The Canadian Race Relations Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of Dr. Alan Lau with the Community Champion Special Award at Building Bridges for Canada, held March 2, 2014 in Richmond, B.C.
A successful entrepreneur-turned-community-developer, Dr. Alan Lau has been a stalwart of community service and champion of racial equality ever since he emigrated from Hong Kong to Canada – a country whose freedom and opportunity he greatly appreciates. Born in Macau China, Dr. Lau was educated at St. John University in Shanghai, where he studied business administration.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has at any given time, been a newspaper publisher, a hotelier, politician, an innovative marketer, and manufacturer. In his words: "I like to do what other people think is impossible." In addition to serving on the executive of many organizations and clubs, Dr. Lau is a past member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and of Rotary International, and has given generously of his time and resources to the realm of public service.
A speaker of six languages, Dr. Lau is Executive Director of Richmond Community Benefit Centre (RCBC), which he founded in 2003 as the Canadian Low-Income Seniors Affordable Housing Society. With the motto "Seniors Helping Seniors," the aim of RCBC has always been to enrich the local atmosphere, and help those members of the community most in need. RCBC represents a membership of over 8,000 people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and has extended its focus from the elderly to families, now offering programs for people from 16 to 100+ years. RCBC's goal is to enrich the community, with a focus on social activities and learning opportunities.
Dr. Lau holds an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Golden West University School of Law in Los Angeles. Now in his eighties, he is still as active, enthusiastic, and as committed as he has always been.