CN Dreams (Special interview): Calgary Korean Health Advocacy Society

Calgary Korean Health Fair is confirmed for Saturday, September 10th.

Our newspaper had an opportunity to interview the president, pharmacist Leeyong Khil of Calgary Korean Health Advocacy Society.  

Please introduce your organization.  

We just became a registered non-profit organization after successfully hosting the very first Calgary Korean Health Fair in Alberta last year.  

And it consists of the executive team including a president, workshop team, volunteer team, and network team.  We aim to help Calgarians to better understand available health-and-wellness- related information and services, and to help them to learn about their common health issues, and to provide networking opportunities to exchange knowledge and build connections among Korean Canadian communities.   

What other plans do you have? 

Our biggest and foremost goal is establishing an annual health fair with various themes.  We feel rewarding and responsible for all the interest and encouragement many have shown us.  We are planning to have a website up and running to provide health information, publish booklets such as the one we offered last year called, ‘Korean/English Medical Handbook’, and offer workshops/seminars with health care professionals.  Furthermore, although it will be a long-term goal, eventually we would like to offer counseling and services escorting people to hospitals, health, and social service organizations.  Also, offering an opportunity to connect students with health care professionals to explore various health career options. 

Any difficulties running the organization?

As we are a brand new non-profit organization and consists of volunteers, we are in dare need of more volunteers and funding.  Currently, we are relying on generous donations from the Calgary Korean Association, Calgary Korean Lions Club, Calgary Korean Seniors Association, Calgary Korean Scholarship Foundation, and other Korean organizations.  And luckily, many volunteers are donating their own time to plan and prepare for the upcoming Calgary Korean Health Fair.  However, in order to expand our reach, we are in dire need to secure more human and financial support, thus we are working hard on developing networking and expanding our reach in various health/social services professionals. We would urge many health professionals near the Calgary area to participate in the good cause.

When is the Calgary Korean Health Fair this year? 

We gained a lot of confidence after having more than 200 Koreans participating, and words of encouragement in our fair despite the bad weather last year.  This year, It will be on Saturday, September 10th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Calgary Christian School (5029 26 Ave SW, Calgary, AB).   The health fair is for everyone.  It is open to anyone, from an exchange student who came to Calgary yesterday, to someone who landed in Toronto 50 years ago.  We will be offering many booths from various health-related organizations and one on one consultations with pharmacists.  Also, there will be a workshop about brain diseases.   Other than that we will have many children’s activities such as face painting and bounce castles, and many wellness activities targeted for all ages such as massage, yoga, and screening services.  

Lastly, if you are interested in donating or advertisement opportunities, please email us at  We are also recruiting volunteers ( For more information, please visit our website at or Facebook at   Please don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas on our activities and upcoming health fairs.  Thank you.  

Source: CNDreams Newspaper, Published June 24th, 2016…