Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala Celebrates “Our Country Our Legends”
(October 29, 2017, Toronto) Over 400 guests attended the 2017 Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala, organized by the Asian Business Network Association (ABNA). The event took place last night (Oct.28) at the Sheraton Parkway hotel, where six recipients of the 2017 Chinese Canadian Legend Award were presented with the Award.
The six recipients of the 2017 Chinese Canadian Legend Award, in alphabetical order were: Mr. Arnold Chan, Mr. Shaun Chen, Mr. Robert Ho, Ms. Shirley Hoy, Master Chi Ping Lee, and Mr. Benson Sy.
The Gala’s opening ceremony was led by Band of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship York, followed by award presentation to Arnold Chan, who passed away before the Gala. His wife Jean Yip received the Award and shared honorable memory of him as a great Canadian. The touching moment led into the celebration of this year’s theme “Our Country Our Legends” by an uplifting dance performance of beautiful young ballerinas from Georgia's Dance & Arts Cultural Centre, with music of the iconic Canadian Song “This is My Canada”.
The Gala also had the honorable presence of Ruth Ann Onley, wife of former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley, to perform the patriotic anthem “We are the People of the Maple Leaf”. Lyrics of the heartwarming song were written by the Honorable David Onley himself, and the resounding melody brought the Gala to an unforgettable Grand Finale.
VIPs attending the Gala included Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, MP Majid Jowhari, Minister of International Trade Michael Chan, Deputy Consul General of China in Toronto Xu Wei, HKETO Director Kathy Chan, City Councillors Alan Ho, Castro Liu and over 400 distinguished guests.
Mr. Bammy Wong, President of the ABNA, says that this year marks the 18th anniversary of Chinese Canadian Legend Award, and 112 recipients have been recognized, with their stories published in a book each year. Mr. Bammy Wong also says that ABNA is honoured to have former Senator Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy and former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba the Honourable Philip S. Lee as the Honorary Patrons of the Award.
Organizing Committee Co-Chair Alexandra Ngan says that 2017 is a special year as it marks the 150th Anniversary of Canada. This year's theme "Our Country, Our Legends" celebrates this historic year as we reflect upon our challenges and successes in the past as Chinese Canadians and renew ourselves for the future. “We hope that the legendary stories of our awardees will inspire all of us to manifest our unique Chinese culture in this multicultural country while integrating into mainstream and create more legends in Canada, our beloved country we proudly call home,” she said.
Mr. Stanley Kwan, head of the selection committee, which consists of 22 members, 18 of them past award recipients, says the six recipients are selected after a rigorous evaluation process. The Committee considered nominees' personal struggles to succeed despite adversary conditions, their fearless and courageous spirit, achievements, contributions, and their motivating impact on their friends and the community. The entire nomination and selection process is rigorous, fair and transparent.
Mr. Glenn Chan, Chair of Operation Committee, expresses gratitude to the Selection Committee, the media, all the volunteers and members of the community. Without their ongoing dedication and support, the Chinese Canadian Legend would not be such a successful event year-after-year.
Mr. Stephen Siu, Chair of the Editorial Committee, says, “The Chinese Canadian Legend award sets itself apart from other awards, in that a book is published every year about the recipients. This year, the Editorial Committee has invited outstanding writers in town, Ms. Clorie Ng and Ms. Annie Jin, to do the interviews and write the stories in Chinese. The English version is produced by Ms. Connie Woo.”
2017 Chinese Canadian Legend Awardees Profile
Mr. Arnold Chan
In the relative short time frame of two years since Arnold Chan won a by-election in 2014 to be Member of Parliament, he has been appointed Deputy House Leader of the Government, becoming the first Chinese Canadian to assume that position. He jumped into the political arena when he was only sixteen years old. From that point onward, he immersed himself in political and national affairs, fulfilling the duties of citizenship with a passion. After his successful re-election in October 2015, he has continued his parliamentary work while battling illness, setting a courageous example for all Chinese Canadians.
Mr. Shaun Chen
Passionately serving the community since high school, Shaun Chen cares deeply about social equity issues and aspires to create a more inclusive social environment by breaking down barriers. He has inherited the traditional Chinese values of diligence, resilience and humility from his family, and at the same time firmly supports Canada’s core values of equality and multiculturalism. He believes that education is key to ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities for success. From the role of a TDSB trustee to that of a federal MP, Shaun has carried the same passion to build understanding among ethnic groups with success: he protected ESL funding for immigrant children, enhanced TDSB’s transparency and accountability, and promoted awareness of the history about Nanking Massacre in schools as well as among the public.
Mr. Robert H. N. Ho
Born to a prominent family, Mr. Robert H. N. Ho didn't stop at building the family business empire. He also founded a charity : the "Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation" to promote Chinese culture and art as well as Buddhist philosophy around the world. The foundation also funded a number of medical initiatives. Since he moved to Canada, he has focused on philanthropic work. In 2013, he was awarded the highest honor in British Columbia: "The Order of British Columbia". His conviction is exactly the same as the mission of his foundation: to educate the whole person, to help others with love from the heart, and to bring about positive change to the world.
Ms. Shirley Hoy
She has served in the City of Toronto and the Ontario provincial government in different capacities for over 30 years, starting from the grassroots level up to the top bureaucrat position of the city. Shirley has sweat, blood and tears in public administration and public service development. A hero behind best government practices, she was appointed City Manager of Toronto in 2001. In 2004 she was elected one of "Canada’s top 100 outstanding women". She also extended her public service to higher education and community work. In 2016, she was appointed Chair of the Governance Council at the University of Toronto, and this year she serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the United Way of Greater Toronto and York Region. Shirley is truly a role model for all Chinese Canadians contemplating a public service career.
Master Chi Ping Lee
Singer, composer and teacher, Master Chi Ping Lee is the founder of Chinese Artists Society of Toronto, the largest association of Chinese artists in North America. It is a platform for Chinese artists to showcase their talent, exchange ideas, support and learn from each other. He is also the founder of Popular Music Club, inviting fellow teachers to teach singing there, breaking down barriers for colleagues to launch their teaching career and meet other music lovers. His open-minded optimism, integrity, and willingness to help others and serve the community, have inspired and won the love and respect of colleagues, students and the community. His unique teaching methods have attracted students from local and afar. Now approaching 80, Master Lee stays active in the music community, continuing to make great contributions through promoting Chinese culture, enriching life in Canada for all of us.
Mr. Benson Sy
Since establishing his own company and dedicating himself to serving the community, Benson Sy has not taken a break in over 20 years. Every year he organizes the Greenfield Golf Charity Tournament to promote kidney knowledge and raise funds for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He helped establish Chinese Renal Association to provide help and support for Chinese kidney patients. Benson also founded the ‘Kickstart to a New Career’ seminar series, to help Chinese Canadian youths and their families choose the right career, and integrate better into society. A firm believer in the concept of ‘paying it forward’, he does not care about fame or profit. Instead, he focuses steadfastly on contributing to the community as much as he can. With community service an integrated part of his life, Benson writes a legendary chapter in our history.
(2017年10月29日，多倫多訊) 由華商網絡協會(Asian Business Network Association)主辦的2017年「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚會，昨晚(10月29 日)在烈治文山市喜來登大酒店(Sheraton Parkway Hotel) 隆重舉行，四百多位各界人士出席盛會，一起見證本年度6位得獎人對社會的貢獻和他們的卓越成就。
晚宴開幕儀式由Band of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship York軍樂隊帶領。大會首先向較早前逝世的陳嘉諾先生頒發獎項，由遺孀葉嘉麗代為接受，一同紀念他作為加國公民的典範，亦帶出今年大會主題『情繫家國締傳奇』。隨著這感人時刻，一群躍鈴舞蹈藝術中心活潑可愛的小朋友在經典名曲 “This is My Canada” 的節拍下起舞，以震奮人心的舞蹈為大會揭開序幕。
大會更十分榮幸獲前安省省督David Onley夫人Ruth Ann Onley擔任特別表演嘉賓，演繹由她丈夫親自填詞、洋溢愛國情懷的名曲“We are the People of the Maple Leaf”。在她優美的歌聲引領下，本屆「紅楓傳奇」人物和嘉賓一起謝幕，與所有出席的嘉賓共慶『情繫家國締傳奇』。
出席盛會的政界人士包括利德蕙博士、緬尼托巴省前省督李紹麟、聯邦移民部長 Ahmed Hussen、國會議員Majid Jowhari、安省國際貿易部長陳國治、中國駐多倫多代總領事徐偉、香港經貿處處長陳納思，以及巿議員何胡景、廖立輝等四百多位嘉賓。
從當選參政至今不到兩年，陳家諾即由一位在補選中勝出的國會議員，晉身成為第一位獲委任為加拿大國會下議院執政黨副領導議員(Deputy House Leader)的華人。早在16歲時，他己加入政黨，從此全心關注國政民情、竭盡公民本份，直至當選後，全力任政議政，即使身患癌症，仍一邊與病魔博鬥，一邊繼續工作，燃盡每一分力，成為加國華裔的模範。
歌唱家李治平先生創辦北美最大華人藝術家專業機構 － 多倫多華人藝術家中心，為華人藝術家免費提供施展才華和交流學習的平臺；創辦歌藝會，摒棄門戶隔閡，邀請同行共同授業，以歌會友。他高風亮節，豁達樂觀，以幫助他人、服務社會為樂；教唱有方，桃李滿門，深受同行、學生和社會各界人士的尊重愛戴；年近八旬仍活躍於音樂和社區公益事業中，為弘揚中華文化、豐富加國生活，作出卓越貢獻。
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