2017 Board Nominations – Anthea Tseng

Ms. Anthea Tseng


Occupation: Quality Improvement Analyst, St. Michael’s Hospital

My name is Anthea Philomena Tseng, I am Hakka Chinese, born and raised in Toronto. I have a younger sister and a younger brother, Cynthia and Nicholas; and our parents, Dominic and Florence, were both born in India but are of Chinese descent. I work at St. Michael’s Hospital as a quality improvement analyst. I began my journey at St. Maurice and St. Verena through Peter Iskander in 2013, and since then I’ve partaken in a number of activities such as: Events: Annual Chinese New Year celebrations, Doors Open Markham; meetings: CREW, Lenten small group; courses on Back to basics and New Testament; series: Courting, Marriage preparation; and I enjoy being helpful whenever and wherever needed. I also received the Holy Chrism during my missionary trip with the church to Bolivia by His Grace Bishop Youssef.

Vision Statement:

1. How will you contribute to the mission and vision of SMSV by your service on the Church Board?

I will contribute to the mission and vision of SMSV by bringing a Chinese Canadian young adult perspective to the Church Board, all while keeping rooted in our doctrine and traditions. I will also bring innovative ideas to help the church minister in spreading the Good News to the community and enriching our current members’ spiritual growth and understanding of why we do the things we do in the Coptic Orthodox Church. I will affirm SMSV’s ministry of love, integration, and outreach.

2. What new ideas/suggestions would you like to introduce to the Church Board?

I would like to introduce the idea of broadening our presence to the community and thereby engaging with them. This process would include a better understanding of our current state on how we are integrating and outreaching to the community; assessing what is readily available to us, such as the Doors Open Markham event; researching and building our connections for other avenues of engagement; and creating a stronger online presence via our website and other media outlets to help the community get better access to us. With this understanding, we can create performance measures to help us monitor where we are excelling in and where we have an opportunity for improvement. We can also potentially incorporate this process to how we work towards our annual theme(s). Additionally, I hope this will ensure that we are held accountable and also keep us transparent to our members, the community, and our direct leadership of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Holy Synod; and to ultimately grow one another in faith and show glory to God by loving and embracing one another.