Meet Sally Cheung, FCC Head Seamstress
This enthusiastic team member looks after the club’s laundry, uniform repairs and loves to cook.
Tell us a little bit about what you do!
Sally Cheung: I learned how to sew in my home province of Sichuan before moving to Hong Kong 16 years ago. At the FCC, I am responsible for all of the linens and uniforms. I make sure everything from blazers, shirts and trousers to tablecloths, napkins and hand towels are brought to the laundry, and freshly restocked again for the next day.
I also inspect the uniforms daily to check if anything needs fixing. This is the main part of my job. I spend much of my day making alterations or repairing uniforms. It’s very important that staff members look their best – and I take pride in making sure their uniforms always look presentable and professional.
What brought you to the FCC?
SC: I joined the FCC about three years ago. At the time, I was playing mahjong too much, and I needed a full-time job to give me something else to focus on and feel productive. Prior to working here, I looked after my three daughters. I had part-time jobs here and there, but this is the first full-time role I’ve ever had.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
SC: No task is too hard for me; I like a challenge. During COVID-19, when we have all been a little less active than usual, some staff members have put on a little weight. Fixing a stressed or busted seam is very challenging. Since I am the only one who does repairs, sometimes I also feel a lot of pressure because everyone depends on me. But I also love that sense of responsibility and I am thankful that I get to do what I love to do every day.
Can you share some of your favourite memories from your time at the FCC?
SC: My very first year working here, 2018-2019, I won ‘Best New Employee’ at the Staff Awards. I think it was because I am good at my job, have a positive attitude, and get along well with my other teammates. It really is like one big family. Even though much of my job is done alone, I still feel like I am part of a team.
Besides being a dab hand with a sewing machine, are there any other hobbies you enjoy?
SC: In my free time, I like to go shopping and hiking with my daughters. I really care about my health, so we like to do active things to stay on our feet.
I also love to cook Sichuanese dishes, like poached fish in chilli oil (shui zhu yu) or dried Sichuan beef, to share with my team. I have to warn anyone before they try my cooking though: I make very, very spicy food!