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CPAs make a di erence
Head high and straight-faced,
Elvin Chan, commanding offi-
cer of the Hong Kong Air Cadet
Corps, marches towards his
group of young, uniformed cadets. The cadet
leader, in his teens, salutes Chan at his arrival
and requests for dismissal. Granting permis-
sion to do so, Chan signals the cadet leader to
order the rest of the squadron to dismiss.
"That ceremony is called 'close formation,'
which signifies the end of a routine HKACC
meeting. We also have an 'open formation'
at the beginning of every meeting as well,"
explains Chan, who is also a member of the
Hong Kong Institute of CPAs and head of cri-
sis management and business continuity for
Asia at insurance giant AXA Asia-Pacific.
As they stand attentively, ready to fol-
low the officer's orders, it is obvious that the
squadron comprises a group of well-disci-
plined young men. Their admirable develop-
ment is partly a result of Chan's work -- and
assertiveness -- as a HKACC volunteer.
With a full time job in Hong Kong, con-
stantly finding time to volunteer to good
causes isn't always easy. However, with the
resourcefulness developed as a CPA, many
like Chan still find that pursuing on-the-
ground charity work can be both meaning-
ful and manageable.
Having been a cadet himself as a young
boy, Chan jumped at the opportunity to be
trained as an HKACC officer in 2008. "I have
picked up so many things from the corps, so
I think it's time to give back," he says. "From
my experience in the corps, I learned how to
deal with people and how to evolve myself
into something important."
The HKACC, one of the 11 government-
funded youth uniformed groups in Hong
Many Institute members have their
favourite charities and causes. For them,
it's not just a case of putting dollars
in a donation box, but also providing
a personal commitment to changing
people's lives, as Jemelyn Yadao and
Alisha Haridasani find out
Kong, has the mission to train up a group of
skilled and confident young people for poten-
tial future service in the aviation industry.
As an officer, Chan teaches his squadron
of about 50 cadets discipline, leadership
and interpersonal skills -- attributes which
he believes are essential for today's young-
sters, especially those who don't attend top
schools. "I know academically our student
cadets are not the top students in Hong
Kong, but I believe they can be very help-
PHOTO: SAMANTHA SIN
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