| The Yee Fung Toy of Canada celebrates 110th
總堂副主席余金星首先致歡迎詞、衷心感謝大家在百忙中撥冗光臨。相繼温哥華市議員雷健華、 省議員李燦明、温哥華馬氏宗親會副理事長馬榮熙、謝氏宗親會副主席謝偉恒、 前溫哥華市議員周炯華先後致賀詞，温哥華余風采堂耆英組副主任余瑞芝宣讀賀詞及副主席余耀祥致謝詞。
The ancestor ritual started at 12:00 noon in the YFT Society Hall 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.
Albert Yu once again emceed the noon ceremony. Great job, Albert!
Vice-Chair James Yu gave a very enjoyable and brief welcoming speech.
City Councillor, Mr. Raymond Louie, Mah Benevolent Society of Vancouver Vice Chairman Paul Mah and Tse Clansman Association of Vancouver vice President, Mr. Jason Tse and former City Councillor, Mr. George Chow, gave warmth greeting speeches to the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada members and guests, followed by Mr. Shui Chi Yu, who read out all the congratulatory letters. MLA Richard Lee also attended and gave his greetings.
110th Anniversary Ceremony ended after Vice Chair Phillip Yu gave his thank-you speech to attending guests.
Everyone enjoyed the afternoon buffet lunch, thanks to YFT Welfare Committee vice Chair, Mr. Stephen Yee, and his volunteers, who organized this year's afternoon gala event.
Around 6pm, guests start arriving for the evening reception. The stage was decorated with flower baskets from the Seattle Yee Family Association, the Mah Society, the Tse Clansman Association and the Sunkist Flower Shop.
Our emcees for the evening banquet were Esther Yue, and Kimberly Yee. The Lion dancing team from the Mah's Athletic Club's helped us to celebrate Year of the Horse. Thanks to the members of the YFT Youth group and the Mah Athletic Club for their wonderful performances.
Distinguished guests who attended our Spring Banquet include Consul Zheng Xuan, from The Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver; Hon. Alice Wong, M.P. for Richmond and Minister of State for Seniors; Judge William F. W. Yee, Provincial Court of British Columbia; City Councillors Raymond Louie and Tony Tang, Seattle YFT Family Association members, our cousins from the Mah Society and the Tse Clansman Association.
George Yee, and David Yee emceed the Vancouver YFT Scholarship Awards. 24 outstanding students received scholarship awards this year. There were two special Scholarship prizes handed out this year, sponsored by Mrs. Carla Yee, in commemoration of Joseph Yee, who passed away last October.
Four students were from the Elementary level: Amanda Yee, Megan Yu, Nikki Yu and Tammy Yu.
Nine students were from the Secondary level: Cameron Yee, Jeffery Yu, Sara Yu, Alec Yu, Natalie Yu, Wendy Yu, Carina Yee, Ashley Yu and Christopher Yee.
Eleven were from University level: Alvina Yee, Kimberly Yee, Nicholas Yee, Allison Yu, Nicole Yu, Maurice Yu, Jackson Yu, Miranda Yu, Elizabeth Yee, Kayla Yu and Polly Yu. Congratulations!
Jaime Yee was awarded the Joseph Pak Poy Yee Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to The Yee Fung Toy Society and And the Chinatown Community.
Carina Yee was awarded the Joseph Pak Poy Yee Memorial Prize for the Best Essay of The Yee Fung Toy Society Essay Writing Contest.
Esther Yue and Phillip Yu emceed the entertainment portion of the program. Guest singers include Judge Bill Yee, Fred and Clara Yee from Seattle, our Mah and Tse Cousins.
Modern dance routine was performed by our Chairman's talented 8 years old granddaughter, Hailey Yu.
This anniversary celebration was a tremendous success! Thanks to the volunteers and YFT board members who helped to organize this annual event. Special thanks to our two emcees, Esther Yue and Kimberly Yee for a job well done! Hope to see you all next year.
Photo courtesy of James Yu, Chia Su Ping, and Martin Yee.