Last evening during our annual staff Salt and Light Christmas celebration, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light presented the second Lover of Life
Award to Bosco Chan. The award takes its name from the late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop emeritus of Milan, who described Salt and Light’s patron Saint Gianna Berretta Molla as a “woman, doctor and lover of life” at the time of her beatification in 1994. St. Gianna was canonized by Blessed John Paul II on May 16, 2004. She was the last person to be canonized of Pope John Paul II one year before his death in 2005.
The first Lover of Life
Award was presented last year to Mrs. Joanna Verduci of Brampton, Ontario for her heroic efforts in championing the dignity and sacredness of human life.
Bosco Chan has been a volunteer at the Salt and Light TV's Chinese programming since 2005. After his first meeting with Fr Rosica at the World Youth Day 2002, the two met again at the University of St. Michael's Faculty of Theology
where Bosco pursued his masters' studies in Theology. Bosco took several scripture courses taught by Fr. Rosica.
Over the past six years, Bosco helped us to form the Chinese programming team, launched the Chinese version of Perspectives
covering current events in the Church and China in particular, and produced special coverage on various topics including major ecclesial issues in China.
In addition to his volunteering at the S+L, Bosco has also volunteered at prison ministries, both while studying in Manitoba and in Ontario. He was part of Toronto's WYD 2002 Choir, the producer of one of the official WYD 2002 events: "Sing a New Song" which hosted young Chinese Catholics from all over the world at Mel Lastman Square. He also served several terms on the Parish Finance Council at his home parish in Markham, Ontario. In 2012, he received his Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto
In each of his varied volunteer activities, Bosco has manifested a deep love and concern for the dignity of human life, particular among those whose lives are diminished, at risk or in crisis. He is a loving husband and father. While he is not volunteering, Bosco and his wife Mellissa raise their four children from the age of 2 to 9: Ethan, Elliott, Zoe and Emeric.
Bosco is a Director of Finance for a publicly listed telecommunication company in Toronto, holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business
. He is a Certified General Accountant in Ontario, and a holder of the Chartered Financial Analysis from the U.S.
Congratulations and best wishes to Bosco Chan, this year’s recipient of the “Lover of Life” award.