Sandra, BA, MA

Staff Accountant

One of my strengths is the diversity of experience I bring to my work. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, pursued higher education in England and completed a Bachelor of Arts there before moving to Victoria with my family in 2000. I spent the next several years splitting time between Canada and Asia for work and studies and completed a Master of Arts in 2004 while working as a teacher in Hong Kong. I later worked in the banking industry in Canada, where my bookkeeping background proved valuable. Prior to settling in Victoria full-time in 2014, I spent many years teaching English in Hong Kong, eventually assuming a leadership position guiding teachers and coordinating events. This allowed me to connect with and provide meaningful support for both students and teachers, which was an incredibly enriching time in my life.

My mother and siblings are here in Victoria as well. It’s wonderful to be able to enjoy holidays and festivals together, and it’s especially fun to spend time with my niece and nephew. I feel fortunate to have the privilege and benefit of all that I have experienced, and sponsoring children in developing countries is one way I give back. I also enjoy volunteering my time at cultural events doing Chinese calligraphy for visitors. In my free time, I try to experience as much art and culture as I can. I love literature and am happiest curled up in a corner with a good book. I enjoy attending music concerts and plays and am often dreaming of my next travelling adventure. I especially love the peaceful process of oil painting.

With my experience in bookkeeping and banking, accounting was a natural next step. I completed a Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration in 2017. Having excelled academically, I knew I had found my place professionally. I have brought the same academic rigor to my current role as an articling student as I work towards my Chartered Professional Accountant designation. I have experience using multiple financial information systems and can expertly and efficiently assist with corporate and personal taxes, sales tax, payroll matters, to name a few. These areas can be complicated and frustrating for many, but I enjoy the challenge of keeping many details organized and communicating effectively with our clients.

Collaboration is at the heart of my approach to working with others. I am adaptive and innovative, allowing me to build and maintain positive working relationships with my professional network and with our clients. Accounting is more than just a career for me. I am truly passionate about helping clients and solving challenging problems with innovative solutions.