(September 12, 2019, Toronto) The prestigious Chinese Canadian Legend (CCL) Award, organized by the Chinese Canadian Legends Association (CCLA) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients after a rigorous evaluation process. The six recipients, in alphabetical order, are: Rev. Dr. Sam Chan, Mr. Keith Kwan, Mr. Tim Kwan, Dr. Robert Lee, Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim, and Ms. Bing Wu. The Chinese Canadian Legend (CCL) Award also celebrates 20th Anniversary with its 2019 theme – “Into a New Era, On with the Legends”.
Since 2000, a total of 118 outstanding individuals have been awarded and 19 books were published to showcase their legendary stories. Mr. Bammy Wong, President of CCLA, says, “Ever since launching the Award, we have continued to explore and reflect on our future direction and vision. Thanks to the efforts of our team members, as well as the acknowledgment, participation and support from awardees and community over the years, the Award itself has become one of the most prestigious, influential and distinct awards.” He also stresses that the mission of CCLA is to promote and recognize the achievements and strengthen the contributions of Chinese Canadians. Furthermore, it aims to promote and facilitate intercultural understanding and mutual respect for diversified communities.
CCLA is honoured to have former Senator the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy as Honorary Chair of the Advisory Committee, former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba the Honourable Philip Lee as Honorary Advisor, Ms. Alexandra Ngan and Mr. Dennis Au-Yeung as Co-Chairs of Organizing Committee, Mr. Stanley Kwan as Chair of Selection Committee, Mr. Stephen Siu as Chair of Editorial Committee, Mr. Glenn Chan as Chair of Operation Committee, and Ms. Viola Poon as Secretary.
The life stories of this year’s recipients are all different but equally brilliant. Among them are entrepreneurs, philanthropists, a doctor and a pastor, who came with different background and life experiences, yet all demonstrating the determination to strive for self-improvement and contributing to the community, which embodies the spirit of CCL Award.
Mr. Stanley Kwan, chartered accountant and head of the selection committee, says, “Although we do the same thing every year, we will listen to the voices of the community and incorporate their ideas, so that we can be objective and fair and choose individuals that deserve to be our role models. Every year, we receive many nominations from the enthusiastic and supportive community. With 24 people on this year’s selection panel, 18 of them past recipients, and the remaining six from Chinese Canadian Legends Association, the panel went through lengthy discussions and a comprehensive review to select six deserving individuals.
Organizing Committee Co-Chair Alexandra Ngan says the 20th year of the Award marks a journey that seems so swift and yet so splendidly grown: “Over the years, the recipients are not only role models in the Chinese community, but have also impact on the mainstream society. As we revisit our initial passion and purpose of organizing the Award, we haven’t forgotten our goal of promoting the power of positive spirit to rise above challenge, overcome adversities and to care for others,” said Ms Ngan. “Looking into the future, we aim to move ‘Into a New Era, On with the Legends’, and with this as our theme this year, we invite you all to join us to celebrate this triumphant spirit and create more legends together.”
Organizing Committee Co-Chair Dennis Au-Yeung points out that the recipients’ outstanding contributions are not just worthy of praise: “They also promote the spirit of charity and help for others, and will have an impact on the next generation. It is our hope that through the annual award, the unique values and beliefs, the fighting spirit and ‘giving’ culture of Chinese Canadian immigrants will be passed onto the next generation growing up in the West,” he says.
Mr. Stephen Siu, Chair of the Editorial Committee, stresses the importance of the book: “The Award has made its mark in history by recording and publishing stories of distinguished Chinese Canadians. Their inspiring stories will become invaluable future reference for research on Chinese Canadian immigrants and motivation for future change in the community. We have a good editorial team this year with Annie Jin and Clorie Ng as Chinese writers and the English versions written by Connie Woo and Dan Woo. The stories are fascinating and highly readable.”
The book collections are kept in the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto, as well as the libraries at University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and McGill University. Since 2018, the collections have also joined the Hong Kong Central Library, the libraries of the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chu Hai College of Higher Education and Canadian International School of Hong Kong.
The inspirational stories of the six award recipients will be published in the 20th edition of the book, and will be distributed to guests at the 2019 Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala, which will be held on November 16th at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Markham. Ticket prices for the Chinese Canadian Legend Gala are: individual $200, corporate table: $2500. For inquiries, please call Ms. Camilla Tong at 416 292 6374 or visit www.cclegends.ca

2019 Chinese Canadian Legend Awardees Profile

Rev. Dr. Sam Chan

Since founding the Richmond Hill Christian Community Church (RHCCC) in Toronto more than 30 years ago, Pastor Sam Chan has led the church to develop into a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-generational congregation. His belief in a “purpose-driven life” has effected many life changes to people inside and outside of RHCCC. The church also serves other ethnic communities besides the Chinese community through programs such as helping the poor locally, caring for the sick, and educating the next generation. Today, RHCCC has become the largest Chinese church in North America and is one of the landmarks and shining lights in the City of Richmond Hill.

Mr. Keith Kwan

With an early start as a volunteer for charities since childhood, Keith Kwan has gathered lots of community experience and leadership skills which came to fruition in 2005 when he formed a volunteer group to assist non-profit organizations in the Chinese community. While contributing greatly to the community, the group has also helped many students acquire work experience and leadership skills outside their classrooms. In 2018, Keith and his friends named their group “YOUnity In Success”. Under his guidance, many young people are able to realize their potentials and become the next generation of leaders. Keith is also invited by many institutions to share his experiences and advice in planning youth volunteer programs.

Mr. Tim Kwan

For the past 25 years, Mr. Tim Kwan has taken it as his responsibility to build senior care facilities and nursing homes to serve the elderly in the Chinese Canadian community. Since joining Mon Sheong Foundation in 1994, he has been on the Expansion and Building committees, Board of Directors, and President and Chairman of the Foundation. He is a main driving force behind two new long-term care facilities projects and independent senior living residences, and also a big promoter of private care services in recent years. A former engineer and developer, and now Chair of Mon Sheong Foundation, his expertise and experience help ensure that Chinese elders enjoy the best housing and nursing care.

Dr. Robert Lee

A visionary and a philanthropist, Robert Lee has committed much of his time, expertise and resources to building a better future for British Columbians and Canadians. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1956, he has been dedicated to giving back to his alma mater. Over the years, he has touched the lives of many and set the bar for community involvement through tireless commitment to different groups, His contributions have been recognized on many occasions from a variety of organizations with numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in 1999 and the Order of British Columbia in 1990. In 1996, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by UBC.

Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim

A heart surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim is known as the “Contemporary Norman Bethune” for his charitable work to help patients in the remote areas of China. Besides visiting these areas to offer free clinics and treatment, he also imparted his medical knowledge to local doctors. He also became a member and later on Vice-president of Toronto’s Bethune Medical Development Association of Canada (BMDAC), which aims to promote the dedication and professionalism of Dr. Bethune, organizing specialists to visit China for exchanges and medical support. His selfless dedication has inspired many of his Canadian colleagues and counterparts in China to join the “Dr. Bethune Movement”.

Ms. Bing Wu

A self-made entrepreneur who founded her own software company, Bing Wu has fully applied her experience in managing modern enterprises to the management of her charitable work. Through her community involvement, she helped Canadian Chinese develop businesses opportunities and seek government assistance. She also extended her volunteer work to help fundraising activities of Orbis Flying Eye Hospital. Since 2006, Bing started making donations to Fuhui Education Foundation to help children and youths in poor areas of China receive education through scholarships. After retiring from work in 2011, she got involved with writing letters to the Fuhui funded students in Sichuan and led a Letter Writing Group to touch the hearts of these children.

(2019年9月12日,多倫多訊) 由「红楓傳奇協會」主辦,備受華人社區重視的「紅楓傳奇」人物選舉,經過嚴格評選後,2019得奬名單正式揭曉,今年正值獎項20週年,並以「红楓精神永延續、跨越廿載締傳奇」作主題,選出6位對加拿大社會有卓越貢獻的人物。獲奬者名單如下(依英文姓氏排列):陳琛儀牧師、關志恒先生、關永添先生、李亮漢博士、岑穎幹醫生、武冰女士(簡介見附錄)。
自2000年至今,「紅楓傳奇」共選出118位得獎者,並出版了19輯專書。「红楓傳奇協會」會長王昆明表示 :「自最初舉辦紅楓傳奇,我們一直摸索和思考發展方向;憑著團隊的努力,得獎人的認同、參與,及社區人士支持,發展至今天成為獨樹一幟、極受尊重和具影響力的奬項,令我們深感鼓舞。協會的宗旨是對加國華人的成就和貢獻予以表揚及提升;促進多元文化及社區之間的瞭解、尊重和共融。」
「紅楓傳奇」籌委會共同主席顏惠霞律師表示:「轉眼間紅楓傳奇已踏入20周年。多年來的獲奬者不單是華人社區的榜樣,對主流社會一樣有影響力。回顧過去,我們不忘初心,激勵大家一起發揮紅楓傳奇人物那積極面對人生、逆境自強、愛心助人的精神。展望未來,我們的理想是「红楓精神永延續、 跨越廿載締傳奇」。希望大家群策群力,使红楓精神永遠延續下去,締造更多更精彩的人生傳奇。」
《紅楓傳奇》專輯現已分別收藏於多倫多大學、渥太華大學、卑詩大學、西門菲莎大學、維多利亞大學、麥基爾大學,以及香港的浸會大學、香港大學、 珠海學院、中文大學、科技大學、理工大學的圖書館。此外,香港中央圖書館、加拿大國際學校,亦有收藏《紅楓傳奇》。
今屆「紅楓傳奇」6位得獎人的勵志故事,即將出版成第20輯專書,並於2019「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚宴上派送各來賓。「紅楓傳奇」頒獎晚宴將於11月16日假烈治文山喜來登酒店舉行。晚宴票價:個人$200,公司每桌$2,500。查詢請電:何湯淑芬(Camilla Tong) 416-292-6374,或瀏覽網址﹕www.cclegends.ca





從年少時即加入社區志願服務,參與過無數慈善機構,獲得的榮譽也耀眼奪目。關志恒從大學到名企穩步上升的職業道路儘管令人稱羨,但最讓他引以為豪的是對社區服務的貢獻,尤其是對年輕人的影響和激勵。2005年,他自組一個義工團體,專注於協助華人社區慈善機構,讓許多年輕人發揮潛能,為社區作出貢獻。2018年,又創立了非營利團體YOUnity In Success(“連接你我共同成功”),也在其他大型慈善組織兼任顧問,分享其兼具對東西文化的深厚理解。