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Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala 2014

Over 400 guests attended the 2014 Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala, organized by the Asian Business Network Association (ABNA). The event took place tonight (November 8th, 2014) at the Sheraton Parkway hotel, where six recipients of the 2014 Chinese Canadian Legend Award (listed in alphabetical order) were presented with awards:  


覃潤瓊女士(Ms. Grace Chum)

黃思聰醫生 (Dr. Stephen Hwang)

黎全恩博士 (Dr. David Lai)

林重慶博士 (Dr. Victor Ling)

吳慶華先生 (Mr. Royson Ng)

源植勉警司(Mr. Peter Yuen)


Chinese Canadian Legend recognizes and honours Chinese Canadians who have made significant contributions to the community and Canada through outstanding achievements in their field.  


Mr. Bammy Wong, President of the ABNA, says that this year is the 15th anniversary of Chinese Canadian Legend Award, and 95 recipients have been recognized, with their stories published in a book.  A set of these books are now kept in the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto, the University Of Ottawa Library, and Winnipeg Public Library respectively.


Mr. Bammy Wong also says that ABNA is honoured to have former Senator Dr. Vivienne Poy and Ms. Gloria Lo, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada) as the Honorary Patrons of the 2014 Award Gala.  Dr. Ying Lu and Mr. Stephen Siu were the Masters of Ceremony, while Ms. Alexandra Ngan, Mr. Dennis Au-Yeung were Co-Chairs; and Dr. Joseph Ng was Honorary Chair for the event.


Chinese Canadian Legend Organizing Committee Co-chair Ms. Alexandra Ngan highlights this year's theme “Phoenix Reborn, the Legacy Goes On”, which marks the 15th Anniversary of the Chinese Canadian Legend. “It's a time to reflect on the past, to renew and rejuvenate for the future,” she said. “Like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, Chinese Canadian legends emerge from adversities with renewed strength and visions to create more inspiring life stories.”

                              

Honorary Chair for the event, Dr. Joseph Ng, says, "This year's awardees were all selected with great care by the committee, and each of them shares a moving legend and inspiring experience. I am honoured and thankful to be part of such an uplifting event organised by ABNA."


Mr. Stanley Kwan, head of the selection committee which consists of 22 community leaders, 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.


Co-chair Mr. Dennis Au-Yeung said, “On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to express our gratitude to the Selection Committee, the media, all the volunteers and each and everyone of you. Without your ongoing dedication and support, the Chinese Canadian Legend would not be successful event year-after-year.”

Recipients receive accolades with the presentation of an award at the Award Gala and their inspiring stories are published in a book - Chinese Canadian Legend. Mr. Stephen Siu, Chair of the Editorial Committee, says, “The Chinese Canadian Legend awards sets itself apart from other awards, in that a book about the recipients is published every year. This year, the Editorial Committee has invited one of the best writers in town, Miss Clorie Ng, to do the interviews and write the stories in Chinese. The English version was produced by Ms Connie Woo.”


Luminaries attending the Gala included former Senator Dr. Vivienne Poy, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba His Honor Philip Lee and Her Honor Anita Lee, MP Mr. John MacCallum, Mr. Michael Chan, the Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Mr. Fang Li, Consul-General of China in Toronto, Ms. Gloria Lo, the Director of Hong Kong Trade and Economic Office, Mayor of Markham Mr. Frank Scarpitti, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, regional representatives and city councillors and over 400 distinguished guests.


The Gala opened with a celebration of this year's theme featuring uplifting dance performances by more than 30 lively young dancers from Georgia's Dance & Arts Cultural Centre. Gracing the evening with beautiful melodies was three-time Juno Award winner – native singer Susan Aglukark. Her heartwarming song “O Siem” concluded the enjoyable evening with a resounding note of wonder.


2014年「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚宴新聞稿


     6位得獎人,依ll 英文姓氏字母順序為:覃潤瓊女士(Ms. Grace Chum)、黃思聰醫生 (Dr. Stephen Hwang)、黎全恩博士 (Dr. David Lai)、林重慶博士 (Dr. Victor Ling)、吳慶華先生 (Mr. Royson Ng) 、及源植勉警司(Mr. Peter Yuen)(參看附件簡介)。


華商網絡協會會長王昆明首先感謝各l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」今年適逄15週年,共慶自2000年開始,共編寫了95個成功的勵志傳奇故事,出版了15輯專書,多倫多大學圖書館「利銘澤典宬」、渥太華大學(University of Ottawa)圖書館及溫尼泊公共圖書館各收藏了一套。紅楓傳奇人物獎多年來受

到各界人士支持、鼓勵及讚賞,成為加國華人社區一項備受尊崇的獎項,深感榮幸。

              王昆明表示:「華商網絡協會很榮幸得到前參議員利德蕙博士和香港駐加拿大經貿辦事處處長盧潔瑋擔任「紅楓傳奇」獎項的榮譽贊助人。今年籌委會仍由顏惠霞律師和歐陽健昌先生擔任共同主席;吳祖博士擔任頒獎晚宴榮譽主席;盧英醫生和蕭顯揚先生擔任大會司儀。」

              「紅楓傳奇」籌委ll會共同主席顏惠霞律師表示:「今年『紅楓傳奇』的主題是『鳳凰展翅締傳奇』,象徵『紅楓傳奇』得獎者抱持自強不息的精神,猶如鳳凰浴火重生、跨越險阻、展翅高飛。今年正值『紅楓傳奇』15週年,讓我們一起回顧過往、展望未來,繼續邁步向前。我們希望『紅楓傳奇』是得獎者的一個新起點,而不是一個成功故事的終結,大家繼續一起締造更多、更美好ll 、更精彩的人生傳奇。」


頒獎晚宴榮譽主席吳祖博士表示:「今年的得獎者,每位都是經過大會精心選擇,每位都有動人的傳奇人生,和鼓舞我們的經歷。我也非常感謝華商網絡能做出如ll 此鼓舞人生的盛會。」


甄選團主席特許會計師關保衛表示:「紅楓傳奇』人物選拔是不論財富、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、社區卓有貢獻,並對社群有積極影響和激勵作用。今年進入第15屆,甄選團由主席連同22多位知名人士,其中18位為「紅楓傳奇」人物得獎者,經過嚴格的評審,選出上述6位得主。                              

     

另一位籌委會共同主席歐陽健昌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,「紅楓傳奇」今年選出的6位得獎人都是傑出實至名歸的加藉華人,他期望以他們成功的事蹟,作為社區的表率。其實在加拿大的華人社區中,符合這種要求的人不少,只是有待發掘。

「紅楓傳奇」希望華社各界找出這些楷模,作為大家學習的典範。


《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。編委會今年深慶得人,邀請到傳播界健筆吳翠儀撰寫

《紅楓傳奇》人物專訪,英文部分仍由鍾蕙蘭執筆,文章雋永,資料豐富,可讀性高。」剛剛出版的專書亦在昨晚的頒獎晚宴上派送ll 各位來賓。


          應邀出席盛會的政界人士包括前參議員利德蕙博士、前總理馬田、緬省省督李紹麟及夫人、

中國駐多倫多總領事房利、國會議員麥家廉、安省公民、移民及國際貿易廳長的陳國治、

香港駐加拿大經貿辦事處處長盧潔瑋、萬錦市市長薜家平、多倫多警察總長 Bill Blair 及多位省、巿議員等400多位嘉賓出席。

           晚宴由躍鈴舞蹈藝術中心30多位活潑可愛的小朋友,以活力澎湃的舞蹈為大會主題『鳳凰展翅締傳奇』揭開序幕,並由三屆Juno Award 得主原住民歌手 Susan Aglukark 高歌多首名曲,最ll 後以一首“O Siem”帶領今屆紅楓傳奇人物及嘉賓謝幕,鼓勵所有出席現場的嘉賓一起

『鳳凰展翅締傳奇』。

     

2014「紅楓傳奇」獲獎者簡介 (按姓氏排序)


覃潤瓊女士 (Ms. Grace Chum)

73歲的覃潤瓊, 依然身兼多重ll 身份與職務, 每年更往返加拿大和中國不下20次, 為的不單是她經營的眾多投資與發展業務,而是為加中各個層面的互通合作穿針引線;從高官互訪、移民、教肓、高端科技、礦產能源到深海資源開發等領域,充當中加交流ll 的使者,同時她亦ll 參與眾多公益慈善事業。在移民加國近30年的日子中,她的因緣際會可說相當奇妙,而與此相輔相成的是她那力學不倦、不斷延伸自我的精神。


黃思聰醫生 (Dr. Stephen Hwang)

黃思聰既是一位醫生﹑一位學者,也是一位「前線工作者」;二十多年來透過醫治病人、從事硏究以及教學,致力改善露宿者的健康狀況,更為他們爭取獲得安置的機會。他付出的努力、心血,和取得的成果,喚起了社會對這些邊緣社群的關注、促使政府正視這社會問題,並尋求解決的方案與政策。在許多無家可歸的人眼中,他更像一位關顧他們身、心、靈,為他們ull _排難解困的仁者。


黎全恩博士 (Dr. David Lai)

被譽為「加拿大唐人街之父」的著名學者黎全恩教授,在全加僑界幾乎無人不識;他對於加國華僑在歷史上走過的每一段路,都瞭如指掌,好比一本會走路的歷史書。過去40多年來,他在維多利亞大學任教至如今成為榮休教授,一直皓首窮經獻身研究華僑史,並將重要史料加以保存。過去幾年,即使罹患肝癌要作療養,依然把握時間與精力繼續完成有關著作,其貢獻又豈止於他曾獲的眾多獎項及1983年被授予加國最高榮譽的員佐勛銜?


林重慶博士 (Dr. Victor Ling)

全球知名的癌症專家林重慶博士,於1976年對癌症抗藥性作出了突破性發現,然而這只是一個開始;往後的30多年,他憑著鍥而不捨的精神、力求進步的態度,致力把癌症研究工作向多方面推展,並成為「泰瑞法克斯基金會全國研究中心」的創辦人及科學部門主任,並於2009年獲頒授加拿大勛章。在他眼中,科學硏究的領域每天都可能有新的突破、新的發現,然而,要讓突破繼續發展、發揚光大,以致改變世界,往往是更大的挑戰。


吳慶華先生 (Mr. Royson Ng)

吳慶華的故事,可說是移民創業的典範。他從20多年前來到舉目無親的多倫多,由一個油站工人做起,白手興家,至今成為一間上市企業的總裁,並熱心參與公益。而且,他沒有忘記新移民面對的徬徨與困境,希望可以幫他們一把,是以他的企業僱員都以移民為主;過去幾年,他活躍於各大移民論壇,分享他成功創業之道。在人生路上,他一直抱持的開放心靈、靈活思維、與積極態度,組成一幅圓滿人生的圖畫。


源植勉警司(Mr. Peter Yuen)

源植勉今年踏上了人生另一個高峰,自1月起從總督察擢升為警司,成為多倫多警隊最高官階的華裔。憑他在警隊默默苦幹20多年取得的輝煌功績,已足證「行行出狀元」。然而,若有機會細聽他回憶從小移民加國的成長路、目睹他每一天如何為當前的職責全力以赴,以及為培育未來一代付出心血與時間, 你會樂於深思他分享的座右銘 :「要為成功找方法ll ,別為失敗找理由。」

由華商網絡協會(Asian Business Network Association)主辦的2014年「紅楓傳奇」(Chinese Canadian Legend 2014)頒獎晚會,昨晚(11月8日)在烈治文山市ll 的喜萊登大酒店(Sheraton ParkwayHotel)隆重舉行,出席盛會四百多位各界人士,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。


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