Sheila Purves (贝维斯) recently retired from her position as Director of International & China Programmes, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (1988 – 2013). She is now working as Consultant for The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation. In the past twenty-five years, she was responsible for planning, fund-raising, implementing, and evaluating rehabilitation training projects, mainly in China, many undertaken in the Society’s role as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation. She has worked with hospitals, rehabilitation centres, social and child welfare institutes, and communities. Sheila is a Canadian citizen, with a basic degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia (1979), a Masters of Public Health in 1996 from Boston University. She is licensed as both an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist. She is honorary advisor, professor and lecturer to many hospitals and medical universities in different parts of China and she has undertaken consulting assignments for WHO, UNICEF, China Disabled Persons Federation, Handicap International (China Office), World Vision Hong Kong, Kadoorie Charitable Foundation Hong Kong and others.
In 2000 she was awarded an MBE for her work in China on the Queens’ Honour List (UK). In 2011 received a Doctor of Social Science (honoris causa) from Hong Kong Institute of Education.