Panha Pal, Son Ha Long, Helen Lam
Bhante Jason, Lalith De Silva, Eng-Joo Ong, Yee-Fong Lee, Sean Mendis, Oleg Cerkas,
Panha Pal, Helen Lam, Min-Zhao Lee
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
For the past quarter-century, it has been Panha’s mission to help students to overcome the disadvantages and horrors of the refugee experience, through the power of education and learning. While he gave up a far more lucrative career in technology to devote himself to this ideal, he has also used his expertise to develop the revolutionary 4D Learning™ paperless learning for Pal Buddhist School. Panha’s strong commitment to following the path of the Dhamma underpins his idealism, and has created the atmosphere of dedication and loving kindness that is the foundation of Pal Buddhist School.
Son Ha Long
Son Ha is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has over 30 years of experience in business management and operations in Cambodia, China and Vietnam. Since moving to Australia in 1981, he has worked in many industries including meat and petrol. Now he employs over 2000 employees working across his garment and rubber tree plantation businesses. In 1992, Son Ha joined and established the Chin Lien Chinese Association, which has been instrumental in bringing the local community together with one of the largest temples in Western Sydney Quan Yin Temple. With the association, he collaborated with Dr Wong to charitably help the elderly living in poverty in China, Vietnam and Cambodia. He also has established various nursing homes in Asia and Oceania. In 2017 Son Ha Long was appointed the Director of the Chin Lien Chinese Association.
Ms Helen Lam is one of the founders of Pal Buddhist School. Inspired by Mr. Panha’s teaching and ideals when she was a school student herself, she has devoted herself to education, believing its importance to be even greater than that of the Law and Commerce, although she has degrees in both these fields, and is pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of education. Dedicated and tireless, Helen’s wholehearted commitment to Pal Buddhist School, its students and its ideals, is showing its fruits in the continuing success of the school.
Spiritual Advisor, Bhante Jason
Bhante Jason is a Sydney-native and an Early Buddhist monk. Formerly a Sydney lawyer, he is best known for his epic barefooted journeys up and down the east-coast of Australia. Ordained in Sri Lanka in 2010, Bhante wanted to find the answer to this question: ‘Is the monk’s life as lived by the Buddha two and a half millennia ago still possible today?’
To this end, Bhante made the determination to walk the 1500km span separating Gold Coast Airport and Townsville in the mode of the ancient monks. That is, with no money, no organised support and no shoes, while eating only one meal per day consisting of almsfood offered by strangers and friends. What he did take with him was three large rectangular pieces of cloth – his robes, a metal bowl for collecting almsfood, a whole lot of faith, and a willingness to test assumptions and ideas in the School of Hard Knocks.
Mr. De Silva commenced his engineering career at IBM in Sri Lanka and Australia and is a recognised ICT and Business Transformation Specialist. He has held several key positions such as Group CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom, Board Director Sri Lankan Airlines, Board Director/CEO Mobitel (Private Limited). Advisor to SLT, and Senior Advisor to Saudi Telecom, and is an experienced ICT professional with over three decades of extensive international private sector experience spanning across a wide range of industries. Lalith is a Fellow of the Institute of Management (FIM) of UK, Fellow of Australian Institute of management & leadership(FAIML), a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors(GAICD) and PMP/ PRINCE2 practitioner. He is the Founder Chairman of the Project Management Institute in Sri Lanka in 2004, United Lanka Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a trustee of Light of Asia foundation and was a Board member of SriLankan International School in Riyadh and Bakeer Marker Centre for National unity in Sri Lanka, Australian Computer society, Canberra,
Eng-Joo received a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) with Honours and Master of Science (Urban Planning) from University of Science Malaysia in Penang; and a Master of Environmental and Local Government Law from Macquarie University in Sydney. He practised as an environmental planner and economist in the public and private sectors in Malaysia for over a decade. In 1988, Eng-Joo migrated to Australia where he worked as an environmental planner for a local council in Sydney and the New South Wales Government for almost two decades. In later years, he established his own consulting firm, practising as an environmental planning consultant.
Since retiring in 2009, Eng-Joo devoted his time to write/comply five books on his father, Ong Seok Kim, a Malaysian educationist and philanthropist, and his family. No Other Way Out – A Biography of Ong Seok Kim and Ong Seok Kim Family Book 2013, are published in English and could be read on Eng-Joo’s family website, ongseokkim.com.
Yee-Fong received a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics), Honours from University of Science Malaysia in Penang. Since graduation, Yee-Fong has worked for over a decade in faculty administration and as a Senior Assistant Bursar at Agriculture University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. In 1987, she was awarded the Association of Commonwealth Universities Travel Fellowship to Cambridge University, University of Reading and University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Since migrating to Australia in 1988, Yee-Fong has worked in the University of Sydney for almost 25 years, initially in the Department of Physiology as an Administration Manager. She then moved on to the central administration of the University, taking on various positions including Administration and Finance Manager and Senior Corporate Accountant before retiring in 2012.
Yee-Fong has 40 years of experience in office and staff management, and skills in information technology, financial system and budgeting.
Sean, a mechanical engineer, project manager, change & events manager with around 15 years of project management experience in Singapore & Australasia.
He is also a devoted Dhamma & meditation practitioner who is a co-founder of the ‘Global Loving Kindness Meditation Programme’, ‘Sustainable Success’ Emotional Intelligence workshops and a global coordinator for ‘Metta Circles’ and ‘Metta Around the World’ programmes’.
Oleg Cerkas comes from a background of Bachelor of Electronic and computer technology, studied at Vilnius Technical University and is currently one of our Advisory Board Members. He has a great knowledge in IT field and creative ideas.
For the past quarter-century, it has been Panha’s mission to help students to overcome the disadvantages and horrors of the refugee experience, through the power of education and learning. While he gave up a far more lucrative career in technology to devote himself to this ideal, he has also used his expertise to develop the revolutionary 4D™ paperless learning for Pal Buddhist School. Panha’s strong commitment to following the path of the Dhamma underpins his idealism, and has created the atmosphere of dedication and loving kindness that is the foundation of Pal Buddhist School.
Deputy Principal, Helen Lam
Ms Helen Lam is one of the founders of Pal Buddhist School. Inspired by Panha’s teaching and ideals when she was a school student herself, she has devoted herself to education, believing its importance to be even greater than that of the Law and Commerce, although she has degrees in both these fields, and is pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of education. Dedicated and tireless, Helen’s wholehearted commitment to Pal Buddhist School, its students and its ideals, is showing its fruits in the continuing success of the school.
During the day, Dr Min-Zhao Lee is our executive consultant, coordinating our range of academic projects and educational initiatives at Pal Buddhist School. At night, he changes into the green superhero costume many of us are familiar with, working with a team of equally dedicated emergency doctors and nurses to save lives at Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Somewhere in between his education and health roles, he completed a Master of Philosophy (Engineering and Information Technology) at the University of Sydney, in addition to his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Medical Science (Advanced) at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Lee is committed to invigorating the academic culture of excellence at our school, drawing on his vast experience working with gifted and talented students. He has 15 years of experience under his belt training James Ruse Agricultural High School and University High School (VIC) students to compete internationally in the Mathematics and Science Olympiads.