Ms. YAU Sau Wai Sania, MSW, RSW

Council Member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited (HKGCSE)

Chief Executive Officer of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Ms. Sania Yau is the council member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited (HKGCSE). She is also the Chief Executive Officer of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Ms. Yau serves in various public capacities to contribute to the mental health development and the society. Under the Government of Hong Kong SAR, she is appointed as a member of the Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Review Committee on Mental Health, the Social Welfare Advisory Committee, Guardianship Board, Lump Sum Grant Steering Committee, Promotion Sub-committee of Health Care and Promotion Fund, Sub-committee on Promotion & Publicity of Volunteer Service of the Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service, as well as the Betting and Lotteries Commission. In respect of social service, Ms. Yau is an Executive Committee member of Hong Kong Council of Social Service and a member of the Management Committee of Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities. She is also a member of the Governing Board of Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre, Management Committee of United Centre of Emotional Health and Positive Living, and member of the Hong Kong Society of Behavioural Health.

Ms. Yau joined New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association in 1996 and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association since 2009. The vision of the Association is to promote mental wellness for people in recovery of mental illness, their families and the general public with the ultimate goal of equal opportunities, social inclusion, acceptance and full participation for all in the community. Ms. Yau believes that “mental health is everybody’s business” and that promoting well-being among different sectors of the society should be a priority for all. Under her leadership, the Association is transformed to provide people-focused, recovery-oriented and evidence-based community mental health services. It operates 50 service units and projects to render residential, employment and vocational training as well as community support services for 12,000 people in recovery of mental illness and their families annually. To promote social inclusion and self-reliance, the Association operates 20 social enterprises to provide training and employment opportunities for people in recovery. The Association also specializes in mental health promotion and prevention, research study, professional training and development.

Ms. Yau is a Registered Social Worker. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Major in Social Work) in The University of Hong Kong and Master of Social Work in The University of Toronto, Canada specializing in mental health and family therapy.