State Deputy, Ming Lau, PEng, CEng:
Koon Ming Lau joined the Knights of Columbus Coquitlam Council 5540 in 2001.
When his home parish, St. Francis Xavier, established a new council in Feb. 2006, he transferred to St. Francis Xavier Council 10500 as a Charter member. He has been an active member serving as the Treasurer for one and a half years at the Council 10500. He was then elected as the Grand Knight and was awarded double star council in three consecutive years during his terms. Ming was awarded the Grand Knight of the Year from the State of British Columbia and Yukon in 2010.
He continued to serve as the District Deputy from 2010 – 2013 and earned Star District in 2012. In the same year, he was awarded the District Deputy of the Year. In 2013, Ming was elected as the State Advocate and appointed as the State Membership Director, and was re-elected as the State Advocate and appointed as State New Council Development and Round Table Chairman in 2014. After a year in the position of State Treasurer in the fraternal year 2015-16, Ming served as State Secretary in 2016-2017, before being elected State Deputy for the fraternal year 2017-2018.
Ming joined St. Lorenzo Ruiz Assembly 2944 in 2007 and was appointed as the Deputy Commander. In late 2011, he established a new Assembly at St. Francis Xavier Parish successfully and became the Charter Faithful Navigator of St. Francis Xavier Assembly 3315. In 2013, he was recognized as the Faithful Navigator of the Year from the District of BC/Yukon. He was honoured with other awards on behalf of the Council and himself from the State Council at different occasions. Ming graduated in England and is a Professional Engineer and a Charter Engineer with other professional designations. He is also active at church serving various parish committees, joining the sodalities, leading many fundraising events and parish activities.
State Chaplain, Most Reverend Stephen Jensen:
Bishop Stephen Jensen was ordained in 1980 as a priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, serving in several parishes and as Vicar for Education for many years. He became Vicar General in 2009. He was named Bishop of Prince George by Pope Benedict XVI on January 3, 2013.
He studied at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, receiving the degrees B.A. and M.Div. In 2001 he obtained a Doctorate in Education, specializing in educational leadership, at the University of San Francisco.
Bishop Jensen is a member of the board of St. Mark’s College and the undergraduate liberal arts program Corpus Christi College, both affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Canadian bishops’ Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments.
State Secretary, Dale Hofer:
Dale Hofer joined the Knights of Columbus in 2005 with Council 12202 in Coldstream, BC. Dale was elected Deputy Grand Knight at the next election and retained that position for 3 years before becoming Grand Knight. He was Grand Knight for the next 3 years and during that tenure, his council earned Double Star Council in the first year and Star Council in the 2nd and 3rd years. Council 12202 earned Most Meritorious Council 2 out of the 3 years, as well as a State Community award for the Keep Christ in Christmas Program.
After the 3 year term as Grand Knight, Dale was appointed District Deputy for District 11. During this time, a 2nd degree team was created in District 11 of which Dale is a member, as well being a member of as the Vernon/Coldstream 1st degree team. Dale has also served as State Warden, State Advocate, State Program Director and State Treasurer.
Since buying a business and moving to Vernon with his wife Dianne and 3 children in 2004, Dale has been involved with Our Lady of the Valley Church as a lector, the Youth Club and St. James School in various capacities. Dale and his family have been selected as Family of the year twice during their time in Vernon.
State Treasurer, Edgardo Panes:
Brother Edgardo Panes joined Knights of Columbus Council 10681, Christopher Columbus, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Richmond, in 2007. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical engineering. He was elected Grand Knight of the council in 2009 and served two years in that role.
Under his leadership, the council gained Double Star council awards for two consecutive years with phenomenal growth in Insurance and Membership and Recognition for Service Programs, which included helping the needy at the Richmond Food bank with the Coats for Kids program. Brother Edgardo earned the Grand Knight of the Year Award in 2010-2011.
Appointment as District Deputy for District #23 followed, and during Brother Edgardo’s term in office from 2012 to 2014, the district assembled second Degree teams and gained Star District status for two consecutive years. In 2014 saw Brother Ed appointed as State Convention and Conference Chairman for the British Columbia and Yukon State Council.
Brother Ed was elected State Warden in 2015, and State Advocate for the 2016-2017 and also State Retention Director for two years.
State Advocate, Marcel Renaud:
Marcel has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1982. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. He is a Senior Process Piping Designer for the oil & gas industry, and has been working as a software designer for that industry and many others for over 25 years.
Marcel has been a member of St. Luke’s Parish in Maple Ridge since 1975, growing up there and raising his own family there. He has been a member or the chair of many of the committees in the parish at one time or another – most significantly, Liturgy Committee Chair and was in charge of training and scheduling altar servers, Lectors, and Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. He and his wife Barbara were the RCIA coordinators for 9 years.
Marcel joined Our Lady of the Valley Council #10889 in 1993, where he is still an active Member. Immediately upon joining, he formed the Council’s first 1st Degree Team. Upon receiving his 2nd and 3rd Degrees, he joined the Lower Mainland Major Degree Team. He is certified in most parts of all of the first three Degree Ceremonials, including being a Conferring Officer of the Knighthood Degree for the past 20 years. Marcel received the honours of the Patriotic Degree in January 2016, and is an active member of Pope John Paul II Assembly’s Colour Guard.
Marcel has held many of the positions in his Council, including Program Director, 6 years as Financial Secretary, and his Council received the Star Council award in his first year as Grand Knight.
He served 2 years as State Ceremonial and Protocol Chairman, followed by 2 years as the Executive Assistant to the State Deputy.
State Warden, Herb Yang:
Herb Yang was born in Manila, Philippines. His family moved to Vancouver in 1974. He graduated from Gladstone Secondary in 1979 and received a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at UBC in 1985. Herb worked for General Electric for 22 years and currently owns a Technical Sales Agency selling electrical equipment covering Western Canada.
Herb is married to Clara and has two daughters, Marisa and Kristen. They live in Coquitlam and is a member of All Saints Parish. He is a member of the Parish Finance Committee and a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Committee. He joined the order in 1997 and has served as Grand Knight for 3 years. He has served the State Council as District Deputy for 4 years, State Youth Director for 3 years, State Program Director for 2 years, Executive Assistant to the State Deputy for 2 years and State Charity Appeal Chairman for 2 years.
Herb enjoys running and has completed 11 marathons & several half marathons. He & Clara enjoys cruising to Europe and the Caribbean.
Immediate Past State Deputy, Arcie Lim:
Arcie J. Lim joined the Knights in 1982 as a member of Council 4615.
He subsequently transferred to St. Joseph Council 9479 where he served as Financial Secretary and eventually Grand Knight and was instrumental in achieving the council’s first STAR Council Award. He served as District Deputy from 2002 to 2004 and earned Star District for both years.
After his term as DD, he was appointed as the State New Council Development Director and served in that position for three years. He was elected as State Warden in 2008 and has served two terms as State Advocate in 2009-2010. He was elected as State Treasurer in 2011 and 2012 and as State Secretary in 2013 and 2014. For two years, Arcie also served in the capacity of State Membership Director when BC & Yukon State Council garnered the coveted Circle of Honour Award in 2009 and 2010. He was also the State Bursary Chairman during his term as State Treasurer.
He was elected as State Deputy at the 104th BC and Yukon State Annual General Meeting and Convention held in Richmond in April 2015. He achieved the Circle of Honour in his first year in office and on his second term, led the jurisdiction in achieving the Pinnacle Award, the highest level of the Circle of Honour and the first in the history of the British Columbia and Yukon State Council. Under his leadership and working along with a capable and dedicated team, BC & Yukon State became number 1 in Canada and 5th in the whole Order for the Fraternal Year 2016 – 2017. Concurrent with his role as State Deputy, he served as President of the Knights of Columbus (BC) Charity Foundation. He is presently a member of St. Mary’s Council 13072 in Vancouver.
Arcie also served as Faithful Navigator of Simon Fraser Assembly 0029, the oldest Assembly in BC and became the Chartered Faithful Navigator of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Assembly 2944. He was honored on separate occasions by both his Council and Assembly as Family of the Year.
Arcie is an Accountant by profession and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with a CPA designation. He is very active and involved in various movements and committees in his parish, school, local community and Archdiocesan activities. He was the Chairperson of the St. Joseph’s Pastoral Council for many years and served as a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Vancouver for six years until 2016. Arcie served as PEC Chairman of St. Joseph Elementary School for eight years and Treasurer of the Regional Parish Education Committee at St. Patrick Regional Secondary School for five years. He was appointed as member of the Special Task Force (the forerunner of Forum) of the Catholic Independent School of Vancouver Archdiocese and served for a term of three years. He was elected representative to CISVA and served as member of the Policy and Procedures Committee for two years. He sits on the Board of two local NFP organizations and was a recipient of the Papal Award “Benemerenti Medal” conferred by Pope Benedict XVl .
Arcie is also active in the community at large. He was past president of Circulo Pampangueno in BC, a non-profit organization extending financial aid to the needy and offering scholarships to poor but deserving students in the Philippines. He is currently the 2nd Vice President of the United Filipino Canadian Associations in British Columbia.