At Timberland we are all Earthkeepers, and we live each day with our purpose in mind, to step outside, work together and make it better. We believe it’s necessary to appreciate those who have been going above and beyond to make our products better, our cities greener or our communities stronger. Joyce Chan is someone that lives as an Earthkeeper in her personal and professional life every day. Joyce is our Regional Merchandising Manager in Hong Kong. The support she gives to her community and the inspirational work she does is why we have nominated her as our Earthkeeper Spotlight this month. Let’s find out more about Joyce…
What’s your background?
I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Ajax, east of Toronto, Canada. After I finished university, I moved to London to further my studies and pursue my dream of a career in the fashion industry. While I was in London, I was fortunate enough to have a mentor who taught me to live life with purpose. Later, I returned to my roots in Hong Kong, where I joined the Timberland team. Having such exposure to the world and a great mentor, increased my awareness of the world and my drive to create opportunities for future generations and the less fortunate youth in Hong Kong.
What drives you to be an Earthkeeper?
Nature and outdoor activities were a big part of my childhood, as my father was a dragon boat coach. He would paddle outside every day and often would encourage his friends suffering from illness or personal issues to step outside of their problems and join him. After he passed away in 2015, many of his friends came to me and shared their stories of how joining the dragon boat team changed their lives. He is my hero, and my inspiration to look beyond my personal life, appreciate nature, and live life with purpose.
I wanted to turn the grief of his passing into action and continue his legacy. I am doing this now by investing my time in other people’s lives who are in need. Because of Timberland, I can live out my purpose and continue my father’s legacy by stepping outside and helping others.