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102 Staff Members Receive Long Service Awards

Prof. Joyce Ma (right) and Mr. Lee Chung-ho

Mr. Lee Chung-ho, nicknamed 'locksmith master', described himself as a 'dangerous character' for being able to break into an enclosed area without anyone knowing. He can use a hand file to cut a key at a mere glance into the keyhole. Mr. Lee is one of the 102 staff members who were presented the 2013 Long Service Awards.

Mr. Lee is a works supervisor of the Building Services Section, Estates Management Office, responsible for mainte0ce of machinery and ironware. Over the 25 years he has obtained over 20 engineering licenses and is considered a locksmith master in Hong Kong. He once succeeded in opening a high security safe for a pro-vice-chancellor in just two minutes. 'The University is a stable work environment that encourages career and personal development. In 2006 I applied for a short-term locksmith course in the US, and was granted a generous subsidy for my tickets and tuition.' An owner of three patents for locksmith tools, Mr. Lee is also gifted in manufacturing magic props. Some most well-known magic tricks are made possible by his craftsmanship. 'Even the most inscrutable illusionist has to let me share his best-kept secrets!'

Another recipient of the Long Service Awards is Prof. Joyce Ma, chairperson of the Department of Social Work. Professor Ma's research interests include family therapy and mental health. She spearheaded the introduction of family and family group therapies to Hong Kong, which provide a platform for dialogue and sharing of feelings among young people suffering from mental health problems and their families. Recently she has received three grants from the Research Grants Council to support her research in the effectiveness of family therapy for eating disorders in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, as well as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder patients. As the chairperson of her department, Professor Ma persisted in her counselling services in 0shan Hospital in Shenzhen, using family therapy to help anorexic patients. 'Shenzhen is a city of immigrants. My subjects came from Northeastern China, Xi'an, Inner Mongolia, and Guizhou, etc. They all had different customs and traditions. I have, in return, learned a lot from my subjects.'

Eighty-eight received the award for having worked at CUHK for 25 years and fourteen, for 35 years in the ceremony held on 9 April.