Eric Wong, BEd ’75
Educator and consultant, Eric Wong is a champion of education as a tool to promote a diverse, inclusive, and respectful society.
Wong earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia in 1975. Prior to founding his private practice, Wong was the multicultural education consultant for the Vancouver School Board and worked with the City of Vancouver equal employment opportunities office. He was later promoted to manager of training and programs for the Hastings Institute, which is dedicated to providing multicultural and employment equity training and organizational development for the public and private sectors.
As a consultant, he works with organizations, schools, and businesses to promote diversity in the workplace. His clients include the Province of British Columbia, the Canadian Department of Justice, and the City of North Vancouver. He developed and taught the Vancouver Police Department’s course on diversity, and engaged in similar work with the Vancouver and Port Coquitlam Fire Departments.
School districts throughout BC have called on Wong’s expertise for workshops and training programs, both for staff professional development and educational programs for students. He created the Anti-Racist Toolkit for the First Nations Education Steering Committee, which included curricula and activities for the classroom.
In 2011, Wong received an honourable mention from the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of different cultural groups and backgrounds.