Dr Alman Chan Siu-cheuk, Principal of Christian Zheng Sheng College, was invited by Lingnan University to speak on the topic “Life Coach” at the University Assembly held on 23 March.
Principal Chan has devoted himself to education for 30 years. He shared with some 150 students and faculty members his life transformation from an egoistic and cantankerous youngster who dared to challenge authority, to a life coach committed to helping marginalised youths return to society.
The smiling Chan took himself as an example, and said that once he blamed fate as his academic results were unsatisfactory and questioned why he was not the one who gave assignments to his teacher. It was not until his college study that he grasped the skills of asking questions, and developed a passion for asking questions and learning.
Making his life a blessing for others, savouring every moment and being grateful has enabled him to embrace a positive attitude to overcome hurdle after hurdle. He also encouraged Lingnan students to be active learners, review direction in life proactively and be responsible for their own decisions.
Principal Chan founded Christian Zheng Sheng College in 1998, a private secondary school offering life education to young drug addicts and teenagers with behavioural or emotional problems in Hong Kong, where he has been serving as Principal. Some of his graduates were admitted to universities while others returned to society and made their contributions. Principal Chan was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong in 2000 and conferred an honorary fellowship by Lingnan University in 2014.