| The Yee Fung Toy of Canada
celebrates 104th Anniversary
Celebrating the 104th Anniversary of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada
The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada celebrated its 104th anniversary and the Chinese New Year of the Rat on February 23, 2008.
The ancestor ritual started at 12:00 noon in the YFT House on 226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. where Chairman Mr. Kan Yu, the YFT advisors, and the Board of directors made offerings to our ancestor Yee Chung-sheung. Mr. Steven Yee emceed the afternoon ceremony.
After the ritual our YFT women's Choir sang the YFT Society Song, Mr. Gary Yee delivered a welcoming speech that touched on the history of the Society. Congratulatory speeches from our guests. Followed by Mr. Shui Ji Yu who read the congratulatory letters, then Mr. James Yu gave the thank you speech. After the short ceremony, we all had lunch in the YFT House, we especially enjoyed the delicious home made traditional dim sum provided by members of the Tse Benevolent Association Women’s Committee.
Our Spring Banquet started
at 6 pm at the Floata Seafood Restaurant. Honoured
guests included the PRC Vancouver Consul General Yang
Qiang; Vancouver City Councillor Mr. George Chow and
Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie.
Also in attendance for the
festivities were Seattle YFT Vice President Mr. Shum Yee
and his wife; Advisor Mr. Fred Yee; Advisor Mr. Suey Yee
and his wife plus two other Seattle guests.
Special guests included
Judge Bill Yee, YFT Society of Montreal Advisor Mr. and
Mrs. Wing Shui Yee, his famous son, Doctor John Yee and
his family. Other guests included the Mah and Tse
Benevolent Association cousins, Fung Toy Alumni, and
other invited guests from the Chinese Community, and of
course, our own YFT members and their families. We had
over 400 people attend this festive gathering.
The Banquet festivities
began with the traditional Lion dance performed by the
YFT Youth Group, followed by the Yee Fung Toy Song sang
by the Ladies Choir of the Recreation Committee.
Ms. Esther Yue, and Mr.
James Yu emceed the formal evening program. Both
Esther and James did a fantastic job emceeing.
As usual, Mr. Kan Yu
delivered a wonderful welcoming speech.
Anniversary Greetings from
the PRC Vancouver Consul General Yang Qiang, City
Councillor Mr. George Chow and City Councillor Mr.
After the speech by the YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman Mr. Jim Yee, who gave an account of the 2007 YFT events and the upcoming 2008 events.
Mr. James Yu read out all the guest list and thank everyone who attended this anniverary event.
Mr. Phillip Yu and Esther Yue emceed the entertainment portion of the program. Performances by the Fung Toy Alumni and songs from the Women’s Singers were followed by a few guest Karaokes.
Judge Bill Yee, Seattle's YFT Family Association Advisor Fred Yee and several guests sang Karaoke for us.