nancy Zhao (Chair) & Jessica Sliz Howard Kung (Chair) & Annie Xiao


Thanks to the great efforts by Jessica and Lisa, we had delivered four (4) professional development sessions in soft skills. Mr. Wayne Rawcliffe and his associate shared two different sessions in Cultural intelligence and Personal Leadership in June. There were on-going interactions with the 50 participants and we were given new perspectives on how we see ourselves and others.

Time Management and Conflicts Resolution were the two different topics  shared with our “coach”, Mr. Glen Sollors, in September. When someone started the session by saying “I am your worst nightmare….”, all 90+ of us were ready for a dynamic and fun morning. There were non-stop group activities and everyone was engaged with lively discussions and laughter.  Check this out.

In July, we hosted the members’ most favourite event, Zumba and Dim Sum Afternoon. We sold out again. It was a great success and we can proudly say we are a group of healthy and fit accountants! Thanks to the tireless efforts by Yina, Maria and Nancy plus our directors and volunteers as we hosted our first Annual BBQ in August and Lawn Bowling in September.

About 70 members, friends and families all came out to enjoy a great feast of charcoal grilled chicken at the Central Park and shared one busy sunny Saturday afternoon with wedding parties and 400+ dogs at the Canadian “Dog Agility Nationals”! Members and our next generations were all proudly wearing our CPA branded caps and played ultimate freebies and ice breaker challenges with a passion. Check this out.

Thank you members and students for your support, rain or shine!! We have all learned something new in lawn bowling and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse over sandwiches and treats, like ladies and gents. Great thanks to Coach Brian and his team of volunteers, Mary, James and Lorna at the Club. The South Bowling Lawn Bowling Club is going to celebrate its 100 years in coming year! Check this out.

To see more event pictures, please go to the Chapter’s Facebook page.

We also worked with CPABC to reach out to our members in public practice. You can now find out when the Practitioner Forum will be meeting in Burnaby at our Blog. The first meeting was held on September 15. If you are interested to join, please contact CPABC office directly.


PD Events Social Events
  • Tax Law Update
  • Business Succession Planning


  • Professional Networking Night
  • Diwali Festival of Lights and Giving
  • Annual Member Engagement Tour Event

Chapter Calendar of Events

We are rolling out events “as we speak”. Please mark your calendar, watch our Chapter Blog and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for registration opening dates for upcoming Chapter PD and Social events!

Stay Connected with the Chapter and Join Us

We welcome your inputs. Please contact Yina Wu (Social Events) and Jessica Liu (Chapter PD Events) at to share your suggestions. If you would like to volunteer with the Burnaby/ New Westminster Chapter, please do not hesitate to contact Geraldine Lai (Chapter Chair) at We would love to hear from you.

Yours truly,

Geraldine Lai, Chapter Chair

September 2015

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