A Big Success – The OCCSC 2016 Fundraising Gala


The OCCSC 2016 Annual Fundraising Gala was successfully held on Dec 1st, 2016. This year’s focus was raising funds not only for immigrants but also for refugees, to help integrate them in their new city, Ottawa. The high point of the evening was the host, CBC reporter Judy Trinh, whose family, as former refugees from Vietnam, received help from agencies like OCCSC told the story of her family and encouraged the general public to donate to the cause. The Syrian refugees who received help from our agency also voiced their gratitude on this special occasion. The evening’s fundraising activities raised $48,200.
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Here are the highlights

More than 300 hundred people gathered at the Oriental Chu Shing Restaurant, including MP Chandra Arya, Ottawa Deputy Mayor Bob Monette, City Counselors Diane Deans, Rick Chiarelli, and Riley Brockington, representatives from the Ottawa Police Services, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, The Libyan Embassy, President of the Muslim Association, CICCD President, Kevin Smiley of Surai Tea, Dr. Elwafi and Dr. Anwer political and business leaders, political and business leaders and Chinese community members, staff and volunteers. MP Chandra Arya read Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s message. The minister of IRCC, John McCallum, provided a video greeting, while Ottawa Deputy Mayor Bob Monette personally delivered his speech. The Deputy Mayor highly praised the important role OCCSC had played during the settlement of Syrian refugees in Ottawa.

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MP Chandra Arya presented Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s message
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Our VIP table

The audience was captivated by the breathtaking story of Gala host Judy Trinh. Judy once was a refugee escaping from Vietnam with her family on a boat. She was 4. One night, together with her family and other refugees, she jumped into the cold sea water and swam to shore. After landing in Canada, assisted by a settlement agency like us, the family settled which then set up the opportunity for more members of the family to arrive through immigration. Today, the extended families, who are contributing to Canada through various careers, have privately sponsored Syrian refugees.

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Gala host Judy Trinh
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MP Chandra Arya greets Syrian Canadian

Talking about the motivation for starting our Syrian Refugee program, OCCSC Executive Director Sharon Kan said “in the beginning of their journey, that immigrants and international students including her at one time received great assistance from settlement agencies.” The help from Canadians of different ethnic backgrounds deeply touched her. Therefore, OCCSC has been committed to changing the lives of the refugees.

The volunteers of OCCSC’s Happy Kitchen program produced hand-made flowers which were displayed on the tables. These volunteers, together with Syrian refugees, also baked more than 2000 cookies and packed them into gift packs for the guests to take home.

One of the sponsors, Scotia Bank, donated a table dedicated to OCCSC’s clients and volunteers. These clients expressed their deep gratitude with a small speech for OCCSC’s generous support.

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2000 cookies and packed & hand-made flowers by volunteers for each guest
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Diamond Sponsor, Otto’s BMW & Subaru

The silent auction gifts were generously provided by the City of Ottawa, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, VIA Rail Canada, 3M Canada, local museums, recreation centers and sponsoring businesses.

305 guests bought Gala tickets, and more than 60 people, including performers, volunteers and staff members, actively performed, took photos, supervised the stage, or sold lucky draw tickets to the crowd.

One of the fundraising activities was an online auction, media sponsored and operated by ComeFromChina.com that ran between November 11th and 18th. Thanks to our auction gift sponsors, including the $10,000 interlock driveway paving project donated by Lionscape Paving Inc., the $1,000 winter tire service donated by Onion Auto Service, the $1,000 travel certificate donated by VIA Rail Canada and the $1299+ tax range hood donated by Heartwood Kitchens and Baths. The results were announced at the Gala and the funds raised through these gifts reached $8,450.

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Winner of VIA Rail Canada $1,000 gift certificate
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Silent Auction items

The performances were: Love Song “When I hug You” performed by the Syrian refugees Ismail Elnamis (keyboard) and Mohammad Nasser (vocals), Chinese folk dance Red Lantern performed by the Jinyu Dance Group, “On Wings of Song” performed by our LINC coordinators, Wenli Zhu and Amy Yi, and last but not least, the dance “Show me Your Jalwa-Sheila Ki Jiwani” performed by the Bollywood For Fun dance group.

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Jinyu Dance Group
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Bollywood for Fun dance group.

33 lucky draw gifts including the top prize “The Mysterious Gift Basket” (3M Canada gift basket worth $250), OCCSC gift baskets, which included brand-name wallets, chocolate and fine wine, other prizes included many wine-and-chocolate gift sets as well as restaurant gift certificates. Onion Auto Service provided each table with a mystery gift: Tire Alignment Service worth $100. The lucky draws and the surprises brought the Gala great excitement.

After paying the cost of the dinner event, the funds raised during the Gala will be directed towards the programs helping all new immigrants and also supporting the Services for Syrian Refugees Program.

Thanks again to all the sponsoring companies, groups, individuals, all those for purchasing Gala tickets and tables, donating money and gifts, staff and volunteers for making the Gala event such a success. OCCSC would like to thank the following sponsors and donors (listed in alphabetical order.)

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OCCSC’s clients and volunteers at the Scotia Bank’s table
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Lucky Draw Winner received 3M gift basket

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OCCSC Staff at the gala

Diamond Sponsor:

Otto’s BMW & Otto’s Subaru
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Gold Sponsors:

Bank of Montreal Henry Global Group Pharm Can Drug Mart Phoenix Homes Urbandale Construction
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Silver Sponsors:

Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery – Gable Fung CIBC Onion Auto Service Royal Bank of Canada
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Scotiabank Sun Life Financial – Connie Tang TD Bank Group Tri Optical
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Auction Sponsor:

Heartwood Kitchens & Baths Lionscape Paving Inc. Onion Auto Service VIA Rail Canada
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Media Partners:

CBC News ComeFromChina.com CFC News Weekly OTTAWAZINE
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Corporate Tables:

•Bank of Montreal
•CLASP Corporation
•ComeFromChina.com
•Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
•Kivuto Solutions
•Ottawa Police Service
•Pharm Can Drug Mart

Corporate and Individual Donor’s lists:

•3M Canada
•Barbara Xiao
•Bob Monette, Deputy Mayor, City of Ottawa
•Bridgehead
•Calypso Water Park
•Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
•Chang Wang and So-King C Wang
•Cosmic Adventures Inc
•Councilor Michael Qaqish, Ward 22 Gloucester-South Nepean
•Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada
•Escape Manor
•Farmer’s Pick
•Friend of OCCSC
•Gray Line Ottawa
•Hak Ming Yuen
•Herbert Seymour Kassman
•Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
•Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
•Karters’ Korner
•Lady Dive Tours (Amphibus)
•Lau, Yik Yu
•Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
•Lo, Yun-Ying
•Manon Desrochers
•Margaret Strysio
•Midway Family Fun Park
•Mimi Siu
•Mount Pakenham
•National Gallery of Canada
•National Gallery of Canada Membership division
•Ng’s Cuisine
•Oegema, Nicholson & Associates Insurance Brokers
•Onion Auto Service
•Otto‘s BMW & Subaru
•Patrick Huang & Qing Wang
•Peter Underhill, CEO of the Royal Canadian Legion
•Pink Kam Peck
•Pure Yoga Ottawa
•Robbie’s Restaurant Italian Restaurant (St Laurent Blvd)
•Rockport Boat Line
•Rudi Aksim
•Sally Qing Zhang
•Saunders Farm
•Sea King Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant
•Stella Luna Gelato Café
•T & T Supermarket Ottawa
•Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Canada
•Tao Shen
•The Haunted Walks
•The Ottawa Muslim Association
•The Ottawa Senators Foundation
•VIA Rail Canada Inc.
•Vivian Chan
•Vorlage Ski
•YangMing Asian Buffet”
•Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre
•Yi Mei Bai
•Yinping Wang and Pan Yang
•Zhou, Bi Yu

渥太华华人社区服务中心(OCCSC)第七届筹款晚宴, 于今年12月1日晚间在东方明珠大饭店重举行,今年筹款晚宴的主题是服务移民同时关怀难民。晚宴的点睛之笔是由难民出身、曾受到中心服务的华裔CBC记者Judy Trinh担当主持人,以亲身故事鼓励大家参与捐助中心关于移民难民的安顿。受到中心帮助的叙利亚难民的代表也在会上表达了对此发自肺腑的感谢。通过商家赞助、餐券、在线拍卖、无声拍卖等活动,本届筹款晚宴共筹得善款逾4.82万元, 用来协助本中心服务新移民及叙利亚难民的各种项目。
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Here are the highlights

国会议员Chandra Arya, 渥太华副市长Bob Monette、三位市议员包括Diane Deans, Rick Chiarelli, Riley Brocking-ton, 警察局代表、中华人民共和国驻加拿大大使馆、驻加拿大台北经济文化代表处、政商界人士和华人居民等三百位嘉宾、工作人员、义工欢聚一堂。由国会议员Chandra Arya代表宣读加国总理Justin Trudeau提供的贺信, 加拿大联邦公民移民难民部长 John McCallum亦提供影像贺词。副市长Bob Monette也上台致词, 其间高度赞扬我中心在安置叙利亚难民中扮演的重要角色。

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MP Chandra Arya presented Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s message
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Our VIP table

由CBC电视台新闻记者Judy Trinh在向大家讲述70年代全家逃难加拿大的故事时,全场屏住呼吸,被难民的痛苦经历深深触动。Judy Trinh四岁时,和家人及全船越南难民夜里破釜沉舟,跳进冰冷的海水,游向海岸;来到加拿大后,受到政府和我们这样机构的帮助,安顿下来,并协助几十名亲友随后移民加拿大。如今,他们成为律师, 医生,会计师,新闻记者等,分布在社会的各行各业, 并积极私人地赞助叙利亚难民家庭。

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Gala host Judy Trinh
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MP Chandra Arya greets Syrian Canadian

讲到启动叙利亚难民项目的初衷时,中心行政总监耿静惠女士说,华侨和留学生,包括她自己和家人在内,在留学或移民之初,都收到了无私的帮助。那些来自于不同种族加拿大人的关怀让她感慨良多,所以中心员工会响应加拿大移民部的号召去积极改变难民的生活和命运。
本中心BARRHAVEN快乐厨房的义工们,制作了手工花装饰品放在每位嘉宾的座位上;这些义工和叙利亚难民客户还制作了2000多个手工饼干, 再由义工们将饼干包装为305份礼物, 给现场每位嘉宾带来惊喜。赞助商Scotia Bank将座位捐给本中心的十位客户/义工,使他们也成为晚宴嘉宾。这些客户踊跃地站起来发言, 对本中心发出真诚的感谢。

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2000 cookies and packed & hand-made flowers by volunteers for each guest
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Diamond Sponsor, Otto’s BMW & Subaru

渥太华市政府、中华人民共和国驻加大使馆、驻加拿大台北经济文化代表处、VIA Rail Canada (加拿大火车局), 3M Canada, 本地许多博物馆、游乐场, 以及赞助商家都为本次宴会提供了倾力帮助和慈善义卖品。
305位嘉宾购买了晚宴餐券,近60位义工、表演者、OCCSC的工作人员活跃在人群里提供表演、专业摄影、舞台监督、抽奖等活动。

本中心于11月11日至11月 18日由CFC中文网协助的在线拍卖也在晚宴中发布募款结果。感谢CFC的媒体协助, 并感谢由Lionscape Paving Inc价值$10,000的高水平车道及走道的铺砖工程(包工包料), 洋葱车行提供价值$1,000的冬季雪胎套装服务, VIA Rail Canada提供价值$1,000的旅游礼劵, 及金牌橱柜提供价值$1299加税的最新款方太智慧油烟机。 以上四项捐献品共募集款项为$8,450。

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Winner of VIA Rail Canada $1,000 gift certificate
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Silent Auction items

此外,前来助兴的表演节目有: 叙利亚难民的情歌Lamma Bdommik A’ Sdeiri (当我拥抱你) , 由键盘手Ismail Elnamis 及歌手Mohammad Nasser演出, 还有金玉舞蹈团推出中国传统的民间舞蹈“红灯笼”。本中心语言培训部协调员朱文丽及易珊红的美声双重唱“乘着歌声的翅膀”,还有宝莱坞舞蹈团表演的“Show me Your Jalwa-Sheila Ki Jiwani” 。舞者台上台下互动, 为晚会献上高潮。

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Jinyu Dance Group
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Bollywood for Fun dance group.

33份幸运抽奖礼物包括头奖的神秘礼篮(价值$250元的3M CANADA礼篮), 名牌皮包, OCCSC高级礼篮, 和许多美酒巧克力及餐厅礼券, 还有洋葱车行为每桌的一位幸运嘉宾提供的神秘礼物(价值$100元的四轮定位服务), 都让现场来宾兴奋不已。

当然,除了支付晚宴活动的成本费用以外,晚宴慈善义卖募集的款项和各界的赞助捐赠所有结余都将投入服务中心的移民难民服务。

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OCCSC’s clients and volunteers at the Scotia Bank’s table
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Lucky Draw Winner received 3M gift basket

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OCCSC Staff at the gala

最后,OCCSC感谢下列企业、商家及公司对本次活动的参与支持:(按字母顺序排列)

钻石赞助商:

Otto’s BMW & Otto’s Subaru
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金级赞助商:

满地可银行 亨瑞集团 安信药房 Phoenix Homes Urbandale Construction
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银级赞助商:

安福园-冯基堡 加拿大帝国商业银行 洋葱车行 加拿大皇家银行
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加拿大丰业银行 Sun Life Financial – 邓陈秀玲 道明银行集团) 真光眼镜
3-5 3-6 3-7 3-8

Auction Sponsor:

金牌橱柜 Lionscape Paving Inc. 洋葱车行 VIA Rail Canada
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Media Partners:

CBC News CFC中文网 新华侨报 OTTAWAZINE
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Corporate Tables:

•满地可银行
•CLASP Corporation
•CFC加拿大中文网
•麦加利殡仪服务和火化中心
•Kivuto Solutions
•渥太华警察局
•安信药房

Corporate and Individual Donor’s lists:

•3M Canada
•Barbara Xiao
•Bob Monette, 渥太华副市长
•Bridgehead
•Calypso Water Park
•Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
•Chang Wang and So-King C Wang
•Cosmic Adventures Inc
•Councilor Michael Qaqish, 市议员
•中华人民共和国驻加拿大大使馆
•Escape Manor
•Farmer’s Pick
•Friend of OCCSC
•Gray Line Ottawa
•Hak Ming Yuen
•Herbert Seymour Kassman
•Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
•Jim Watso,渥太华市长
•Karters’ Korner
•Lady Dive Tours (Amphibus)
•Lau, Yik Yu
•Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
•Lo, Yun-Ying
•Manon Desrochers
•Margaret Strysio
•Midway Family Fun Park
•Mimi Siu
•Mount Pakenham
•National Gallery of Canada
•National Gallery of Canada Membership division
•Ng’s Cuisine
•Oegema, Nicholson & Associates Insurance Brokers
•Onion Auto Service
•Otto‘s BMW & Subaru
•Patrick Huang & Qing Wang
•Peter Underhill, CEO of the Royal Canadian Legion
•Pink Kam Peck
•Pure Yoga Ottawa
•Robbie’s Restaurant Italian Restaurant (St Laurent Blvd)
•Rockport Boat Line
•Rudi Aksim
•Sally Qing Zhang
•Saunders Farm
•Sea King Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant
•Stella Luna Gelato Café
•T & T 大统华超级市场
•驻加拿大台北经济文化代表处
•Tao Shen
•The Haunted Walks
•The Ottawa Muslim Association
•The Ottawa Senators Foundation
•VIA Rail Canada Inc.
•Vivian Chan
•Vorlage Ski
•YangMing Asian Buffet”
•Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre
•Yi Mei Bai
•Yinping Wang and Pan Yang
•Zhou, Bi Yu

再次感谢公司/团体购买餐卷,公司和个人捐赠现金和礼品,各位义工和员工让整个活动圆满成功。