Dr. Sylvia Sham: Obituary Notice

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our CEO, Dr Sylvia Sham, on Saturday evening, 10th December 2016, after a short illness with cancer.

Life can be like a long-distance race, where patience and endurance with small beginnings grow into bigger visions. Sylvia ran this race. She poured so much of herself into seeing Wai Yin Society services expand, reaching more and more people, regardless of background and culture. Last year, she received the “Spirit of Manchester Awards 2015: Contribution to the sector Award” for her committed work, which has made a huge difference to the lives of so many in Greater Manchester.

Sylvia (front, centre) with Jenny Tsang (left), Mark Greenwood (rear) and Lisa Mok (right)

Sylvia (front, centre) with Jenny Tsang (left), Mark Greenwood (rear) and Lisa Mok (right)

However, Sylvia’s race did not stop as far as the office or meeting rooms. She ran the Manchester 10K in 2015, rallying our Wai Yin team together. She encouraged us daily to run our race and win. She spent her final precious moments in ‘Amazing Grace’, her favourite song being sung and played on guitar for her.

Sylvia always ran her race with grace, unlimited energy and laughter. Her life, laughter and positive spirit will never end in our hearts.

Sylvia with Mr Afzal Khan, MEP for North West England

Sylvia with Mr Afzal Khan, MEP for North West England

Our beloved hero, Dr Sylvia Sham.

5 thoughts on “Dr. Sylvia Sham: Obituary Notice

  1. Dr Pauline Mottram

    13th December 2016 at 10:26 am

    A huge loss for Manchester and the NW! Sylvia’s huge courage, vision, passion and indomitable spirit has been an inspiration to many. Her life and her story will continue to influence many for years to come. It was a privilege to know and work with Sylvia. Dr Pauline Mottram

  2. Paul Harris

    14th December 2016 at 11:54 am

    So sorry to hear this news, Sylvia was a wonderful person, passionate to help make Manchester a better place and who was a pleasure to work with.

  3. George Devlin

    19th December 2016 at 10:39 am

    I was very sorry to read this – I worked with Sylvia for a long time – she was without doubt one of the kindest, most considerate and committed people I have ever met. Her contribution to the development and delivery of health and social care services in Manchester was immense and she will be sadly missed.

  4. Manchester Carers Centre

    4th January 2017 at 10:53 am

    We are all immensely sad to hear about the loss of Sylvia. She was a wonderful advocate for her community and Carers. We have worked along side Sylvia a long time and know that she leaves a wonderful legacy to continue to build upon. Thank you Sylvia. Sadly missed by all at Manchester Carers Centre
    Shirley Devine CEO

  5. Rose Snow

    14th July 2017 at 2:00 am

    To me Sylvia is not gone. When I close my eyes I see and feel her laughing in my heart.

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