[Webinar] Building Resilience in Early Childhood Education

June 16, 2021, 09:00-10:00
Virtual Event

Member Price: HKD 150
Non-Member Price: HKD 250


The webinar link will be emailed to all successful registrants by
6:00PM on Tuesday, June 5, 2021

This webinar is designed for parents looking ahead to a post-pandemic world and how different models within Early Childhood Education tackle the idea of building resilience. We're bringing in experts from across the educational landscape to present their perspectives.  If your child has been in a virtual or hybrid learning environment or thinking of their first day in a school, this webinar will be a good opportunity for you to learn more about cultivating resilience in children from a young age so that they can grow and thrive in any environment. 



Ray Girn
CEO and Founder
Higher Ground Education / Guidepost Montessori
Ray Girn received a BSc with honors from the University of Toronto, with a focus on philosophy and neuropsychology, as well an Association Montessori Internationale teaching diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Prior to founding Higher Ground, Girn had a 13-year career with LePort Schools. Working at LePort’s K-8 lab school, he helped lead a team of educators in architecting LePort’s upper school curriculum and program. In 2010, he took over as CEO, expanded the team, and implemented an ambitious growth strategy. In five years, Girn and his team took the company from a small, local family business of three schools to the largest Montessori operator in the United States. In March 2016, Girn founded Higher Ground Education with the vision of greatly accelerating the growth of Montessori education globally. Higher Ground aims to create a comprehensive international platform to deliver high-quality, high-fidelity Montessori programming everywhere, as well as to conduct the research and development necessary to extend Montessori principles to new, innovative models of secondary education.

Dr. Amelia N.Y. Lee, MH
Associate Dean (Programme Development) &
Head of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr. Amelia Lee is a seasoned educator with substantial experience in early childhood education, teacher training, curriculum design, educational management and research. She is Head of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at the Hong Kong Baptist University and President of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) – Hong Kong. Dr. Lee is passionate about early childhood education and serving the community. Examples of her service to the ECE field and the community include chairing the Committee on Early Childhood Education under the Education Bureau’s Curriculum Development Council in designing the Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide (2017) and being a core member of the Education Bureau’s Task Force on Home-school Co-operation and Parent Education.  Dr. Lee has been providing school-based training to help the kindergarten community keep abreast of the latest research and best practices in parent education. She led the design of Hong Kong’s first two nature-based learning resource centres and related materials for kindergartens at the Hong Kong Wetland Park and the AFCD Lions Nature Education Centre. Dr. Lee received a doctoral degree in education from Durham University.  Her recent research interests are in the fields of education policy, early childhood education, parent education and nature-based education.

Betty Yau
Fairchild Canadian Academy Limited
Betty is the Principal of Fairchild Kindergarten and has worked in early childhood for over 15 years. She is born and raised in the UK. After studying for her Bachelor's degree in Law & Management, she worked in the Scottish local government before arriving in Hong Kong in 2003. The birth of her daughter inspired her to retrain as a kindergarten teacher, graduating with distinction and top awards from the Hong Kong Baptist University. Betty has worked in different international schools and kindergarten settings, which provided the opportunity to support the establishment of three kindergartens and one learning centre in Hong Kong over the last 10 years. As one of the Key Opinion Leaders in the Reggio Emilia Study in Hong Kong, she actively encourages collaborations with kindergartens, primary schools as well as local universities to share best practices and to continually reflect on the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy Fairchild promotes.  She has also undertaken lecturer roles for Hong Kong Baptist University and Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education, and a fun fact - she is a volunteer leader and assistant trainer for the Hong Kong Girl Guide Association's English Speaking Division. 


Christopher Ng
Co-Chair, Education Committee
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Christopher possesses extensive knowledge of the education sector, with over 15 years of educational management experience across Hong Kong, Macau, Canada and Belgium. He specializes in education strategy, school setup and consultancy, project co-creation and fundraising, and development of teacher CPD programmes. Chris has collaborated with numerous local public schools, academics, government, NGO’s and the private sector. His current unit at the British Council trains over 1000 local teachers and staff per year across a variety of industries, focusing on English language, soft skills and digital literacy. He has previously set up and managed multiple language learning centres and film schools, and has operated a teacher recruitment agency that has provided hundreds of Native English Teachers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for local schools and institutes across Hong Kong.


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Cancellation Policy: Payment is non-refundable unless the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong cancels the event. If you are unable to attend, cancellations must be received in writing 72 hours prior to the event. No shows will be charged. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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