Dr. Ester Leung wins Outstanding Mentor of Social Enterprise award


Date: 02 Dec 2013 (Monday)


Dr. Ester Leung named Outstanding Mentor of Social Enterprise


Dr. Ester Leung, Associate Professor of the Department of English Language and Literature, was recently named Outstanding Mentor of Social Enterprise in the Friends of Social Enterprise Award Scheme 2013 organised by the Home Affairs Department. The award recognised her outstanding voluntary work in and contributions to the professional training of interpreters from the ethnic minorities and interpreters trainers. 

In 2010, Dr. Leung won a University Grants Committee research grant for her Public Policy Research project entitled “Community Interpreting in Hong Kong” which studied the language rights of ethnic minorities and their access to public services. During the course of her research, Dr. Leung found a serious lack of medical and legal interpreters capable of serving the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. To respond to this situation, she organised and taught a “Medical interpreting training course for the ethnic minorities in 2011 and another one on“Medical/Legal interpreters trainers training” in March 2012 to nurture trainers who could go on to train interpreters.  

Dr. Leung is pleased to have received the award, which she sees as a tribute to the late Professor Martha Cheung, former Director of the Centre for Translation, who greatly supported this research project. Dr. Leung’s aim in conducting this participatory action research was to seek a channel for wider social impact, so that ethnic minorities in Hong Kong could be treated equally. She said currently the professional qualification of interpreters from the ethnic minorities has not been recognised, leading to a high turnover rate that affects both interpreters and service receivers. She hopes to receive more support to sustain her research and service efforts in this area. 

The “Friends of Social Enterprise Award Scheme 2013” aims to give recognition to individuals and organisations who have demonstrated support to social enterprises in Hong Kong. It helps enhance public awareness of social enterprises and encourage cross-sectoral support for social enterprises.