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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. marks 50th Anniversary AGM by welcoming new Board Chair and members

Posted date: September 24, 2023

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Sept. 25, 2023

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. marks 50th Anniversary AGM by welcoming new Board Chair and members

Vancouver, B.C. – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. social services agency celebrated its 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 24 by welcoming a new Society Board Chair and members.

Doug Purdie, a Chartered Professional Accountant and Associate Partner with Ernst & Young, was elected as incoming Board Chair. He recently completed a term as Board Treasurer and has served S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in several senior roles, including two years served as Board Chair from 2013 to 2015.

“We are delighted to welcome Chair Doug Purdie to lead S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in the coming years, supported by the knowledge and diverse experience of our new and returning Board members,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

“Together, we will continue to advance the mission of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to empower people on their Canadian journey to achieve their goals through services and advocacy that promote belonging, wellness and independence. Their expertise will enable our agency to continue to innovate and grow to meet demand in the areas of newcomer settlement services, affordable housing and seniors care,” Choo said.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. also welcomes new Board members Dr. Tanya Petraszko, Dr. Mark Fok and Gary Pooni. To learn more about them, please visit our S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Board of Directors web page.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. shares its deep appreciation to outgoing Board Chair Terry Yung for his years of devoted service to our agency. We also honour our outgoing Board members, Vice Chair Phil Bates, Secretary Dr. Maria Chung, and Directors Simon Chen and Tony Wong for their significant contributions to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. during their service.

“My sincere gratitude goes out to former Board Chair Terry Yung for his insightful leadership,” Choo said. “We are very grateful for his contributions and the contributions of all of our Board Directors who have shaped our agency.”

Learn more about our impact in our 2022-23 Impact Report.

For more information
Elaine O’Connor
Director, Strategic Communications and Partnerships
[email protected]

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Founded in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in Canada. Our multicultural, non-profit charitable organization offers a wide range of programs and services that promote the belonging, wellness, and independence of people at all stages of their Canadian journey. Programs and services are offered in the areas of newcomer settlement, English language training, employment and entrepreneurship, family, youth and seniors programming, health education, community development, seniors care and affordable housing. Learn more at

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