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ALANNAH O NG 林小湛, Q.S.J.M.

Alannah Ong was awarded the prestigious “Maple Elite Award” by CUA (Canadian University Association)for her distinguished contribution to the society in 2011. She was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for her distinguished service to music in Canada, 1977.She will be hosting weekly TV shows “Alannah & Kan Mok’s Life as a Stage” on ATV starting from August 2012 on Saturday from 5:30 – 6 pm.

After Alannah’s graduation from the Royal College of Music, London, England, major in Performance & Teaching, she obtained both A.R.C.M. & L.R.A.M. In 1969 she moved with her family to Canada. She joined the Music Department of Mount Royal College as a professor in Calgary, at the same time she received her Diploma in TV, Stage & Radio Arts from S.A.I.T. Later She moved to Ottawa where she became a professor with Music Dept. of University of Ottawa where she also obtained her B.A. degree in Theatre. In 1975she was invited to join the Canadian National Band, of Department of National Defence, and became the first lady musician in the military in Canada. She was the featured pianist to perform for all the government functions at the Government House Rideau Hall & at the Prime Minister’s Residence for Royalties & foreign dignitaries. She also performed in concerts at the National Arts Centre raising funds for handicapped children, in Europe & North America.

After moving to Vancouver, she started her career as an actress for films, TV shows & Stage. Her film “Double Happiness”, a Canadian classic, won 7 international awards. In 1997 She returned to Hong Kong to star in many TV drama series with TVB & ATV. Her role as Principal Ko in “Kindred Spirit”( 真情),the longest running TV soap opera in Asia, has won her popularity and became a success. She is also well-known as an acting coach, Karena Lam (won HK Film Academy Award & Golden Horse Award…etc), Osric Chau (starred in “2012””,”Man with an Iron Fist”…etc), Cristina Paras (Lead in Broadway musical “Miss Saigon”) are among some of her successful students.

Besides teaching Music & Acting, Alannah gives Workshops in Business Etiquette for HKTDC, VTC, Technology Park, Polytechnic University, Li & Fung Group, Aviva, KPMG, Nissan…etc. She is also a professor at the Active Ageing Institute of Polytechnic University.

She created “The SuperKids”programme for children with Downs Syndrome with Dr. Alfred Wong. It was a great successful. She is a consultant with CEO Foundation “Family Renewal Programme”, she visited the orphans in LuoYang and taught them to perform “Hansel & Gretel”in which they learnt to act, dance & sing. She is also a consultant with CKB 168, a Canadian company which has created many Animation Programmes such as ESL, Memory Max, 弟子規…etc. Besides children, she loves animals, she is a consultant with ARS (Animal Rescue Society).

She is also a writer, her novel “The Legend of Hagu-Gatai”( 情牽博雅亭) was published in 2004. “Butterfly in Amber”, a movie script written by Alannah & daughter Laara, hopefully will be in production next year. Her story “Francis, the Super Pig”will be produced as an animation film next year.