Committee/管 委

Evie Teo, President 会长

Good day! Thank you for dropping by to view the Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (GVCA) website and showing interest in what we do here in Greater Shepparton.

I am Evie Teo, a Malaysian born Chinese and have resided half of my lifetime in Christchurch, New Zealand. 我是Evie,姓张,出生于大马。过去的20年我生活在纽西兰基督城。

I am married to a Han Chinese, whom we met at Lincoln University and together, we have two beautiful children. 我的爱人是中国汉族。我们在纽西兰兰林肯大学认识并相爱。我们有两个可爱的孩子。

It was a big move for me and my family into another country when my husband’s job called for a move.

Early last year in 2017, when we arrived in Shepparton, we had to reset our lives, from house hunting to settling our children in a foreign town. 二零一七年年头,我们来到了三八屯这个陌生的地方。开始了我们新的旅程。

I felt homesick during my first year in Shepparton. However, in this beautiful Moooving art town, it offers plentiful family and kids’ friendly activities during school holidays. I quickly made friends through participating these activities. Eventually, my networking expanded and possibly already known as a chatterbox! 在这居住的第一年里,我非常想念我们纽西兰的家。虽然如此,我们全家很快融入了三八屯这个有着艺术气息的小镇。这里有丰富的生活。因此,在短时间内,我通过活动认识了很多朋友。

I love talking to people from all walks of life and will spend hours chatting about food, travel, arts of different cultures, health and fitness. 我喜欢和人交往聊天,讨论有关于文化习俗,美食,旅游,美术,健康和保健的话题。

Despite a full time mum and also a full time wife (chuckles), I felt a piece of me was missing. Being able to return what I have gained from the societies, is what put smiles on my face and my heart. 我是一位全值妈妈,我的生活虽然忙碌,但是我始终觉得社会培养了我,我也应该为社会贡献。

Encouraged by my friends, existing members and committee members in GVCA for many years, I signed up myself at the Mooncake festival this year when members gathered for the occasion. 在今年的中秋节,我认识到了华人协会的朋友。在朋友们的鼓励下,我也加入三巴屯华人协会。

As a new president for end of 2018 – 2020, and only just been in Shepparton less than two years, I am shouting out for support and suggestions on how we can work together, building a community of friendship. 作为新的2018-2020年协会会长,我真心希望各位朋友们给予我多多的支持。

I would love to warmly welcome you to drop by at our gatherings and events. My future prospect is to gather people interested in learning about Chinese cooking, calligraphy, language, songs, arts, chess, mah-jong and lion dancing, just to mention a few here, to meet regularly for mix and mingle. We all have different talents to share and exchange. I really enjoy learning about other culture and new skills too!

Evelyn Anderson, Vice Presidnet 副会长

Evelyn Anderson (maiden name Siew Lan WONG) Born in Singapore in 1956, came to Melbourne Vic Australia in 1981.

Lives in Melbourne 1981 to 1989, Administration Assistant, Minenco Engineering Pty Ltd.

From 1989 to 1998 dairy farmer in Katandra North.

1999 – 2000 Study at GOTafe in Business Administration and Commercial Cookery

2000 – 2002 – Administration Assistant – Ethnic Council of Shepparton

2002 – 2009 – Administration Officer – Shepparton Adult & Community Education

2000 – 2007 Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (Committee of Management – Secretary)

2000 – present Faith Church INC (Committee member/leader)

2008 – 2009 Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (Committee of Management – President)

2007- 2009 Ethnic Council of Shepparton (Committee of Management – committee member)

2008 – Fairley Leadership Program Graduand

2009 to present – Yiche Restaurant (Director/Owner)

2015 – Goulburn Valley Chinese Association (Committee Member)
Having worked in the community sector in the past has given me the passion to make myself available in some volunteer works and making a difference in our community.

Charlie Chan, Treasurer 财长

I was born in Malaysia and came to Australia in 1979. A friend I met in Saudi Arabia recommended me to work as a chef in a restaurant in Traralgon, where I was sponsored.

Following this, I worked in a range of other restaurants based in Bendigo, Falls Creek, Shepparton and Melbourne.

In 1984, I moved back to Shepparton to establish my own restaurant, called Goulburn Valley Chinese Restaurant. I acquired another café/restaurant at a Ten Pin Bowling Alley in Shepparton in 1986. In 1986, I invited my wife, Ling to come to Australia and we married in 1987. Shortly after, we had our two children named Ewan and Alysse.

After a spell from being a restaurateur, I took on the position as Treasurer of the Goulburn Valley Chinese Fellowship Group for two years. In the year 2000, I moved to Cobram with my family and worked in our successful restaurant within Cobram Hotel for 10 years. In 2010, I was the Worshipful Master of Cobram Lodge Freemasons. During this time, I was involved in fundraising for the GV Health/Freemasons Oncology Centre in Shepparton which provides patients with cancer with treatment.

I recently moved back to Shepparton and retired from working in the restaurant line. I enjoy playing golf, badminton and gardening in my spare time. As someone who has experienced moving to Australia first-hand, I am interested in helping new migrants settle into the Goulburn Valley district as well as form connections with the existing Chinese community.

Nejat Akdere

secretary秘书长 & public officer 公关

Ni Hao,

My name is Nejat Akdere but people call me Nej (pronounced Nedge). I was born in Melbourne in 1972 to a working class Turkish family. At the time there were many factories and Australia needed a lot of workers. I am an English teacher. I graduated from Melbourne University. I came to Shepparton at the start of 2005.  I have been teaching at Shepparton High School for the last 15 years.

I also coordinate the community languages program at the high school through Victorian School of Languages on Saturdays. At this school we also have a Chinese class teaching the Mandarin language.

I have a Chinese wife and a half Chinese daughter who was born in 2018. I am fond of the Chinese Culture and would love to ensure my child speaks Chinese Mandarin and gets exposed to the Chinese culture as much as possible. I have been to China at least five times and love vibrant country.

In 2018, I joined GVCA to assist the Chinese community in the region. My aim in joining the association is to keep the Chinese culture live and provide support to new generations to learn the Chinese Culture through language, tradition, food and entertainment. I hope I can be productive member of the Chinese speaking communities living in the region. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.


Graham Watson, Committee Member 理事

I was Secretary/Public Officer of the Association for 6 years. My aim in taking on this role was to provide training and skills to other members of the group to take on committee roles in the longer term and I have stepped back to general committee now that these skills have been passed on.

I am now retired but find myself busier than ever. I aim to provide a steadying hand for the committee as it develops under new stewardship, and to fill in blanks for new members on recent history.

I am interested in Chinese culture, sports, especially AFL football and cricket, movies and playing around fixing friends’ computers when they don’t work the way they should.

Meishan Lin, aka Mrs Watson, Committee Member 理事

My name is Li Lin. Some friends call me Meishan. I have been in Australia for four years. I have a big family in China.

I was a Sales manager in China more than 15 years ago. My best friend introduced me to Graham. He is an Australian man. We like living in Shepparton and we have many good friends here. Australia day is our Anniversary day.

I don’t have children of my own. My husband’s family are very kind and lovely to me. My family always asks me what happens in Australia and how my life is; they have some worries, because Australia is a different country and we are too far away from them, but now they feel better. I was working in the kitchen at the local RSL club; I enjoyed working with other people from different countries and learning more about their cultures.

In Australia there is usually a beautiful sky and nice weather; a lot of good quality natural food. Shepparton has lots new and fresh fruit for local people. I was learning English at TAFE College. English class is interesting and all the teachers are kind and affable with students.

My husband with I go to Melbourne for shopping and watching football sometimes; we are happy with each other and help each other. We always have a joke and laugh with each other.

I am very happy living in Australia. I now cherish life with my husband. We are both improving our second languages, and have interesting things to do. Important things are we need look after ourselves and maintain our bodies well. Also we are both happy to help other people if we can.

各位同仁好。谢谢华人同仁给我一个服务大家的机会。本人是个热心肠,在国内的时候参与最多的就是公益活动和社会活动。来到澳洲住在Shepparton结识了一些华人朋友,相识在澳洲说明我们的缘分不浅,我也很珍惜这个缘分。希望大家能够都献出些时间和精力专注于华人的事情,让华人会有些影响力,吸引更多的人进入华人会,群策群力办好每一件实事,帮到更多的华人。联系电话:0401971951; 微信号:meishan 13904083861.

Daniel Lim, Committee Member 理事

Hello everyone! I am from Malaysia. I have lived in Shepparton for 10 years. I have been working on farms. I love meeting people and making friends.

I join the GVCA so i can work with everyone and organize lots of interesting activities. I believe that by participating the organization and its activities, I become a better person while making a difference for others. GVCA is like a big family, — warm, friendly and helpful. People receive help and enjoyment via helping others.

I look forward to such enjoyment. I also believe I am able to contribute to the Big Family. I have always enjoyed volunteering for my local communities. I am experienced in community works. I will work with dedication to ‘helping the Chinese community in every way I can’ and be an pro-active participant in all GVCA activities.

I welcome the opportunity of volunteering for our community. I am bringing my friendliness and enthusiasm to this group and work for its solidarity. Let my social conscience be the beginning of a journey back to youth.

大家好!我是来自马来西亚的Daniel 林。在这住十来年,从事農业,打工的我,喜欢广泛交友,平时也很喜欢参加各种活动。加入华人会,想和大家一起努力,策划出更多丰富多彩的活动,并且通过这些活动真正的达到完善自己,辐射他人的目的。华人会对我来说是一个洋溢着爱心与热情的大家庭,从这里,每个人都能得到帮助他人的乐趣和凝聚力。 我向往这种乐趣,也相信自己有能力创造出这份乐趣。因为我还有一颗爱心,我曾是我们当地的一名义工经常参加各种志愿活动,有着小许经验来服务。 我定会秉承“全心全意为华人会服务”的宗旨,锐意进取,积极而有效地来开展各项工作。希望能够在这个从事志愿服务的机会,我非常想带着我的热情加入华人会这个团结友爱的集体!!让我用“奉献点亮青春”!谢谢!!

Dr Paul Chen, Committee Member 理事

I was born in Sichuan Providence, China and migrated to New Zealand in 2006.

I completed my PhD in animal science in New Zealand before moving to Shepparton in 2017 to take up a lecturer position at Dookie Campus, The University of Melbourne.

I share the visions of GV Chinese Association. I am committed to promote the positive aspects of Chinese culture to the GV community and also happy to support the settlement for newly arrived individuals and families of Chinese descent。

我出生于中国四川. 2006年我移民到了新西兰。 在新西兰完成动物科学博士学位之后,我成功获得了墨尔本大学(杜克校区)讲师职位。我于2017年举家来到三八屯生活。 作为协会理事,我希望能过贡献于弘扬华人文化,同时给予新来的华人朋友们提供必要的帮助。

Jasmine Wang,  Committee Member理事

Hello, I’m Jasmine Wang, from Beijing, grown up in a loving family with a great emphasis of education.

I have being employed as a teacher in a middle school in Beijing for more than 10 years, teaching from Year 7 to Year 9.

From 2003, I started to work in the teaching department in the school, helping teachers complete teaching programs, enhancing their teaching skills to give more efficient outcomes.

In 2007, I was selected to undertake further training on educational administration, learning how to assist headmasters with school affairs.

In January 2009, I undertook a short course on English teaching at Melbourne University in Australia. During those years, not only did I learn how to pass the knowledge to our students, but also learned how to communicate with teenagers, parents and fellow staff. The happiest thing was seeing my school achieved a certain level after all the hard work.

In July 2010, after a Chinese school year finished, I left my school where I had being working for 14 years, and started my new life in Australia.

Moving to Australia is a huge step for me, not just a distance changing from North to South, but also the total environment, the living style, and even the way of thinking… This time, I became a new student again, a student of new life.

Thanks for my beloved husband, who has been giving me lots of support and encouragement, helping me adapt myself to the new style of life. I still remember his words, “China is your motherland, and Australia is your homeland.” Yes, he was right. I am so happy that I took this step. Now I’m a little potato and enjoying my potato life.

From 2011, I gained experience in food handling and customer service in a local Chinese restaurant.

In 2015, I completed courses in Education Support Cert IV, and have been a volunteer in a few primary schools.

Since I arrived here, I have been experiencing a great deal about different society and cultures. It gives me opportunities to open my eyes, learning new things and meeting different people with different cultures.

At the end of 2017, I attended some activities organized by GVCA. I met some lovely people there, and started getting knowledge about the association. This year I was introduced to join our committee. I’m happy to take the opportunity to cooperate with other members and do whatever I can do to assist our Chinese community.