Celebrating 40 Years Of Success Serving The Ottawa Community

The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre’s 40th Anniversary Fundraising Gala was held on Dec 2, 2015. A sold out gathering of 424 guests gathered at Sala San Marco Hall, including representatives from new immigration Minister John McCallum’s office, Environment Minister and Ottawa-Centre’s MP, Catherine McKenna, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, the Ottawa Police, as well as Mayor Jim Watson, Councilor Catherine McKenney, business leaders, Chinese community members, staff and volunteers – all to celebrate 40 years achievement by the OCCSC. The dinner tickets, silent auction and other fundraising activities raised $55,000.

His Excellency, David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada sent his congratulations, as did the new Federal Minister of Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration John McCallum; the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne; Michael Chan, the Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade; and our local MPP Yasir Naqvi. Past Ottawa-Centre MP Paul Dewar was recognized for his work supporting immigrant settlement agencies in Ottawa and was invited to speak. He praised the important role OCCSC played during the settlement of Vietnamese refugees during the Project 4000 period. He lauded the OCCSC for its excellent work helping to settle immigrants in Ottawa. Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and city Councilor Catherine McKenney awarded the OCCSC with a signed plaque commemorating the OCCSC’s 40th Anniversary and achievements.

Mayor Jim Watson who recently came back from his visit to Beijing spoke to the audience: “I was born in French Quebec, I am now the mayor of Ottawa, and tonight, I am celebrating the Chinese Community Service Centre’s 40th Anniversary in a Italian restaurant. This is multiculturalism, and this is Canada!” Talking about the trip he made a few years ago with our Executive Director Sharon Kan, he smiled: “Sharon seemed to know more people than the mayor of Beijing. She was busy making deals.”

CBC-TV’s Supper Hour News Anchor and “Our Ottawa” host Adrian Harewood and OCCSC staff member, Shaw Quan, hosted the event. Adrian mentioned that he was pleased to attend in place of his co-host Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, who graciously hosted during the last two Galas and who was unavailable this year due to illness. “I remember every time before Lucy left for OCCSC’s Gala, she was very excited about it and always enjoyed the great community spirit.”

The 40th Anniversary Video was shown to the audience at the Gala. The video was put together by Wilson Huyn, who is the son of one of the Vietnamese refugees we helped back in 1979. The OCCSC honoured and gave gifts of appreciation to past presidents Bill Joe, Shek-Ho Ching, Irene Zhou, and Jonas Ma for their dedicated contributions. Two veteran staff members were also honoured, Client Services Manager, Rupert Yeung, and senior settlement worker May Chan, received gifts of appreciation for their hard work over the past 35 years. New Life Member, Xianchun Liang received a thank you gift for her generous donation and participation.

The City of Ottawa, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, The Royal Thai Embassy, Jamaican High Commission in Canada, the National Gallery and the local sponsoring businesses provided items for our Silent Auction and purchased sponsor tables. After the dinner vouchers sold out, there were also partners hoping to sponsor; unfortunately, the limited venue could not accommodate more seats. A total of 424 guests bought the dinner voucher, and more than 100 people, including performers, volunteers and staff members actively perform, taking photos, supervising the stage, or selling the lucky draws in the crowd. OCCSC staff also dressed in various ethnic costumes and entertained guests. The Gala was a large-scale, vibrant event.

Wonderful performances were given by the Cadenza Quartet from Ottawa Youth Orchestra, Oriental Dance Troupe who gave a beautifully choreographed presentation; famed opera singer, Ms. Liu Minghui and new generation singer Sheng Qin and Eva Li presented beautiful songs, exotic and colorful Thailand Dance choreographed by their founding member Kai Whitcomb; Gypsy Jazz Guitarist Christian Flores from Santiago, Chile; and wonderful Bulgarian dance troupe “HopTrop “.

In 1975, Mr. Bill Joe and several Chinese partners started the OCCSC in a cramped office on Gilmour Street designed to help the Chinese immigrants in need of help. Forty years later the OCCSC has grown from a small office charity to a professional and comprehensive social service agency receiving funding from three levels of government. The origins of its staff and clients cover 105 countries. Dozens of employees and volunteers provide various services to more than 3,000 new immigrants each year, to help with their settlement, education, employment, and social integration in Ottawa.

Only in the past five years, OCCSC provided service for nearly 15,000 new immigrants. 1,136 community volunteers contributed 31,000 hours of volunteer services to help new immigrants settle in Ottawa, and to help Ottawa become a more diversified, multicultural, and inclusive city.

After paying the costs of the dinner events, all the money raised will be put into our community services. Executive Director Sharon Kan said: “We will continue to grow, to expand the scope of services, improve service quality, while not being entirely dependent on government funding. A lot of similar community-based organizations are doing such things, and run their own nursing home care, children centers, and counselling services. We are also exploring ways for such operations; as well as seeking donations and charging small service fees to clients (of non-funded programs) who can afford it, as well as putting resources into other service projects. All of this needs careful planning, the support and cooperation of many.”

This year’s event is bigger than previous years, thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Auction Sponsor:

  • Lionscape Paving Inc.

Media Partners:

  • CBC
  • CFC
  • CFC Weekly News

Lionscape Paving Inc and CFC’s bidding created $6,500 funds.

Corporate Tables:

  • Advanced Coatings Enterprises Inc.
  • Bill Joe
  • CFC News Weekly
  • ComeFromChina.com
  • inBay Technologies
  • Kivuto Solutions
  • Micro Metrics
  • Odette Rwigamba Law Office
  • Ottawa Chinese Bible Church
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • Patricia Parungao
  • Pharm Can Drug Mart
  • SATIKA International

Corporate and Individual Donors:

  • Asian-Way Enterprise Ltd.
  • Baldwin Audio Visual Rentals
  • Burgers n’ Fries Forever
  • Can Air World Travel Inc.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc.
  • Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada
  • Expedia CruiseShipCenters — Tao Shen
  • Farmer’s Pick
  • Girls Cosmetics and Nails
  • Globe Awards & Promotions
  • Gray Line Ottawa
  • Harmony Restaurant
  • Health Times
  • Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
  • Jamaican High Commission
  • Jim Watson, Ottawa Mayor
  • Karters’ Korner Splatterville Paintball
  • Lady Dive Tours
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ng’s Cuisine Restaurant
  • Oegema Nicholson & Associates Insurance Brokers
  • Onion Auto Service
  • Oriental Charm Houseware and Gifts
  • Otto‘s BMW & Otto’s Subaru
  • Reprodux
  • Royal Thai Embassy
  • Saunders Farm
  • Sea King Shark Fin Seafood
  • Stella Luna Gelato Café
  • T & T Supermarket Ottawa
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada
  • The Royal Oak -188 & 318 Bank Street
  • The WORKS – Gourmet Burger Bistro
  • Vorlage Ski
  • YangMing Asian Buffet
  • Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa-Centre
  • Y-NOT Gift Shop
  • Albert Tang
  • Anh Trieu Ma
  • Bill Joe
  • Chanmei Chin
  • Congxiang Lin
  • Denise Chong
  • Fan Ye
  • Fei Yan
  • Frank Ling
  • Fungyin Cheng
  • Heyi Huang
  • Huijuan Deng
  • Jonas Ma
  • Kuai Lew
  • Luise Czernenko Reid
  • Pink Kam Peck
  • Rev. Gerald Fuller
  • Rowen Lai
  • Shan Jiang Brown
  • Shuangai Situ
  • Tingjun Wen
  • Wen Juan Fang
  • Xiaoming Fang
  • Xiuwen Zhou
  • Yimei Bai
  • Yick Yu Lau

Thanks again to all the supporting and sponsoring companies, groups and individuals for purchasing Gala tickets and tables, donating money and gifts, and the staff and volunteers for making the Gala event such a success.
Note: Contributors listed as of November 23, 2015 and in alphabetical order. We regret that we cannot acknowledge those who contributed after that date.
Photos provided by volunteer photographers: Anthony Lau, Dingchang Xu, Robin Spencer – Spencer Studio, Yi Cui

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渥太華華人社區服務中心40周年籌款晚宴報導!

渥太華華人社區服務中心(OCCSC)成立四十周年籌款晚宴於12月2日晚隆重舉行。渥太華市長、市議員、多國使節、警察局代表、政商界人士和華人居民等五百位嘉賓、工作人員、義工們在渥太華Sala San Marco宴會廳歡聚一堂,共同慶祝OCCSC四十周年服務移民的業績,並通過該晚會的餐券, 企業贊助和拍賣等活動籌得5.5 萬元善款服務社區。

加拿大總督、新任聯邦公民移民難民部長 John McCallum、安省省長、安省公民移民及國貿部長均寄來賀信。新任中區聯邦議員Catherine McKenna 專門派來代表發言,渥太華中區前國會議員Paul Dewar也應邀講話。Paul Dewar高度讚揚我中心在安置越南難民時扮演的重要角色,也非常高興這十年來與我們的得利合作。市長與市議員Catherine McKenney向我中心贈與40 周年成就紀念證書。

不久前剛從北京訪問歸來的渥太華市長Jim Watson在慶祝晚宴上說:“我出生長大在魁北克法語區,擔任了渥太華的市長,今晚在義大利式宴會廳和來自不同文化背景的人一起慶祝華人社區服務中心成立40周年,這就是多元文化,這就是加拿大!”回憶起與我行政總監耿靜惠一起去北京的經歷,市長笑說:“Sharon 比北京市長好像認識更多的人,她一直不停地敲定合作意向!”

晚會由CBC電視臺渥太華主持人Adrian Harewood 和我中心工作人員管曉主持。Adrian特別提到他是代表CBC電視臺和Lucy van Oldenbarneveld女士,他的前主持搭檔。Lucy 曾一直是我中心募捐晚會的主持人,目前在勇敢地與疾病鬥爭。Adrian回憶說:“Lucy每次將去主持之前都特別的興奮!”

宴會放映了40周年紀念短片,該片的製片人是一名越南華僑的後代,他的父母就是曾被我中心幫助過的越南難民。大會還為服務多年的前理事會主席頒發傑出貢獻感謝獎, 獲獎的人包括 Bill Joe, Shek-Ho Ching, Irene Zhou 及Jonas Ma. 兩位工作超過35 年的元老也獲得感謝紀念獎,包括客戶部經理楊志光和資深安頓人員伍美玉。本中心並為新加入的永久會員梁憲春頒發歡迎感謝獎。

渥太華市政府、中華人民共和國駐加大使館、駐加拿大臺北經濟文化代表處、泰國駐加拿大皇家大使館、牙買加駐加拿大大使館、加拿大國家美術館 以及本地贊助商家都為本次宴會提供了傾力幫助和慈善義賣品。一直到晚宴餐券售罄後還不斷有合作夥伴主動聯繫希望提供贊助,遺憾的是活動場地有限,無法容納更多席位。共有424位嘉賓購買了晚宴餐券 ,晚會有近100位表演者、義工、工作人員活躍在人群裡為我們提供表演、專業攝影、舞臺監督、抽獎等活動。本中心員工身著各民族服裝招待賓客,整個會場氣氛宏大、生機勃勃。

前來助興的表演者有: 渥太華青年交響樂團、東方舞蹈團、渥京保加利亞社區HOPTROP 民族舞蹈團、著名的女高音歌唱家劉名惠,新生代歌手秦聲、李君以及 Christian Flores and Django Libre 爵士樂隊,和特地為本中心40年編舞的渥太華泰國舞蹈團。

1975年,周強安先生和幾位夥伴一起,在渥太華Glimour街437號的一間狹小辦公室裡成立了渥太華華人社區服務中心(OCCSC),專門幫助當時需要幫助的華人群體。

整整40年過去了,渥太華的華人社區越來越壯大,OCCSC也從一間小辦公室裡的慈善團體成長為了專業全面、與三級政府和社會各界均有緊密合作的新移民社會服務機構,其工作人員和服務物件的來源涵蓋105個國家。OCCSC數十名員工和數百名志願者每年可為三千多名新移民提供各類服務,幫助他們在渥太華定居、求學、求職、融入社會。僅在過去五年間,OCCSC就為近兩萬名新移民提供了服務,1136名義工為社區貢獻了31,000個小時的志願服務,幫助新移民在渥太華安家、幫助渥太華成為多元化、多族裔、包容並蓄的城市。

除了支付晚宴活動的成本費用以外,晚宴慈善義賣募集的款項和各界的贊助捐贈所有結餘都將投入社區服務中心的服務、回饋社區。本中心行政總監耿靜惠說:“我們要存在下去、要擴大服務範圍、提高服務品質,同時不完全依賴於政府資金;渥太華很多類似的社區組織都在做這樣的事,他們經營自己的養老院、托兒中心、心理諮詢中心。我們也在進行探索這樣的運作方式,募集捐款,讓能夠負擔得起的客戶支付一定的服務費用,再把資源投入其他服務。但這個事情需要長時間的計畫準備,也需要很多支援和合作。”

OCCSC再次感謝下列企業、商家及公司對本次活動的參與支持:

白金贊助商:

金級贊助商:

銀級贊助商:

拍賣贊助商:

  • Lionscape Paving Inc.

媒體夥伴:

  • CBC
  • CFC(加拿大中文網)
  • 新華僑報

Lionscape Paving Inc和CFC中文網協助線上拍賣車道鋪磚專案活動共籌獲善款 $6,500元。

公司/團體桌:

  • Advanced Coatings Enterprises Inc.
  • Bill Joe
  • CFC News Weekly (新華僑報)
  • ComeFromChina.com (CFC中文網)
  • inBay Technologies
  • Kivuto Solutions
  • Micro Metrics
  • Odette Rwigamba Law Office
  • Ottawa Chinese Bible Church (渥太華華人真道堂)
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • Patricia Parungao
  • Pharm Can Drug Mart (安信藥房)
  • SATIKA International

公司及個人捐贈:

  • Asian-Way Enterprise Ltd. (家寶電器)
  • Baldwin Audio Visual Rentals
  • Burgers n’ Fries Forever
  • Can Air World Travel Inc.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc.
  • Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada (中華人民共和國駐加拿大大使館)
  • Expedia Cruise Ship Centers- Tao Shen (沈濤)
  • Farmer’s Pick
  • Girls Cosmetics and Nails
  • Globe Awards & Promotions
  • Gray Line Ottawa
  • Harmony Restaurant (三合酒家)
  • Health Times (健康時報)
  • Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
  • Jamaican High Commission, Ottawa
  • Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
  • Karters’ Korner Splatterville Paintball
  • Lady Dive Tours
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ng’s Cuisine (景祥山莊)
  • Oegema Nicholson & Associates Insurance Brokers
  • Onion Auto Service (洋蔥車行)
  • Oriental Charm Houseware and Gifts (東方魅力)
  • Otto‘s BMW & Otto’s Subaru
  • Reprodux
  • Royal Thai Embassy
  • Saunders Farm
  • Sea King Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant (海皇酒家)
  • Stella Luna Gelato Café
  • T & T Supermarket Ottawa (渥太華大統華超市)
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada (駐加拿大臺北經濟文化代表處)
  • The Royal Oak—188 & 318 Bank Street
  • The WORKS—Gourmet Burger Bistro
  • Vorlage Ski
  • YangMing Asian Buffet (揚名樓)
  • Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre
  • Y-NOT Gift Shop
  • Albert Tang
  • Anh Trieu Ma
  • Bill Joe
  • Chanmei Chin
  • Congxiang Lin
  • Denise Chong
  • Fan Ye
  • Fei Yan
  • Frank Ling
  • Fungyin Cheng
  • Heyi Huang
  • Huijuan Deng
  • Jonas Ma
  • Kuai Lew
  • Luise Czernenko Reid
  • Pink Kam Peck
  • Rev. Gerald Fuller
  • Rowen Lai
  • Shan Jiang Brown
  • Shuangai Situ
  • Tingjun Wen
  • Wen Juan Fang
  • Xiaoming Fang
  • Xiuwen Zhou
  • Yimei Bai
  • Yick Yu Lau

再次感謝公司/團體購買餐卷,公司和個人捐贈現金和禮品,各位義工和員工讓整個活動圓滿成功.
本版照片由義務攝影師提供, 包括Anthony Lau, Dingchang Xu, Robin Spencer – Spencer Studio, Yi Cui
註: 2015年11月23日之前的捐獻者名單按字母順序排列;該日期之後的捐獻者姓名恕不列出。

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