Dr. Lyren Chiu is an educator, researcher, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist.
She has dedicated her career to researching, teaching, and promoting compassionate health care and social justice. Dr. Chiu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada in 1999. Since then, Dr. Chiu has founded and actively participated in several not-for-profit organizations, community services, and social enterprises.
Dr. Chiu is President, Founder, and Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing (CRISH). Incorporated in 2006, CRISH is an international professional charity organization devoted to promoting multidisciplinary research and education in spirituality, culture, and health care (www.crish.org). Dr. Chiu also founded a Mandarin-speaking cancer support group in 2000 and the Vancouver Research Network for Spirituality and Healing at University of British Columbia in 2003 - 2006 and co-founded a Chinese community advisory at the BC Cancer Agency in 2003 - 2007. Dr. Chiu organized numerous international conferences, public forums and workshops to increase awareness and affect changes. Dr. Chiu was the co-chair of the International Multidisciplinary Conference on Spirituality and Health in November 2006, the chair of the Global Integrative Traditional Medicine in September 2008, and the chair of Traditional Chinese Medicine Education Forum in 2009.
Dr. Chiu has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Woman of Canada, the Peter Wall Institute for Advance Studies Early Career Award. Dr. Chiu was recognized as both a “visionary” by Vancouver Women’s Magazine in 2009, and as a “change
agent” by the Diasporas Project led by SFU in 2012 for her work in educating Canadian society about the values and practices of integrated healing. Currently, she incorporates spirituality and leadership into her teaching in the School of Nursing at Langara College.
Member Since: 2016