January 4, 2003
Shanghai Acrobats performance at the Living Arts Centre
The Shanghai Acrobats performance was jointly presented by the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses (CPB), the Mississauga Chinese Business Association (MCBA) and the Chinese Association of MississaugaSpecial invited guests included Deputy Consul General Li Zhengjun from Consul General of the People's Republic of China and Deputy Director Mr. Kenneth Cheng of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. The show was a sold out performance.
January 16, 2003
Reception for Minister Dennis Coderre
Andre Mak attended a reception held by Steve Mahoney, M.P., Mississauga West. Immigration Minister Dennis Coderre was the guest of honour. Andre Mak discussed the concerns on behalf of the Chinese Community regarding the recent changes of immigration law that imposed a more stringent restriction to the applicants from China.
January 17, 2003
Meeting with Deputy Consul General Li Zhengjun about Educational Exchange Program
Andre Mak had a meeting with Deputy Consul General Li Zhengjun regarding support from the Consul General's office to providing a liaison with the District School Board in Shanghai. On February 25, 2003, a joint Education Mission by CPB and the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board will travel to Shanghai to meet with the school board and explore the possibilities of carrying out an Educational Exchange Program for students and teachers.
February 1, 2003
Dragon Ball 2003
A number of CPB directors and members attended this annual fundraising event held by Yee Hong Community Foundation at the Metro Convention Centre. Many dignitaries were at the event including Mayor Hazel McCallion. The mayor offered a live auction item “A Night at the Theatre with Mayor McCallion”. Norman Tsui, one of the CPB directors, was the successful bidder of this special offer. Dragon Ball 2003 raised about 1.5 million dollars for Yee Hong towards their Capital Campaign to build three new geriatric care centres in Markham, Mississauga and Scarborough.
February 12, 2003
Canada China Business Council Dinner
On behalf of CPB, Andre Mak was invited to attend this special dinner held by the Canada China Business Council to discuss the ongoing implications of business trades between Canada and China. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Howard Balloch, President of CCBC and former Canadian Ambassador to China (1996-2001).
February 6, 2003
Chinese New Year
A number of CPB Directors and members attended this fundraising dinner held by the Peel Region Friends of Yee Hong at the Emerald Restaurant.
February 10, 2003
RBC Royal Bank Chinese New Year Lunch
On behalf of CPB, Andre Mak was among a handful of community representatives to be invited to attend a lunch held by Ms Gay Mitchell, Executive Vice President, Royal Bank, to discuss the ongoing business relationships between the Chinese business community and Royal Bank.
February 14 and 15, 2003
Legend Charity Gala 2003
Legend Charity Gala was organized by the Legend Restaurant to fund raise for the United Way of Greater Toronto and Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association. Feature performers included Ms Sylvia Lai and Ms Betty Lai. More than 30 CPB directors and members attended this special fundraising event.
February 21, 2003
Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Association Gala 2003
A number of CPB Directors attended this annual gala held by the Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Associations at the Sheraton Parkway hotel.
February 23 to March 4, 2003
Shanghai Mission 2003 with Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Senior staff from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Directors from CPB had visited Shanghai, China to lay groundwork for future student/teacher exchanges with Shanghai University of International Studies’ Foreign Language School. Dufferin-Peel’s Director of Education, Michael Bator, Superintendent of Program, Brendan Barnet, and Vice-Principal of Continuing and Alternative Education, Marilena Tesoro represented the board, along with Andre Mak, Co-Chair, and Amy Tjen, Director, from the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses. The visit came about as a result of an invitation from the Foreign Language School.
During visit, the group met with the language school principal, faculty, staff and students. “The visit was extraordinary,” said Michael Bator. “We met many students and staff in Shanghai who are equally enthusiastic about the potential for exchange. China has changed dramatically and Shanghai is an incredibly modern city. We are excited about the potential for mutually beneficial linkages between Dufferin-Peel and the Foreign Language School.”
“We are very pleased to be a part of this wonderful opportunity,” said Andre Mak. “The support for the venture and immediate connection between the Dufferin-Peel Catholic board, the education representatives in China, and the Toronto office of the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China helped make the visit a successful one.”
“Canada’s multicultural society and, in this instance, the large Chinese population in Peel, Toronto, and the GTA, present natural opportunities for Dufferin-Peel and other boards to reach out internationally,” noted Bator. “The world is indeed growing smaller. Global Literacy, and the need to encourage our own students to expand their horizons, as well as the importance of language and understanding culture, set the table for exciting possibilities that we definitely want to explore further.”
During the visit, the Dufferin-Peel delegation met representatives of the Chinese Foreign Service and the Shanghai school authority, and visited a state of the art high school. A Chinese delegation from the Shanghai University of International Studies’ Foreign Language School will be making a reciprocal visit to Canada in 2003.
March 21, 2003
MBOT’s President Dinner
A number of CPB Directors and members attended this annual President’s Dinner held by the Mississauga Board of Trade at the Verdi hospitality Centre. The evening’s feature performer was Ron Hawkins. The Honourable Margaret Marland, M.P.P., Mississauga South, was the honoured guest at the CPB table.
March 22, 2003
Carefirst 2003 Young at Heart Charity Gala
A number of CPB Directors and members attended this annual fundraising gala held by the Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel.
March 23, 2003
Pacific Bridge Gala 2003
A number of CPB Directors and members attended this annual fundraising gala held by the Mount Sinai Hospital at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.
March 29, 2003
Entrepreneur’s Award 2003
On behalf of CPB, Andre Mak was invited to this annual Entrepreneur’s Award held by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs.
April 9, 2003
Smile China Fund Raising Dinner Press Conference
A press conference was held at the Good Luck Restaurant to announce that CPB and the Toronto Elegance Lions Club would hold the Smile China Fundraising dinner on April 12, as originally planned despite the outcome of SARS. At the press conference, Dr. Dave McKeown, medical office of Peel Region Health Department indicated that he would recommend that “business should be as usual” approach. Dr. Joseph Wong, President of CPB Foundation and Founder of Smile China Project, stated that there were no reported cases in Canada of anyone having caught SARS from traveling on a subway, watching a movie, eating at a Chinese restaurant. And no one had caught SARS from any gala or fundraising dinner.
Derwin Wong, Chair, Professionals, advised that CPB and the Toronto Elegant Lions Club had decided the go ahead of the fundraising dinner in order to leads an example to deal with the SARS outbreak in a rational manner and to eliminate the irrational fears in the community. Andre Mak, Chair, Businesses, indicated that CPB had also decided to initiate an “Action Against SARS” coalition to help the business community to regain the confidence from the consumers. During the press conference, the Honourable Carl deFaria, Minister of Citizenship, joined in for lunch and to provide his support to the Chinese Community that it’s safe to have lunch at a Chinese Restaurant.
April 12, 2003
Smile China Fundraising Dinner 2003
Over 450 guests attended this Smile China Fundraising Dinner jointly organized by CPB and the Toronto Elegant Lions Club at the Regal Constellation Hotel. The event was honoured with the presence of Her Worship, Mayor Hazel McCallion, the Honourable Carl DeFaria, Minister of Citizenship, and Deputy Consul General Pan Xinchun, from the Consul General Office of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto.
Charity performers included Her Worship Mayor Hazel McCallion, Dr. Joseph Wong, Founder of Smile China and President of CPB Foundation, Andre Mak and Derwin Wong, CPB Co-Chairs, Lion Juliana Chan, President and Lion Margaret Hui, Event Chair, both from the Toronto Elegant Club, just to name a few. Feature performers were Evan Choi of the Carry On band, singing ensembles of “Smile” Songs and a superb dance performance from the Viva Dance Studio. $100,000 was raised at the Smile China Fundraising Dinner.
April 15, 2003
Healthy Living Expo Press Conference
A Press Conference of the Healthy Living Expo was held at the Good Luck Restaurant. CPB and Mississauga News are the organizers of the event. The Honourable Carl DeFaria, Minister of Citizenship with Responsibility to Seniors, presented a cheque of $10,000 to Gary Lee and Audrey Chiang, Co-Chairs of the Healthy Living Expo. At the press conference, the two co-chairs announced that there is a one-day Expo for people to learn from over 20 speakers and 40 exhibits on how they can improve their health and well-being.
April 15, 2003
Ontario Budget Briefing Networking Dinner
An Ontario Budget Briefing Networking Dinner was held by CPB at the Good Luck Restaurant. The Honourable Carl DeFaria, Minister of Citizenship, was the keynote speaker and Mrs. Rosanna Ure, Director of Hong Kong and Economic and Trades Office was the honoured guest of the evening.
July 22, 2003
Congratulations to the CPB Blazing Spyros dragonboat team for another successful season. We placed 2nd in the R Division at Centre Island and placed 2nd (losing to first by 0.6 seconds) in the Silver Winners Division in Waterloo. We even performed our fastest time ever in the Waterloo race!
Although our performance was phoenominal at our races, dragonboat wasn't only about a good ranking. Dragonboat was about enjoying the sport of water racing, meeting new friends and relaxing in the great outdoors. The weather was perfect with clear blue skies with a cool breeze. It was not too hot, but warm enough to dry our wet clothes after each race.
Dragonboat really tested our commitment by having to wake up every Sunday morning at 6 am to go to a practice or a race. Thanks to all the poor drivers and parents who had to tolerate wake up calls at 5:30 am.
I hope to see you all again next year!