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2017年「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚宴 --『情繫家國締傳奇』英文版

Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala Celebrates “Our Country Our Legends” (English)

2017年「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚宴 --『情繫家國締傳奇』中文版

Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala Celebrates “Our Country Our Legends” (Chinese)

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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「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚宴 --『情繫家國締傳奇』

(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。

6位得獎人,依英文姓氏字母順序為:陳嘉諾先生、陳聖源先生、何鴻毅先生、許湯娛英女士、李治平先生、施永輝先生(請參看下頁獲獎者簡介)。

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。

華商網絡協會會長王昆明感謝各位貴賓出席這項晚宴,使這項一年一度表揚傑出華裔加拿大人的盛會備增榮寵。王昆明表示:「紅楓傳奇」今年踏入第18個年頭,對社區給予的重視和評價,深感欣慰。他說:「很多加國華裔都以獲得這奬項為榮,認為是對自己所作貢獻的認同。在籌委會的同心協力下,這奬項已成為在社區中的其中一項認受性最高的榮譽。」此外,他感謝前參議員利德蕙博士及緬尼托巴省前省督李紹麟的支持,多年來擔任「紅楓傳奇」獎項的榮譽贊助人。

「紅楓傳奇」籌委會共同主席顏惠霞律師表示:「今年是加拿大150 周年國慶,所以採用『情繫家國締傳奇』為主題,一起歡慶與回顧加國華人過去取得的成就,以及表揚那跨越挑戰、再接再勵、迎難而上的精神。希望得獎人的卓越貢獻和傳奇故事,能激勵大家以不屈不撓的『紅楓』精神,在這個我們選擇作為家的多元文化國家,於融入主流之同時,亦發揚我們獨特的中華文化,一起締造更多更精彩的家國傳奇。」

甄選團主席特許會計師關保衛表示:「『紅楓傳奇』人物選舉不設任何界限, 亦不論財富、名望、成就、性別、年齡、或學歷﹔由甄選團嚴謹評選。甄選準則著重個人於逆境中奮發向上,啟發世道人心,對國家、社會、社區有卓越的貢獻,並對社群有積極影響和激勵作用。」今年甄選團由主席連同22位成員組成,其中18位為『紅楓傳奇』前得獎者。

「紅楓傳奇」執行委員會主席陳偉才感謝全體義工及各界熱心人士給予「紅楓傳奇」的支持和鼓勵,今年得獎者之中,既有曾獲眾多榮譽與獎項的人物,也有從來未獲表揚或廣為人認識的傑出華裔,這充分表現出『紅楓傳奇』的包容性。我們期望以他們的成功事蹟,作為社區的表率。

《紅楓傳奇》編輯委員會主席蕭顯揚指出:「紅楓傳奇」比其它同類獎項優勝之處,在於它每屆均會出版《紅楓傳奇》人物傳記。他說:「《紅楓傳奇》人物專輯不單是一套適宜收藏的傳記文學作品,而且更是加國華裔近代史的一部份。」由2000年至今,已編寫了106個勵志傳奇故事,出版了17輯專書。今年的編委會獲傳播界健筆吳翠儀及金綺文撰寫《紅楓傳奇》人物專訪,英文部分由鍾蕙蘭執筆,文章雋永,可讀性高。

2017「紅楓傳奇」獲獎者簡介

陳家諾先生

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。

陳聖源先生

陳聖源自少年時就關注社會平等問題,熱衷於服務社區,立志消除族裔及社會隔閡,打造更多元化及包容的環境。他從家族裡繼承了中國文化中的勤奮、堅韌和謙遜傳統,亦堅持加拿大的平等與共融價值觀。他深信教育是保證每個人都有平等機會獲得成功的關鍵。從多倫多公校教育局委員到聯邦國會議員的不同崗位,他為新移民孩子捍衛ESL經費、提高教育局管理的透明度和公信力、力促讓學生及公眾知曉關於南京大屠殺的歷史,以此促進各族裔之間的相互理解和包容。

何鴻毅先生

生於顯赫家族的何鴻毅先生,沒有止於為家族生意再建功勳,創辦了慈善機構「何鴻毅家族基金」,致力在世界各地推廣中華文化、藝術和佛教哲理,亦資助多項醫療服務。自移居加國以後,更專注於慈善事業。2013年獲頒卑詩省最高榮譽「卑詩勳章」。他的信念與其基金的宗旨如出一轍: 以全人教育提升自我,以關愛之心助人,為世界帶來積極正面的影響。

許湯娛英女士

曾在多倫多市府和安省政府不同範疇任職共30多年,從基層到最高管理職位,包括於2001年獲任命為多倫多市府經理,為市務發展和政府運作付出極大心血,是公共行政界的幕後英雄。2004年,許湯娛英女士當選「加國100名出色女強人」,亦把服務社會的精神延伸至教育和公益層面,於2016年出任多倫多大學管理委員會主席,今年又成為大多市公益金董事局主席,是加國華人投身公職的典範。

李治平先生

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。

施永輝先生

施永輝先生自公司成立即投入公益事業,26年從未間斷。每年舉辦Greenfield高爾夫慈善賽,為宣傳腎病知識及為腎臟基金等慈善機構籌款盡心盡力;成立安省華人腎臟互助協會,為華人病患者提供支持和幫助;組織「行行出狀元」公益講座,幫助華裔家庭轉變擇業觀念,更好融入加國社會。他秉持「取諸社會、用諸社會」的理念,回饋社會,不計較名利得失,心無旁騖始終如一,將公益事業融入自己生活,為建設美好家國寫下傳奇篇章。


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