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Duo appointed as Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Ambassadors for the first time
Dreamers from Hong Kong and South Africa join hands for a new chapter of inclusion and diversity
HONG KONG – September 9, 2021 – Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is proud to announce the appointment of Lily Chan and Tony Dick as its new 2022-2023 Ambassadors, marking the first time for the resort to appoint two cast members and a non-Chinese cast member in the coveted position. On the back of the pandemic’s impacts and the new norm of operating with flexibility and agility, the pair are joining hands at the forefront of Hong Kong Disneyland’s continued diversity and inclusion efforts in true Disney spirit.
Michael Moriarty, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, expressed his excitement over the appointments: “I’m thrilled to see us breaking from the resort’s traditional practices and appointing two cast members as our ninth Ambassadors. Chan and Dick are a great representation of the diversity in cultures, languages, personalities and expertise among our cast member family as well as the resort’s commitment to building an inclusive culture. I truly believe they will complement one another and bring more hopes and possibilities to our cast members, community and beyond.”
A duo of Disney dreamers
Ambassador-elect Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong, and likely shares a similar story with many other girls in the city. She grew up as the apple of her parents’ eye and was always good student at school. She later worked as a part-time cast member at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort whilst completing her degree at the Education University of Hong Kong. Upon graduating, she continued her career here in Human Resources department, but at the same time found her true spark of magic through her continued work among the local community.
“Some of my favorite Disney memories are from participating in Disney VoluntEARS services,” Chan said. “During the pandemic for example, we worked together to create a series of 30-minute TV programs for Hong Kong Children’s Hospital, delivering happiness to the young patients even across the screen at a time when we needed to think outside of the box.” She added: “While I am thrilled to be an official Ambassador, I hope that every cast member can also be an ambassador when it comes to caring about the resort and also our local community.”
If Chan represents the story of a typical girl here in Hong Kong, then Dick’s story represents another side of the resort’s story. Originally from South Africa, Dick studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, but due to personal family reasons, he was unable to finish his course. He went on to find his true passion in performing arts, with his talents eventually landing him a position in Entertainment and Costuming department at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in 2014. As a professional performer and singer, Dick has participated in the latest castle stage show “Follow Your Dreams,” along with the Halloween musical “Let’s Get Wicked,” and the classic “Festival of the Lion King”.
“Although I was forced to give up one dream, in truth it opened up a door for me to pursue another,” Dick said. “There was joy and sadness, but perseverance always leads to success no matter what your dream is. I’ve found a second home in Hong Kong and at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.”
Two stories, one dream
With each Ambassador having different backgrounds, stories and experiences, Chan and Dick share the most important commonality – the Disney dream. They have both grown together with the resort and will have the opportunity to bring their unique characteristics into their roles as Ambassadors. With the spirit of diversity and inclusion at the forefront of their mission, the pair hope to spark fresh joy and excitement as the resort looks to continue serving as a key icon for Hong Kong’s tourism industry. At the same time, the resort’s continued efforts in serving the local community will remain a crucial aspect of the Ambassador program as Chan and Dick take up their positions on January 1.
The Disney Ambassador program dates to 1965 when Walt Disney selected the very first Ambassador for the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, starting a tradition that has grown with Ambassadors now at parks and resorts all around the world. Every selection year, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort elects its Ambassador from more than 5,000 full-time cast members. Acting as the representative of the resort and cast members, the Ambassador – or in this case Ambassadors – participates in various community services, such as Disney VoluntEARS activities, to bring the unique magic of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort to communities in need and share the positive energy of Disney. The Ambassador is also responsible for hosting guests from all around the world, organizing and participating in different events and bringing cast together with the shared purpose of capturing the Disney magic in Hong Kong.
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Media Relations, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort