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温哥華余風采堂

             



二零零八年活動

  • 總領事楊強訪余風采總堂
  • 加拿大余風采總堂舉行新春團年以及團拜餐敘
  • 温哥華馬氏宗親會慶祝成立五十八週年紀念
  • 余風采總分堂代表參加風采校友春宴
  • 温哥華余風采堂赴山景墓園祭掃
  • 姐弟獎教金及其捐贈者簡介
  • 余風采堂耆英組慶祝春夏兩季生日會暨午餐聯歡會
  • 謝氏世表慶祝該會成立第三十三週年暨婦女部第十五週年紀念聯歡宴會
  • 余風采總堂主席余根洙之七十榮壽誌慶
  • 余風采總堂紀念始祖余忠襄公一千零八周年寶誕
  • 温哥華風采堂耆英一日遊
  • 温哥華余風采堂年度夏日郊遊聯歡
  • 加拿大余風采總堂代表出席華埠僑團建築物協會「鞏固基業創未來基金」新聞發佈會
  • 余風采總分堂代表參加全加拿大余風采堂『三慶』大會
  • 遇溺中國留學生余慧春家人來温哥華辦後事 余氏宗親伸出援手扶助
  • 温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛之六秩榮壽大慶
  • 温哥華余風采堂舉辦秋祭
  • 余風采總分堂代表出席國慶晚會
  • 余慧春的兄長余慧明之感謝信
  • 余風采堂耆英組慶祝秋冬兩季生日會暨午餐聯歡會
  • 風采總分堂暨風采校友會共聚互賀佳節
  • 總領事楊強訪余風采總堂

    Group picture with PRC Consul General Yang Qiang

    中華人民共和國駐溫哥華總領事楊強偕同副總領事黎寶光、陳日彪領事、王堅領事、李宇亮領事等一行五人, 於日前訪問全加余風采總堂,向余氏僑胞們致以新年祝賀。

    當日,全加余風采總堂主席余根洙、副主席余詠本、余錦文、溫哥華余風采分堂主席余美湛和副主席余啟康等,與理事及職員接待。

    余根洙致歡迎詞時表示,歡迎楊強總領事等人光臨,同時表示極力支持中國早日完成和平統一大業,堅決反對「台獨」分裂勢力, 並希望中加關係在新的一年發展得 更好。 他並且祝願中國繁榮興旺,以及二零零八年北京舉辦的奧運會成功。

    楊強發言時也表示,非常感謝大家對祖國支持及對他們的熱烈歡迎。他說,中國已走上現代化發展之路,人民生活已逐漸提高, 經濟發展快速,對外貿易輸出已居世 界第二位。

    楊強說,二零零八年更是不同尋常的一年,中國改革開放已取得巨大成就和天翻地覆的變化。今年既是中國改革開放三十周年, 也是中國奧運年,北京將舉辦第 29 屆夏季奧運會。中華圓夢,百年奧運。他又指出,中國的強大使海外華僑華人吐氣揚眉,獲得尊嚴和地位。

    余榮燊報告


    加拿大余風采總堂舉行新春團年以及團拜餐敘

    轉眼一年又過去了,熱鬧鬧的聖誕新年氣氛還意猶未盡,農曆新年將在二月七日到來,今年是中國十二生肖, 鼠年當頭的重新輪迴的一年,為迎接農歷鼠年的來臨, 加拿大余風采總堂於二零零八年一月十四日,星期一,在溫市大 煌海鮮酒家 舉行新春團年以及團拜餐敘,延開四席。理事、職員及親屬們聚首一堂,氣氛熱烈、歡快,大家一起開開心心慶祝新春。

    出席參加新春團年以及團拜聚餐包括總堂主席根洙伉儷、副主席錦文伉儷、詠本伉儷、美湛伉儷、顧問鳳和、鍚儒伉儷、 書記榮燊伉儷、理事金星、瑞芝伉儷、健民 伉儷、錫L伉儷、碧瑜伉儷、惠芳、耀祥伉儷、冠柏伉儷、漢銳、ㄠd伉儷、炳相、源進、 另外還有溫哥華余風采堂財政柏寧伉儷及萍相伉儷等。


    當加拿大余風采總堂主席根洙、副主席美湛、詠本、理事金星、ㄠd等一齊到每張桌子敬酒的時候, 每個人都高舉手中的酒杯或茶杯,彼此祝賀大家身強體健,祝願 大家在新的鼠年吉祥如意,從心所欲,四季平安,萬事亨通!

    最後,餐敘與往年一樣,讓您在歡樂、祥和、喜慶的氣氛中,各人懷著興奮快樂的心情,帶著祝福,滿載而歸。

    余柏寧報告


    温哥華馬氏宗親會慶祝成立五十八週年紀念

     

    二零零八年二月二十四日(星期日)是温哥華馬氏宗親會成立五十八週年紀念日,為慶祝這一節日,馬氏世表於當日中午在喜士定東街 418 號會址禮堂內首先舉行祭祖儀式,祭祖儀式結束後,隨即舉行紀念典禮,由馬其章世表擔任司儀。馬威廉理事長致歡迎詞及宣佈大會旨趣。

     

    出席參加余風采堂的代表包括加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、副主席余錦文、總分堂顧問余鍚儒、總分堂書記余榮燊、 温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛、財政余柏寧及青 年組主任余漢銳。 代表溫市政府包括市議員黎拔佳。


    同日晚上,馬氏世表假華埠富大酒家大酒樓舉行春宴聯歡晚會,嘉賓滿堂,共慶佳節,場面是非常熱鬧。

     

    當晚應邀參加及到賀的有中國駐溫哥華總領事館僑務領事陳日彪、領事李宇亮、卑詩省省議員李燦明、 温哥華市市議員周炯華及雷建華、僑社友好、僑團領袖及由外 埠專程到來的嘉賓,濟濟一堂,共慶佳節、共敘情誼。

    宴會由 Mrs. Alice Mah 及馬秉年夫人 (Mrs. Diane Mah) 擔任司儀主持,進行秩序井然,氣氛熱鬧。 七時許,宴會由馬威廉理事長致歡迎詞並作會務報告。應邀致詞的還有中國駐溫哥華總領事館僑務領事陳日彪、 溫哥華市市議員周炯華等。


    在上菜期間,卡拉 OK 陸續登場,歌聲不斷,樂調悠揚。接著是馬氏世表首次頒發獎學金給十四位優秀的傑出青年學生,以鼓勵和資助他們持續進修。

    宴會直至十時許才盡興而散。

    余柏寧報告


    余風采總分堂代表參加風采校友春宴

    溫哥華風采校友會一年一度之春節聯歡會於今年三月廿八日,星期五,在金天鵝酒家舉行,筵開十一席。

    全加余風采總堂主席、温哥華分堂主席和理監事、友好及校友會代表前來參加。


    新春聯歡晚宴由校友會理事林蘇民先生擔任司儀,為各個環節安排介紹。

    温哥華風采校友會會長余惠卿女士致歡迎詞,她代表校友會對各位嘉賓的到來表示衷心的感謝和熱烈的歡迎, 並祝大家在鼠年身體健康,全家快樂,心想事成。

     

    校友會顧問余瑞芝致賀詞、跟著由全加余風采總堂主席余根洙及溫哥華分堂主席余美湛先後致詞、副會長余源進致答謝詞。

    晚宴亦設有豐富的娛興節目,除了風采校友為晚會獻上了精彩的「花傘舞」表演之外,還有卡拉OK演唱及幸運抽獎助慶。

    聯歡晚宴始終洋溢著歡樂、祥和、融洽、友好的氣氛。

    余柏寧報告


    温哥華余風采堂赴山景墓園祭掃

    清明節將至,又是一年祭祀時,墓園到處人紛紛。

    公曆二零零八年四月四日(即農曆二零零八年二月廿八日,星期五)是今年的清明節節日。 清明節因「氣清景明、萬物皆顯」而得名,是中國人民緬懷先人,悼念逝者的傳統節日,在中國已經有了兩千五百多年的歷史。 根據傳統習俗,清明節前後一周均為 祭掃期,均適合祭拜先人。

    温哥華余氏宗親們為春祭掃墓之期,於二零零八年三月卅日,農曆戊子鼠年二月廿三日 (星期日)舉行致祭,藉表追思,緬懷先人。

    2008 Ching
                Ming 01

    當日藍天白雲,陽光普照,山景墓園現了大量的掃墓人群。 余氏宗親們乘車前往到菲沙街的山景墓園「安魂亭」華人公共祭壇集合, 參加一年一度温哥華余風采堂舉行的中午準十二時的掃墓公祭活動。 本堂福利組主任余ㄠd早已備有豐盛的祭品,讓我們一起虔誠的祭先人,讓我們充分顯露出「慎終追遠」、 飲水思源的不忘本傳統習俗。

     

    禮生由余海清、余萍相擔任。在余萍相宗長和余錫L宗長上香、點燃明燭後,主祭者(余根洙、余美湛、余錫儒、余詠本), 陪祭者(余金星、余錦文、余漢銳、余柏寧)等一一就位。 全體宗人都肅立進行致祭儀式。首先大家一齊向先靈行三鞠躬禮,余錫儒宣讀祭文、供奉祭品者包括余榮燊獻鮮花、余根洙、 余美湛、余錫儒、余詠本一齊敬獻金 豬、余金星敬獻三牲、余漢銳敬獻酒、余柏寧敬獻水果、余錦文敬獻元寶。

    全體宗人向先靈再次行一鞠躬禮辭靈,在主祭者、陪祭者及禮生退位後,余ㄠd宣讀靈文。 禮成後,余錫L就噼哩啪啦地燃放著鞭炮。

    祭拜禮畢後,本堂理事和余氏宗親們在下午一時左右就返回堂所,接著舉行了溫哥華余風采堂二零零八年度堂員年會。

    Rose Yee,
                Judy Yee, Wei Hinh Yee and FT Alumni.

    散會後,大家共同分享溫哥華余風采堂安排一項的豐富午膳,今年還有余有任夫人為千金出閣之喜, 捐出了兩箱大甜橙及兩大盒老婆餅給我們一起分享。 在這裡祝賀她們,以及說一聲多謝!

    余氏宗親們坐在一起,津津有味地共進午餐、悠閒地聊天。

    余柏寧報告


    姊弟獎教金及捐贈者簡介

    Ping Shang Yu
                and sister W Har Yu

    温哥華余氏宗親余惠霞、余萍相姊弟,祖籍台山市白沙鎮三八崗美鄉湖邊村人。他們多年在外勤勞發奮,事業有成。

    余惠霞、余萍相姊弟倆情係故土,關心家鄉教育。為弘揚中華文化優良傳統,承傳孔子尊師重教美德, 向武溪中學捐贈價值港幣十多萬元的孔子銅像。 當他們從愷農業學院余德富教授那堣F解到武溪中學的發展情況,特別是學校的教育教學質量不斷提高,連年中考成績達標等等, 甚為高興,稱讚學校教師有樂業敬業、無私奉獻的可貴精神,即慷慨解囊,捐助人民幣一萬元獎勵學校教師。 這一善舉,使教師們甚為感激,大大激勵教師積極性,增強教師為族校服務的信心。

    余惠霞、余萍相姊弟倆非常熱心公益事業,在加拿大廣泛接觸各界人士,尤為熱情接待中國駐加拿大使館人員和中國留學生。 常參加溫哥華余風釆堂組織的各項活動。 熱心支持當地華人社會公益事業,曾為當地醫院的科學研究捐款,對國內賑災、崗美小學建設、重修忠襄公祠等,都慷慨解囊,熱心讚助。

    武溪中學報導組


    余風采堂耆英組慶祝春夏兩季生日會暨午餐聯歡會

    一年三百六十五日都有人生日,搞搞生日會派對的氣氛,帶出使人開心歡笑的回憶。

    温哥華余風采堂耆英組於二零零八年四月廿七日(星期日)中午十二時假唐人街「花園海鮮酒家」舉辦二零零八年上半年耆英生日會。

    是日參加人數共有五十多人包括總堂余根洙主席伉儷、分堂余美湛主席伉儷、余錫儒顧問伉儷、各理事、堂員會員及嘉賓等。

    2008 Seniors
                Birthday luncheon

    耆英生日會由耆英組副主任余瑞芝主持,他祝各壽星公、壽星婆生辰快樂,長福長壽。

     

    除了品嚐以下的精美點心包括,素菜包、韭菜餃、蝦餃、腸粉、牛肉炒芥蘭、雞球炒麵、炒飯、花生豬骨粥、壽包外。 耆英組也有分發壽麵給所屬上半年生日的耆英會員們。

    温哥華余風采堂耆英組舉辦的午餐生日會就在洋溢歡樂氣氛中圓滿結束。

    余柏寧報告


    謝氏世表慶祝該會成立第三十三週年暨婦女部第十五週年紀念聯歡宴會

    温哥華寶樹堂謝氏宗親會於二零零八年五月四日(星期日)中午十二時,在喜士定東街七四零號, 慶祝成立三十三週年暨慶祝謝氏婦女部成立十五週年紀念的好日 子。 當日在「寶樹堂」禮堂內,嘉賓雲集,氣氛溫馨。來賓包括來自西雅圖昭倫公所主席,以及談氏、譚氏、許氏、謝氏的四姓宗親。

    是日出席的余風采堂代表一行有十一人,包括加拿大余風采總堂主席根洙伉儷、副主席錦文伉儷、顧問錫儒伉儷、 温哥華余風采堂副主席ㄠd、書記榮燊、耆英組主 任余李翠燕女士、財政主任柏寧、及青年組主任漢銳一齊出席參加。

    謝氏世表們首先舉行祭祖儀式,由秘書謝仕平世表主持。

    祭祖儀式結束後,謝氏宗親會主席會謝錫龍致歡迎詞、他向嘉賓們表示熱烈的祝賀,他歡迎大家前來參與祭祖儀式, 令整個週年紀念典禮生色不少。

    Chairman Kan
                Yu making his congratulatory speech

    余風采總堂主席余根洙代表余氏宗親們祝賀謝氏世表,在致詞中他恭祝謝氏宗親會會務興隆,蒸蒸日上!

    婦女部主任謝翠婷女士在致詞中詳述了婦女部成立的目的,以及婦女部的婦女會員因自願地提供做了謝氏宗親會所有的庶務工作, 已經替謝氏宗親會盡量節省了七年多的庶務費用(每個月需支出二百元)。 這是真的令我們大開眼界,謝氏婦女部有這樣團結的精神。

    副主席謝炳源世表致答謝詞,代表謝氏宗親會多謝各位的光臨,希望大家有一個愉快的下午。 謝氏世表們還備有豐富茶點招待嘉賓。

    YFT
                attendees   YFT attendees

    聯歡晚宴假富大酒家舉行,當晚冠蓋雲集,盛況空前。 司儀由謝翠婷女士和謝仕平世表恭禲A序幕先由昭倫體育會醒獅團到賀瑞獅表演,主席謝錫龍致歡迎詞。 嘉賓蒞臨助慶者有中國駐温哥華僑務領事王堅領事和李宇亮領事,卑詩省省議員李燦明先生、 温哥華市議員周炯華先生和雷建華先生、僑團代表和謝氏宗親友好等共 三百多人,氣氛熱閙。 王堅副領事和多位代表在宴會上先後致賀詞,副主席謝炳源世表致答謝詞。

    秘書謝仕平擔任卡拉 OK 節目,嘉賓高歌助慶,有時代曲和粵曲,唱出非常動聽。

    當晚聯歡晚宴的壓軸是抽獎,人人都有中,全塲皆大歡喜,興會直至晚上十時許始盡歡而散。

    余柏寧報告


    余風采總堂主席余根洙之七十榮壽誌慶

    加拿大余風采總分堂理事們於二零零八年六月六日(星期五)參加余風采總堂「壽星公」余根洙主席之七十榮壽誌慶。

    在這個美好的日子裡,又是一個萬物爭榮的盛夏,也到了六月花季盛開的時候,很多很多的嘉賓、朋友、 親屬一齊前來温哥華西湖海鮮酒家赴宴、祝福。

    這正是:親朋共享天倫樂,歡聲笑語壽滿堂。

    古人常說:「人生七十古來稀。」但如今則是「人生七十才開始」,所以余根洙主席的七十壽慶才正是另一個新階段的開始。

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    在他的教育下,子女們都已經長大成人,為老人贏得了無尚的榮光。現如今老壽星一家是四世同堂,正可為兒子孝,兒媳能, 女兒賢,女婿強。 就連在校學習的孫女、外孫,外孫女們也是聰明伶俐,成績優異,捷報平傳,後繼有人。

    在他的領導下,溫哥華余風采堂、卡加利余風采堂、點問頓余風采堂、雷城余風采堂、 安省余風采堂及滿地可余風采堂全體同仁團結一致,同心合作,搞好堂務。 為推動加拿大余風采總堂的堂務發展,為堂員福利事項之促進、為僑社團結和繁榮昌盛做出了巨大的貢獻。

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    當晚宴會致賀詞者包括「壽星公」的妗弟毛錦輝先生(用中語)及妗弟余達俊先生(用英語)。 接著,長子余永賢先生致歡迎詞,次子余永明先生致答謝詞。

    讓我們一起恭祝這位「壽星公」生日快樂,福如東海、壽比南山、日月長明、松柏長春、春秋不老、古稀重新、歡樂遠長。

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    余風采總堂紀念始祖余忠襄公一千零八周年寶誕

    為了紀念始祖余忠襄公一千零八周年寶誕,加拿大余風采總堂於六月十四日(星期六)中午十二時在堂所禮堂隆重舉行祭祖儀式。

    北宋英宗治平元年六月三十日(公元一零六四年)是余氏始祖余靖(忠襄)公忌辰之日。 每逢他的誕辰或忌辰,加拿大余風采總堂都會舉行紀念活動,因為這個活動是非常有意義的。

    當天中午,數拾位堂員偕同家人和親友聚集在堂所禮堂內,一齊參與祭典。

    Ancestor Day
                ceremony at the Society Hall

    寶誕祭祖儀式由福利組主任余ㄠd主持,主祭由加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙擔任、陪祭包括副主席余詠本、余美湛、余錦文、 顧問余鳳和及余錫儒。

    祭祖儀式肅穆隆重,上香後,禮生余景威、余錫L先後就位,大家一齊向始祖余忠襄公行三鞠躬禮。接著顧問余錫儒宣讀祭文, 主席余根洙、副主席余詠本、 余美湛、余錦文一齊獻胙肉、余有任夫人獻三牲、侯補理事余漢銳獻酒、書記余榮燊獻果品、顧問余鳳和獻祭「金銀財寶」。 全體宗人向始祖襄公再次行一鞠躬禮。

    總堂主席余根洙開始致詞,他歡迎大家今日到來参加祭祖,他同時希望日後大家多多參與堂所一切活動,最後介紹太祖史略及報告堂務近G。

    總堂副主席余美湛致謝福利組主任ㄠd叔和義工們安排這個有意義的活動。 他又宣佈:
    (一) 温哥華余風采堂耆英組定期六月二十二日(星期日)上午八時三十分在堂所集合乘坐巴士前往本省滑雪勝地威士拿郊遊一天,
    (二) 温哥華余風采堂將在七月六日在鱒魚湖公園舉行夏天野餐郊遊會及
    (三) 全加余風釆堂第十五屆懇親大會將在八月七日(星期四)在點問頓舉行,歡迎宗親們報名參加。

    總堂還設有自助午餐饗眾。

    今次紀念活動,宗親們除了表達慎終追遠孝義外,更能聯絡感情,發展堂務,余氏宗人更加團結,永遠是一家親!

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    溫哥華余風采堂年度夏日郊遊聯歡

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    難得有咁好的夏季天氣,何不暫時離開自己居住的地區,前往郊區或近郊的短程旅行呢?

    郊遊活動旨在欣賞大自然之風景,認識生態的特色,進行野餐,呼吸一下新鮮空氣,真是清爽怡人的感覺呀!

    每年一度的温哥華余風采堂夏日郊遊活動巳於二零零八年七月六日(星期日)中午十二時在域多利街夾二十街的鱒魚湖公園舉行。 温哥華主席余美湛致歡迎詞, 指出舉辦夏日郊遊是該堂一項福利活動,意旨是敦親睦族。 他多謝溫哥華余風采堂福利組主任余ㄠd及副主任余錫L負責主辦這個活動。

    余美湛主席同時宣佈,馬氏世表馬威廉理事長是很歡迎余氏的青年,去參加他們「温哥華馬氏體育會」舉辦的武術及醒獅班。 有興趣的余氏青年們,請與余美湛主席聯絡。

    當日上午烏雲佈滿天空,好像快要下雨,但到中午時,晴空萬里、風和日麗、藍天白雲相互輝映。 余氏宗親、風采堂員連家屬、風采校友和馬氏世表們,大家談天說地,快快樂樂地聚合在一起,共同享受了一個難忘的下午。


    温哥華余風采堂為了關注燒烤食物上衛生安全,參加今年夏日郊遊活動的人士就沒有機會嚐到過往余捷為哥哥為我們「秘製」 的牛排燒烤香味、更沒有機會嚐試到 康叔叔特色的及好好味道的「香腸」熱狗、香蔥風味的「漢堡包」和野外燒烤脆嫩的「雞翅」了。

    而今只有品嚐到「Church 炸雞店」提供那些嫩滑、多汁和香脆的美味炸雞套餐,和福利組提供的薯片、麵包、水果及飲品。

    郊遊活動同往年一樣,有幸運抽獎助興,今年幸運抽獎獎品豐厚。郊遊聯歡會喜氣滿場,直至下午兩點半左右離場賦歸。

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    加拿大余風采總堂代表出席華埠僑團建築物協會「鞏固基業創未來基金」新聞發佈會



    前 排左起:中國國民黨駐加拿大總支部的司徒順、林西河總堂九牧公所的林蔭棠、鐵城崇義總會的鄭宗勵、 温哥華振興華埠委員會主席霍啟恩、華埠僑團建築物協會主 席馬清石、温哥華傳統基金會委員會主席馬西(Mollie Massie)、 溫市議員蘇安彤 (Suzanne Anton)、 全加余風釆總堂的余根洙及馬氏宗親會主席 馬威廉支持翻新華埠僑團建築。

    華埠僑團建築物協會於七月十一日(星期五) 上午十一時正至中午十二時在温哥華華埠片打東街五十號大温哥華文化中心會議廳宣佈設立「鞏固基業創未來基金」(Building A Cultural Legacy Fund), 資助華埠十一個持有傳統建築物物業的僑團進行可行性發展研究 (Feasibility Studies), 向溫市政府申請撥款修葺及翻新物業。

    加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙及副主席余美湛出席這華埠僑團建築物協會「鞏固基業創未來基金」新聞發佈會。

    華埠僑團建築物協會主席馬清石當日表示,協會會將二零零七年六月協辦之籌款晚會所籌得的七萬五千元, 設立了「鞏固基業創未來基金」,補助已經申請及合資格 的僑團,進行舊樓翻新的可行性發展報告。 這七萬五千元作為基金的運作資本。

    「鞏固基業創未來基金」支票轉交儀式在當日(星期五) 舉行。

    温市政府將華埠內的三十二幢建築物列為傳統建築物,其中十二幢是由僑團及宗親會擁有, 這些於一八八六年至一九二九年建成的樓宇,多年來從未修葺, 部分更不符合現時建築物條例及環保標準,加上傳統建築物的維修規定較一般樓宇嚴格,溫市政府特別設立了一項獎勵計劃, 資助包括華埠在內的傳統建築物業主,修葺及翻新物業。

    代表溫市政府的資深城市規劃師陳婉瑜指出,溫市議會於七月十日的會議中通過批出第一期五項總值五十萬元的撥款項目, 資助五個華埠僑團進行可行性發展研究, 評估所需的修葺和翻新工程以及其費用,以便日後進一步資助。

    華埠僑團傳統建築協會主席馬清石說,由於申請市府撥款計劃的其中一項條件,是僑團需要自行支付二萬元的費用, 為了協助一些面對資金問題的僑團, 因此決定設立「鞏固基業創未來基金」,資助華埠十一個持有傳統建築物物業的僑團踏出第一步,進行可行性發展研究。他指出, 符合申請資格的十一個僑團,在向市府提交過可行性發展研究報告之後,將可獲平均分配七萬五千元基金。

    協會主席馬清石又指出,每一個團體由專家小組(劃則師、土木工程師、機電工程師、經濟師組成的專業團隊) 寫的可行性研究報告,如果將來需要支付十二萬元, 踏出第一步的團體可以獲得「鞏固基業創未來基金」的六千多元補助去撰寫翻新工程可行性發展研究報告。換句話說, 僑團因為有市府(十萬元)及基金(六千多 元)的資助,最後只要花費一萬多元。

    五個已經獲得市府資助十萬元的僑團及所屬會址,包括位於佐治亞東街二二六號的加拿大余風采堂, 片打東街一三七至一三九號的加拿大馬氏宗親總會、位於卡羅街 五三一號的林西河總堂九牧公所、片打東街二五四號的加拿大温哥華鐵城崇義總會、 以及歌雅路五二五號的中國國民黨加拿大總支部。

    五幢傳統建築物的可行性發展研究報告將於六至八個月完成,僑團代表需要於今年年底向市議會匯報工程進度。

    馬氏宗親會主席馬威廉率先透露,會把馬氏大樓現址改建為低收入長者住宅。而其他幾個申請的僑團建築代表, 包括全加余風釆總堂的余根洙、 鐵城崇義總會的鄭宗勵,中國國民黨駐加拿大總支部的司徒順、林西河堂的林蔭棠、還有溫哥華振興華埠委員會主席霍啟恩, 均支持華埠傳統建築的保護及翻新,以宏揚中華文化,振興華埠,兼可以迎冬奧。

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    余風采總分堂代表參加全加拿大余風采堂『三慶』大會

    2008opening-olympic-ceremony

    從二零零八年八月八日起一連舉辦十七天第二十九屆北京奧運會的口號「同一個世界,同一個夢想」, 集中體現了奧林匹克精神的實質和普遍價值觀——團結、 友誼、和諧、參與和夢想,表達了全世界在奧林匹克精神的感召下,追求人類美好未來的共同願望。 世界各地華人為奧運在北京舉行也感到欣慰的驕傲與自豪,我們預 祝北京奧運會圓滿成功!中國奧運隊加油!

    這次全加余風采堂第十五屆懇親會在點城舉辦,揭示出有意義的主題「同一個姓氏,同一個理想」,余氏宗親必須有包容心、 需要團結一致和因公而忘私的精神, 需要相互理解、相互和諧、開拓創新的理念、促進世界各地余氏宗親會的聯繫、交流與合作,換言之似乎也透露出這其間的意思。

    加拿大余風采總堂及温哥華余風采堂代表於八月六日星期三, 乘搭西捷航空飛機前往點問頓參加全加拿大風采堂第十五屆懇親會暨紀念太祖 余忠襄公一千零八歲寶誕及慶祝點問頓余風采堂成立六周年『三慶』大會。

    以下是温哥華余風采堂參加懇親會代表的照片。

    Chairman Jim
                Yee and spouse   Vice_Chair Mr. Kai Hong Yee and
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    Treasurer
                Martin Yee and spouse   Director Phillip Yu and spouse
    Senior
                Committee Chairwoman Mrs. Shui Chi Yu

    全加余風采總堂第十五屆懇親大會出席代表包括總堂余根洙主席、余詠本副主席、余錦文副主席、余錫儒顧問、余榮燊書記、 余金星財政; 滿地可余風采堂余紹然主席; 安省余風采堂余穎俊主席、余鼎波財政、余炳華元老;卡加利余風采堂余策源主席、余幕慈副主席、余文雅書記、余文日代表; 點問頓余風采堂余林晃理事長、 余英華副理事長、余景秋副理事長、余金桃副理事長,温哥華余風采堂余美湛主席、余ㄠd副主席、余纗蝪]政以及余耀祥理事。

    應邀前來參加的美國貴賓有:美國余風采總堂余乾海元老、美西余臻發總長、美東余顯良總長、美西余以信副總長、 總堂余允仁主席、總堂余永源西文書記;舍路余 風采堂余海量顧問、余汝深副主席、以及余耀東財政。

    香港貴賓有: 香港余風采五堂會副監督兼香港余氏宗親會余健倫會長、余海虎委員、余廷洛委員,興致勃勃地出席了懇親大會。

     

    八月六日代表及觀禮員報到。點城馬氏宗親會延開十三席為世表余族嘉賓代表的到來洗塵。

    八月七日上午九時舉行墓園公祭,中午在點城余風采堂舉行祭祖典禮,下午在「龍廷大酒樓」舉行『三慶』開幕典禮, 開幕禮由三獅助興,氣氛熱烈。 同日晚上設宴聯歡,中加長官、僑團領袖、社會賢達、馬氏謝氏世表、各地余氏團體代表、嘉賓戚友、余氏宗親,歡聚一堂。

     

    大會主席余根洙致熱情洋溢的歡迎詞,他衷心祝願懇親大會順利,在共聚族誼之餘,互相團結,為余氏的興旺及發展努力, 並祝願中國體育健兒在今屆北京奧運會上 取得好的運動成績,參賽選手至少能奪取四十塊金牌。


    八月八日至十日舉行懇親會議。大會為觀禮員安排旅遊或自由活動。

    經過三天的會議討論,懇親大會代表研究商議了一系列議題。會議在友好、熱誠、理性、平和的氣氛中審議所有提案,全部通過, 完美解決。 會議後,代表們投票選 舉總堂新屆的理事會員及确定了温哥華爲下一屆懇親大會主辦單位。

    本屆懇親大會充分體現出「敦宗睦族,宏揚祖德」的宗旨,有各單位會務報告、族務商討、贈送紀念品、公宴、 聯歡晚會及旅遊觀光等內容。

    YFT Canada and
                Vancouver delegates offer a song at the closing
                ceremony Vice Chair Kai Hong Yee and Chaiman Jim Yee accept
                convention banner gift.  

    這次『三慶』大會在八月十日晚圓滿成功閉幕,全體來賓在點城相互告別,期待將在温哥華舉辦二零一二年下屆懇親大會時再見。

    余柏寧報告


    遇溺中國留學生余慧春家人來温哥華辦後事 余氏宗親伸出援手扶助

    在温哥華西門菲沙大學(Simon Fraser University) 化學系固體化學研究室、西門菲沙大學 中國學生學者聯誼會、 中國駐溫哥華總 領事館、耆康協進會、 中僑互助會 和各界善心人士的鼎力協助下,西大遇溺的中國留學生余慧春的雙親和舅舅乘搭日本航空公司航班,在九月六日(星期六) 上午已抵達溫哥華,將辦理余慧春的後 事。 余慧春的兄長余慧明因學業繁重,未能同行。

    居住在江西省撫州市南城縣鄉下的余毛仂先生與妻子吳亞仙,第一次出國就是一趟傷心之旅。 他們原本預期兒子余慧春明年可以拿博士學位,沒想到現在卻千里迢迢 來温哥華為他辦後事。 由於余慧春雙親和舅舅都是第一次出國,而且旅途勞頓,目前暫住在余慧春生前在西門菲沙大學的宿舍。

    加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛、財政余柏寧於九月六日上午在温哥華國際機場, 與駐溫哥華總領事館僑務組李宇亮副領事、 中僑互助會社區發展及聯絡總監梁淑玲伉儷、余慧春的兩位西門菲沙大學同學集合,一齊等候余慧春的雙親和舅舅抵達溫哥華。

    下機後,余慧春雙親會見我們時就很傷心地哭出來了。想想看,當在他們生命中很重要的愛兒突然的逝去,有哪個父母不會心痛呢? 有哪個父母不會流淚呢?人活一 輩子,最傷心的就是白頭人送黑頭人!這是很悲慘的一種經歷,看見自己的親生兒子出世、成長、到逝世。 雖然我們不認識余慧春雙親和舅舅們,但在這傷心時刻之 中我們大家只能伸出我們的援手去安慰及鼓勵他們,請他們不要難過。

    在機場內加拿大余風采總堂余根洙主席提交了我們温哥華余風采堂理事募集一千加元給余慧春的父親, 希望這千加元能暫時幫助他們以應急須之用,我們并且答應在 他們離開加拿大之前,我們會將籌集所有的募款給他們。

    余慧春的家庭經濟困難,多年來,為余慧春上大學已經借債數萬元人民幣,加上往返加拿大機票、喪葬、 住宿交通以及其他善後事宜所需的費用,成為一大負擔。

    除了籌款活動之外,西門菲沙大學學生還透過中僑協助,找到大溫非牟利機構耆康協進會(CARE Housing Society), 該組織的項目總監萬方英女士當即表示,該會願意捐出飛行里程,為余家三人買了三張機票到溫哥華。 中僑代為墊付機票的稅項及燃油附加費約二千加元。 目前,在善長仁翁的大力捐助下,已募集近七千元,但仍未足以負擔辦理後事和余慧春家人在加的費用。

    余慧春是一個研究認真、刻苦、獨立且具有創造力的青年學者。 而他的博士研究工作已進入最後一年,先前的三年也成績斐然-已在國際著名學術期刊發表過三篇論文, 且有數篇已完成的論文正在等待審查。

    在就讀過程中,余慧春獲得西門菲沙大學優秀學者獎學金( Graduate Fellowship Award) 三次,這在留學生中並不多見。 余慧春英年早逝,非常可惜,對實驗室來說,則是一個損失。

    化學系材料屬性實驗室試驗員楊麗則指出,余慧春在化學系人緣極好。在她工作的實驗室,余慧春表現出了極強的學習能力, 複雜的掃描電晶試驗,他常常「一點即通。 此外,余慧春更是願意犧牲寶貴的實驗時間,幫助、輔導其他同學完成實驗。楊麗表示,余慧春是一個辦事沉實的學生, 她不認為余慧春會從事太過冒險的行動。

    Beautiful
                Lightning Lake at Manning Park

    八月十六日早上,余慧春與十多個西門菲沙大學學生前往卑詩省內陸曼寧省立公園(Manning Park) 美麗的閃電湖(Lightning Lake) 旅行遇溺,救護人員以直升機送至二埠的皇家哥倫比亞醫院(Royal Columbian Hospital) 救治,到了晚間,院方宣佈余慧春因缺氧時間太長,導致腦死,最終急救無效。

    當我們聽到這個不幸交換學生是余姓的消息後,温哥華余風采堂理事們就於九月二日在堂所,召開了一個臨時緊急會議。 接著理事們就募集了近一千加元。當晚我們也與西門菲沙大學聯絡學生在電話裡接觸。

    期間內我們也持續與駐溫哥華總領事館僑務部聯繫,我們很快地了解及關懷他的家庭艱難處境, 因此我們就知道他的家人是需要我們本地的余氏宗親們的幫助及更加 需要我們本地的各界善長們的幫助。

    温哥華余風采堂理事覺得他們自己捐助的款額可能是一個小數目,但他們的真正意義是去表達余氏宗親們對余慧春家人的關懷、 盡力去支持他們。

    我們熱心的馬氏世表和謝氏世表都很積極響應,日前各世表們都策劃進行募捐活動。

    九月七日(星期日)在余慧春家人的請求下,中僑互助會社區發展及聯絡總監梁淑玲伴隨他們前往曼寧省立公園視察出事地點。

    Huichun YU
                parents and uncle at the Mah's Benevolent Society

    九月八日(星期一)下午,馬氏世表籌得的一千一百三十元善款,已親自在馬氏宗親會會所轉交給余慧春的家人了。

    Huichun YU
                parents and uncle at the Tse Clansman Association of
                Vancouver

    而在同日(星期一)下午,謝氏世表籌得的一千元善款,也親自在謝氏宗親會的寶樹堂轉交給余慧春的家人了。

    九月十日(星期三)梁淑玲女士通知我們,中僑互助會安排將於九月十一日(星期四)上午十時三十分, 在中僑互助會舉行記者招待會。 余慧春家屬準備在記者招待 會上公佈葬禮計劃。

    中僑互助會舉行記者招待會

    九月十一日(星期四)記者招待會由西門菲沙大學中國學生學者聯誼會主席奚悅主持。 首先,由該會代表何其(化學系碩士硏究生)向與會人士,表達大學師生們對余慧春同學懷念。 何其指出,余慧春家境經濟十分困難,為了協助辧理其後事,各同學及師長們合力參與支援工作,多蒙中國駐溫哥華總領館、 西門菲沙大學學校、 各傳媒及各大社團、機構及社會大眾的鼎力襄助,在短短數週內,令慧春的父母親和舅舅能順利到溫哥華料理慧春後事。 各同學及師長對此表示萬二分感激,同學們深深體會到「人間有情」,今後將我們加倍努力,務求早日學成,為國家、為社區效力, 貢獻己長。

    余慧春雙親在華埠中僑互助會安排下,出席記者會,感謝社會各界對他們的幫助。 當接受傳媒訪問時,老淚縱橫哭出了人間最痛的心聲,仍不忘感謝僑界對他們的慰問及支援。 他們以鞠躬方式感謝各界對他們的協助。

    為了讓余慧春與哥哥讀大學,余毛仂與吳亞仙十幾年前就賣掉僅有的房子,至今租屋而居,兩人靠賣夜宵維生。 為了籌措兄弟倆的學費、生活費,還跟別人借了很多 錢。 「本來指望他畢業後來還,現在卻這樣,我無法面對現實。」吳亞仙含淚說。

    西門菲沙大學師生發動捐款,余風采堂、中華會館、謝氏宗親會、馬氏宗親會也伸出援手, 中僑社區發展及聯絡總監梁淑玲則忙著張羅機票,找到了Care Society 服務總監萬方英,以善心人士所捐的航空點數,立即交換了三張來回機票; 中領館在簽證上提供協助,讓余慧春的父母與舅舅可以趕來辦喪事。

    中僑互助會於一九七三年成立,並於翌年註冊為非牟利慈善機構,現已發展成為卑詩省最大的社會服務及移民服務團體之一。 記者招待會詳情請參閱中僑互助會新聞 發佈稿之「血 濃於 水 僑胞關愛   余慧春雙親感銘」。

    在記者離開招待會室後,我們余風采堂宗親們再有加幣三千元送給他們,希望能盡多一分力來幫助他們。

    余慧春的喪禮於九月十二日上午十時,假喜士定街東1835 號溫哥華高希雲殯儀館(Glenhaven Funeral Home) 舉行。 余慧春的骨灰將運返家鄉安葬,余父在喪禮上哭說﹕「當日我兒終於出國,整個縣都為我們高興...」 聞者心酸。 余慧春的靈堂佈置簡單,出席喪禮者大多是他生前的西門菲沙大學同學,余風采堂、謝氏宗親會、 中僑互助會亦有代表出席到場哀悼。


    九月十四日(星期日)下午二時左右,余毛仂先生、妻子吳亞仙、余慧春的舅舅、 兩位余慧春生前的西門菲沙大學朋友和同學及中僑社區發展及聯絡總監梁淑玲伉儷,一齊蒞臨余風采堂拜訪。

    加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、總堂顧問余鳳和、余錫儒、總堂副主席余錦文、理事余耀祥、温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷、 副主席余ㄠd、副主席余金星、財政 余柏寧、理事余萍相及理事余碧瑜,一齊歡迎他們的光臨。

    我們為了哀悼余慧春,大家在聚會交談前一齊默哀了三分鐘。 總堂主席余根洙向余慧春的家人表示關懷慰問,希望他們保重身體,並提出希望,勉勵他們繼續努力工作,刻苦奮鬥。


    總堂主席余根洙然後就將余風采堂宗親們最後籌得之款項,一千五百五十元已全部向他們提交了。 之後由謝鍚鴻師父領導之宇宙氣功學會捐出的一百十元現款也轉交給余慧春的家人了。

    「註」: 我們余風采堂一共籌得款項之總數是五千五百五十元。

    我們合照後就一齊享用余ㄠd叔叔預備的茶點。

    我們認為,這次我們大家能夠伸出真誠援助之手,不但樂意能為我們余氏的宗人做一點事,而且還可以發揚余氏一家親的精神。 我們內心也感到非常特別的欣慰、特別的振奮及特別的舒服!

    温哥華余風采堂呼籲余氏宗親、各界善長,期昐大家繼續慷慨解囊,踴躍捐輸,能讓余慧春的家人,渡過這個悲傷時期。 善款可捐到任何一個 Vancity Branch, 帳號: 642280 — 支行代號為 6 , 賬戶名為:
    In Trust for the Family of Huichun Yu」。

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    温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛之六秩榮壽大慶

    Chairman Jim
                Yee and wife Betty

    温哥華余風采堂理事們於二零零八年九月十六日(星期二)前往以「紅燒乳鴿」打響口碑的「 新瑞華海鮮酒家」, 出席參加温哥華余風采堂「壽星公」余美湛主席之六秩榮壽大慶派對。

    到賀慶祝的嘉賓包括余美湛主席的太太、母親、女兒、女婿、弟弟、妹妹、妹夫、外甥兒女、岳母、內兄家人、內弟黃國裕家人、 親戚、好友、余宏榮法官伉儷、加 拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙伉儷及余風采堂理事等,非常熱鬧!


    八 月秋高仰仙桂; 六旬人健比喬松。
    甲子重新如山如阜;春秋不老大德大年。

    family
                picture

    我們歡聚一堂,共享當晚的歡樂時光。

    表弟羅宏學及女婿周宇閃就熱情大方地做起了司儀,表弟羅宏學說:「我們代表所有親朋好友向湛哥送上最真誠、最温馨的祝福, 祝湛哥福如東海、壽比南山、健康 如意、福樂綿綿、笑口常開、益壽廷年。」

    表弟羅宏學繼續說:「六十歲係一個很特別的日子,一甲子過來,湛哥佢積累的最大財富係佢勤勞善良的樸素品格, 佢寬厚待人的處世之道,佢嚴愛有加的樸實家風。 所有呢地,伴隨他經歷了六十年的歲月,更伴隨他迎來了今日的幸福生活。 咁多年來他以嚴細認真的品質在工作上獲得早巨大的成功。他將孝心獻給了父母、將愛心和關心獻給了家人、將誠心獻給了朋友。 請大家用熱烈的掌聲,為湛哥送上無窮無盡的祝福。」

    余美湛主席看起來很年輕,充滿了三十歲年輕人的活力和清晰的思路,真令人很難想到已經六十歲了。 我們乾杯共祝美湛主席生日快樂、身體健康、年年有今日、歲歲有今朝。 最後所有人一同齊聲唱著輕快的生日快樂歌及分享巨型的生日蛋糕。

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    温哥華余風采堂舉辦秋祭

    秋高氣爽,農曆二零零八年九月初九的重陽節就要到了!

    在古代,民間在重陽有登高的風俗,故重陽節又叫「登高節」。 在這一天,人們登高望遠,思念親人。 重陽節又名秋祭,今年即公曆十月七日(星期二)。

    在這個傳統佳節即將來臨之際,温哥華余風采堂於九月二十八日(星期日)中午十二時在溫哥華菲沙街山景墓園舉辦二零零八年秋祭活動。

    「秋祭」 當日藍天白雲,陽光普照。 余氏宗親就紛紛齊集山景墓園的華人公共祭壇「安魂亭」,踴躍參與祭拜先僑,以紀念昔日開基祖先,展現華人慎終追遠、 思親孝親優良傳統精神美德。

    到場參與者包括加拿大余風采總堂副主席余錦文、顧問余錫儒、溫哥華風采堂主席余美湛、顧問余詠本伉儷、書記余榮燊、 副主席余ㄠd、財政余柏寧、青年組余漢 銳、宗親余錫L伉儷、余景威等。

    祭先僑禮畢,宗親們前往堂所禮堂聚餐,以敦睦宗誼。

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    余風采總分堂代表出席國慶晚會

    celebrating
                Peoples Republic of China's 59th Anniversary   神舟七號

    温哥華中華會館聯合僑團暨各界人士、包括余風采總分堂代表,於九月二十八日(星期日)晚六時三十分, 在華埠富大海鮮酒家設宴慶祝中華人民共和國建國五十九周年、 祝賀北京奧運會和殘奧會取得圓滿成功暨神舟七號載人航天飛行成功地實現了「准確入軌、正常運行,出艙活動圓滿、 安全健康返回」的任務目標。

    剛剛抵溫履新的中國駐温哥華副總領事李文慈女士偕同僑務領事陳日彪先生和領事王堅先生專程蒞臨慶祝晚會。

    晚會開始由吳俊譽先生和 吳小盼 女士擔任司儀,主持宴會秩序。吳小盼女士是一位化學家及新時代電視之節目主持人。

    「祖國繁榮安定」、「中加友誼長青」

    宴會程序包括鳴炮、由加西中國國術總會領頭的醒獅團賀慶表演、陳建中先生領唱的中加國歌、 中華會館理事長鄭宗勵與中領館副總領事李文慈上台, 從醒獅口裡拉 出一對大紅對聯,上頭寫著「祖國繁榮安定」、「中加友誼長青」,贏得全場喝采。

    應邀出席的加國三級政要雲集,聯邦國會議員包括杜新志、陳卓瑜,省議員李燦明,市議員則包括周炯華、雷建華等。

    加拿大余風采總堂和溫哥華余風采堂代表也有到場致賀。代表包括總堂副主席余錦文、顧問余錫儒、書記余榮燊、交際主任余耀祥, 分堂主席余美湛、副主席余金 星、副主席余ㄠd、婦女組主任余碧瑜姑、核數主任余漢銳和財政主任余柏寧。

    温哥華中華會館理事長鄭宗勵致歡迎詞,歡迎李文慈副總領事和各界華僑華人 出席當晚晚會,體現出海外同胞一條心,為支持祖國而努力。 鄭宗勵強調今年初中國在雪災和四川震災之際,中華會館發動募捐,盡棉薄之力。 他又表示,「神舟七號」載人航天飛行任務獲得圓滿成功,是中國成功舉辦北京夏季奧運會後又一舉世矚目的輝煌盛事, 讓全世界看到了中國的實力和中國人為世界作出的貢獻,作為海外華人,深為祖國感到驕傲。

    「神舟七號」太空人翟志剛「神舟七號」太空人劉伯明「神舟七號」太空人景海鵬

    副總領事李文慈女士感謝僑界的支持,並用粵語向來賓問好,拉近了她與僑界的距離。 在致詞中她提到,中國二零零八年迎接許多喜事,包括京奧圓滿成功、神七升空,同時也面臨許多挑戰如雪災、震災。 她又說,今年是華人進入加拿大一百五十周 年,華人為加拿大的多元文化,譜寫了光輝一頁。 最後李文慈祝願溫哥華的華人同胞事業順利,闔家安康。她希望未來一年,中國繼續富強安康,也寄望中加關係繁榮昌盛。

    當晚的國慶文娛節目表演亦十分精彩,文娛節目由中國商會會長鍊子喬先生及吳小盼女士主持, 節目包括士達孔拿舞蹈團的中國民族舞蹈、琵琶獨奏、男女聲獨唱、合唱等。

    余柏寧報告


    余風采堂耆英組慶祝秋冬兩季生日會暨午餐聯歡會


    温哥華余風采堂耆英組於二零零八年十月十一日(星期六)中午十二時假唐人街「花園海鮮酒家」舉行今年下半年耆英生日會。


    到會者有總堂余根洙主席、分堂余美湛主席伉儷、余錫儒顧問伉儷、總分堂各理事及各男女耆英等五十人。

     

    筵開五席,由耆英組余李翠燕及余瑞芝主持,首先祝賀當屆下半年生日的耆英福如東海、壽比南山、年年有今日、歲歲有今朝、 同時亦祝賀當日到座的全體會員身體健康。 隨即分派當屆生日的會員每人生日麵一份。隨後酒家員工上菜,除有各種點心外,特別呈上有炸子雞及壽包以應節, 大家都高高興興的盡情慶歡樂的生日會。

    耆英組余李翠燕及余瑞芝報告


    風采總分堂暨風采校友會共聚互賀佳節

    一年一度的聖誕節又到了,聖誕節是加拿大傳統盛大節日。


    風采總分堂暨風采校友會於十二月十四日(星期日)上午十一時半在堂所一同聯歡,風采堂內充滿著過節氣氛。


    聯歡會活動節目以輕鬆、娛樂、歡快、聊天、祥和為基調,以聯絡宗親感情為主題。 參加的來賓會共聚一堂,享用豐盛聖誕美食午餐、一齊歡樂暨卡拉OK 歌唱。


    加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙及温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛歡迎大家出席這場聯歡午餐,期待藉此機會,多多聯繫溝通,增進情誼, 並祝願出席人士聖誕快樂、身體 健康、工作順利。

     

    然後大家一齊品嚐由福利組的ㄠd叔安排的美味佳肴自助午餐,到場參加聚餐的宗親、馬氏世表、謝氏世表、堂員、耆英及校友們, 各人乘興而來,盡興而歸。

    多謝各校友與眾親友們均盡量撥冗,踴躍前來支持及一齊慶祝這個聖誕聯歡聚會。

    余柏寧報告


    Consul General of the PRC in Vancouver visits the YFT Society of Canada

    總領事楊強贈送紀念品

    As the 2008 Spring Festival, or the Chinese lunar New Year (4706) - the Year of the Rat is drawing near, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver, Mr. Yang Qiang, accompanied by Deputy Consul General Mr. Li Bao Guang, Consul Mr. Chen Ri Biao, Vice-Consuls Mr. Li Yu Liang and Mr. Wang Jian, visited Vancouver Chinatown's Chinese Community and the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada on Thursday, January 3rd.

    Chairman Kan Yu and members of the YFT Society of Canada Board of directors warmly welcomed their arrival.

    Consul General Yang Qiang made his New Year Greetings speech and presented the Society with a New Year's gift.

    Martin Yee


    Canada YFT hosted Spring Get Together Dinner

    The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada hosted a get-together Dinner for the officers and spouses before the arrival of the traditional Chinese Spring Festival.

    This year the get-together dinner was held at the King's Chinese Cuisine Restaurant on Main Street, on Monday, January 14.



    Both Chairman Kan Yu and Vice Chairman Jim Yee came by our tables and gave toasts, wishing everyone a healthy and a prosperous New Year.

    After dinner, we all went home happily. We were all looking forward for the upcoming events in the Year of the Rat, which includes the Spring Banquet and the 104th anniversary celebration of YFT Society of Canada on February 23rd and the Canada YFT Convention in Edmonton in August.

    Martin Yee


    Canada YFT Representatives Attended CSHBA Press Conference

    CSHBA press Conference

    A well-attended press conference was held on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 E. Pender St., Vancouver, to announce the formation of the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association and their plans for rehabilitating the society owned heritage buildings and revitalizing Chinatown.

    The Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association is a non-profit society formed early this year. It is made up of representatives from the societies that own heritage buildings in Chinatown and other members. Some of its goals include assisting and encouraging Chinese societies to renovate their heritage buildings to enrich the cultural heritage of Chinatown and Vancouver and to preserve the history and culture of the Chinese Canadian community; to determine the collective needs and concerns of the society owners, to raise funds to support heritage building conservation and restoration efforts; to solicit support from government, charitable foundations and private corporations and to educate the public on heritage conservation and preservation, etc.

    The society owned heritage buildings form an important cultural legacy of Chinatown and Vancouver.

    In June 2007, the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, with support from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, held a fundraising dinner and raised over $70,000 for the renovation of the heritage buildings. This money will be donated to the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association to conduct feasibility studies for the renovation projects.

    The YFT Society of Canada building on 226 East Georgia Street, Vancouver is classified as one of these Society owned heritage buildings. The other Society owned Heritage buildings in Chinatown  include the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, Shon Yee Benevolent Association of Canada (May Wah Hotel), Chinese Nationalist League of Canada (Kuomingtang Building), Mah Benevolent Society, Wong's Benevolent Association (2 buildings - Mon Keang Chinese School and Han Shen Building), Yue Shan Society, Cheung Wing Yeong Tong Benevolent Association (Jang Building), Chin Wing Chun Tong Society, Lim Sai Hor (Kow Mock) Benevolent Association and Lung Kung Tin Yee Association.

    The YFT Society of Canada Chairman, Mr. Kan Yu and Vice Chairman, Mr. Jim Yee attended this very significant Press Conference.

    Jim Yee was really impressed with this Press Conference, he gave special credits to Vancouver City's Social Planner, Mr. George Hui for his preparation of the press release materials, Senior Planner, Ms. Helen Ma for her story boards and Senior Planner, Ms. Jessica Chen for creating just enough interest on the February 14 plan release without giving away any details.

    Credits also go to the CSHBA interim chairman and the Mah Society of Canada Chairman, Mr. Fred Mah, Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee Chairman, Mr. Rick Lam, the Mah Benevolent Society of Vancouver Chairman, Mr. William Mah, and the YFT Society of Canada Chairman, Mr. Kan Yu for their continous efforts to promote this worthwhile CSHBA project.

    Hopefully the revitalization initiative and the vision of the CSHBA for Vancouver Chinatown will soon become a reality. These heritage buildings and their society owners will benefit in the long run if the owners will participate and follow the CSHBA's blueprint. Afterall, the restoration of their buildings will eventually help to restore Vancouver Chinatown's vibrancy.

    Chinatown should be a place where people can learn about its history and at the same time, see it as a part of our modern day cityscape!

    With the revitalization of Chinatown's streetscape, it will definitely attract more younger people and more tourists from all over the world to come to our Chinatown.

    With the 2010 Winter Olympics just around the corner, let's get these heritage buildings revitalization projects underway so we can showcase our revitalized Vancouver Chinatown to the world!

    Martin Yee


    Consulate General of the PRC in Vancouver hosted 2008 Spring Festival Banquet

    A celebration banquet for the 2008 Chinese Spring Festival was hosted by the Consulate General of the People's Republic of Vancouver on Friday, February 1st at the Floata Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant was very crowded, the atmosphere was both lively and great!

    Fung Toy Alumni with YFT members at
                    2008 PRC Spring Banquet

    Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada (represented by Kan Yu and Wing Yee), members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver (represented by Jim Yee, James Yu and Martin Yee) and members of the Fung Toy Alumni (represented by Wai Fong Yee, Yuen J. Yee and Rose Yee) attended this festive event.

    Emcees for the evening event were Vice Consul Li Yuliang and Vice Consul Zheng Liping.

    The dinner and the entertainment program were superb! Hightlight of the evening Gala were the songs specially composed by Mr. Tang Kangnian, for the Beijing Olympic - "One World One Dream" and the Vancouver Olympic -  "Vancouver I love You", sang by a tenor soloist.

    Martin Yee


    Vancouver Fung Toy Alumni Spring Banquet

    The Vancouver Fung Toy Alumni Association held its annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 28, 2008 at the Golden Swan Restaurant. Over 100 guests attended this annual event.


    Alumni President Wai Hing Yee welcomes everyone.

    Phillip Yu and wife, Wayne Yee and wife
                    enjoyed their dinner.   Esther Yue sang Karaoke during
                    the evening.

    Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada and the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver also attended. Besides a fabulous banquet, we all enjoyed a wonderful entertaiment program during the evening, watching an "Umbrella Dance" performed by the Alumni, and karaoke singing by the Alumni, and by a few members of the Yee Fung Toy Society including James Yu, duets of Wayne Yee and Phillip Yu, and Esther Yue.

    Door prizes were drawn near the end of the banquet. Everyone went home happy.

    Martin Yee


    Ching Ming in Vancouver

    2008 yft Ching Ming 07

    The Chinese Pavillion at Mountainview Cemetery was crowded with several Societies awaiting for their turn to do their Ching Ming rite on Sunday, March 30.

    2008 Ching Ming 02   2008 Ching Ming 00

    Around 30 members of the YFT Society of Vancouver and their relatives arrived at the Chinese Pavilion on time and waited for our turn.

    Our memorial service officially began as Mr. Steven Yee and his volunteers made preparations: candles and incense sticks were lit, fruits, roast pigs, chicken, dim sum, etc, and liquor were laid down on the ceremonial altar. Advisor Dick Yee read the memorial ceremony oration this year. Canada Chairman Mr. Kan Yu, Vancouver Chairman Mr. Jim Yee, Canada Vice Chairman Mr. Gary Yee, Secretary Mr. Wing Yee, Vancouver YFT Advisor Mr. Wayne Yee, Vancouver YFT Vice-Chair James Yu, Vancouver YFT directors Mr. Phillip Yu, Martin Yee and David Yee took turns to pay homage to our ancestors, Mr. George Yee set off the firecrackers as the ceremony ended.

    We all headed back to the Society Hall after the ceremony.

     

    Our Annual General Meeting was held around 1:30pm, after all of our members were signed in and seated. There was a large turn out of members. The AGM went well. It took only 30 minutes. Lunch was ready before we finished our meeting.

    Luncheon started

    Special thanks to our Vice-Chair and Welfare Director, Mr. Steven Yee, who organized this year's Ching Ming celebration event, thanks to those who attended the celebration and the AGM, and special thanks to Judy Yee (有任嫂) for providing pastries and oranges for our desserts.

    Jim Yee


    The Taishan Baisha Town Mo Kai Middle School Scholarship Presentation

    臺山市白沙鎮武溪中學舉行獎教獎學金頒獎大會

    嘉賓們為孔子銅像揭幕

    Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver member, Mr. Ping Shang Yu (5th from the left) was among the honored guests for the Kong Zi ( Confucius ) bronze statue unveiling in 2007 at the Mo Kai Middle School.


    Vancouver YFT Seniors Birthday Luncheon

    A luncheon for the Senior members of the Vancouver YFT Society was held on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at the Garden Villa Seafood Restaurant.

    A special day to celebrate the birthdays of its seniors members who were born between the January and June months of any year.


    Approximately 50 Senior members and their friends attended this birthday party.

     

    Seniors Committee Vice Chair, Mr. Shui Chi Yu, emceed the luncheon event. He thanked all the attendees for their participation and wished all the seniors a very happy birthday.

    The Dim Sum lunch was very delicious, everyone enjoyed the tasty beef and Gai Lan dish, special chicken chow mein, fried rice, har gau, congee, and longivity buns. The Seniors birthday celebration also included the distribution of long-life noodles.

    Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Shui Chi Yu, Mr. Steven Yee for arranging this bi-annual event.

    Martin Yee


    Tse Clansman Association of Vancouver 33rd Anniversary Celebration

    Tse Clansman Association 33rd
                    Anniversary celebration

    Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada and the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver were invited by their Tse cousins to join them for  their celebration of their 33rd Anniversary and the Women's Committee 15th Anniversary on Sunday, May 4th, 2008.

    Our Tse cousins held their Ancestor ceremony at noon in their Association Hall on 740 East Hastings Street. Eleven members of the YFT Society attended this event.

    YFT attendees   YFT attendees

    The evening Anniversary gala was held at the Floata Seafood Restaurant, Twenty members of the YFT Society participated, including YFT Society of Canada Chairman Mr. Kan Yu, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Yee, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Yee, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Yee, Mr. and Mrs. Wing Yee, Mr. and Mrs. Shui Chi Yu, Mr. and Mrs. George Yee, Steven Yee, James Yu, Martin Yee, David Yee, Esther Yue, Stan Yee and his dad.

    Toasting Time.

    The evening banquet was hosted by Mr. Chia Su-Ping and Ms. Xie Cui Ting.

    The dinner program include a Lion dance and a Martial Arts demonstration by the members of the Chew Luen Society Athletics Club, Welcoming speech by Tse Association President Lawrence Der, Guest speakers include PRC Vice-Consul Mr. Wang Jian, B.C. MLA Mr. Richard Lee, Vancouver City Councillors Mr. George Chow and Mr. Raymond Louie.

    YFT attendees   YFT attendees

    The evening entertainment atmosphere was fantastic, with guests singing their favorite Karaoke songs.

    Martin Yee

    Happy 70th Birthday! Chairman Kan Yu

    Mr. Kan Yu toasting at our table

    June 6th 2008 was a day to remember, a day to celebrate our beloved and respectful friend Kan Yu's 70th birthday. Kan is the current Chairman of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada, the Advisor of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver. He is also the Vice Chairman of the World Yee Family Association. The celebration dinner was held at the famous "Western Lake Chinese SeaFood Restaurant" on Victoria Drive in the City of Vancouver.

    The celebration banquet was organized by Kan's three children, Wayne, Raymond, Cindy and their spouses, and his eleven grandchildren. Among the guests are friends and relatives from the local community and from the different States of U.S.A. The atmosphere was filled with the fragrance of XO cognac and beautiful flower with vibrant colors. The evening was unfolded with an opening remarks by Kan's brother-in-laws, Mr. John Mo, who came all the way from Los Angeles and Mr. Art Yee. Wayne, Kan's first born child paid tribute to his father, thanked him for his love and guidance through all these years, and wished his father a happy birthday as well as a relaxing retirement.

    The grandchildren highlighted the evening with door prizes and a power point presentation. The black and white slides, the childhood of the grandchildren, the pictures of Kan and his family in the 70s, revealed the old and sweet memories. Raymond, the second child gave acknowledgement remarks to the guests for their thoughtful gifts and participation of the event.

    dinner guests   Jim Yee and James Yu making
                    their congratulatory speeches

    Jim Yee and James Yu, the current YFT Chairman and Vice Chairman of the YFT Society of Vancouver, also spoke a few words from the bottom of their hearts. They gave recognitions to Kan for his dedication to the Yee Family Association in Canada and also his involvements in the World Yee Organization. Apart from being a good father and grandfather figure, Kan is a successful leader in the YFT and the Chinese Community. He is also known to be a Martial Art artist in the White Crane style and serves as an advisor on the board.

    The evening was ended with the birthday cake cutting along with the singing of "Happy Birthday" by all the people attended the dinner. Each and everyone enjoyed a piece of the delicious cake and went home with a joyful heart in celebrating Kan's 70th birthday.

    James Yu


    Celebrating Ancestor Chung-Sheung's 1008th birthday

    Ancestor Day ceremony at the YFT Hall

    The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada celebrated Ancestor Chung-Sheung's 1008th birthday on Saturday, June 14, 2008.

       

    After the ritual, Chairman Kan Yu gave a short speech regarding Ancestor Chung-Sheung's history, and wish everyone in attendance good health.

       

    We all had a delicious lunch after the ceremony.

    Martin Yee


    Vancouver YFT 2008 Summer Picnic

     

    This year the Vancouver YFT Society Annual Summer Picnic was held at the Trout Lake Park on July 6th (Sunday) at noon.

     

    The Vancouver YFT members, their families, Yee Fung Toy Alumni, the YFT Seniors Group, relatives and the Mah cousins spent an enjoyable afternoon together. The turnout was excellent and the weather was just perfect this year.


    We would like to thank Steven Yee and George Yee for organizing this annual event once more. A great job well done!

    Vancouver YFT Chairman Jim Yee also announced that William Ma of the Mah Society of Vancouver welcomes the youths of the Vancouver YFT Society to join the Mah Athletic Association of Vancouver's Kung Fu and Lion dance classes, for those youths who are interested please contact Jim.

     
     

    After a delicious lunch was served, everyone was eagerly awaiting for the drawing of the raffle tickets.

    Martin Yee

    YFT Society of Canada Representatives Attended "Building A Cultural Legacy Fund" Press Conference

    YFT Society of Canada Chairman Kan Yu and Vice-Chairman Jim Yee attended the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association (CSHBA) press conference on Friday, July 11, 2008 in the Boardroom of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver (50 E. Pender Street). Where the CSHBA announced the creation of the "Building A Cultural Legacy Fund".

    The Fund will be created by the Association from the proceeds raised from the Building A Cultural Legacy Fundraising Event held in June 2007 by the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

    The purpose of this Fund is to help society owners of Chinatown based Heritage Buildings conduct "Feasibility Studies" for their building revitalization projects. The rules and regulations for application to the Fund will be announced. The Fund will complement City of Vancouver's Chinatown Society Buildings Planning Grant Program approved by City Council in February 2008. The Grant Program is a funding partnership in which the applicant society contributes a minimum of $20,000 for a maximum $100,000 matching grant from the City.

    Since Council approval, YFT Society of Canada (226 East Georgia Street) , Mah Society of Canada (137-139 East Pender Street) , Lim Sai Hor (Kow Mock) Benevolent Association (525-531 Carall Street) , Shon Yee Benevolent Association of Canada (254 East Pender Street) and Chinese Nationalist League of Canada (525 Gore Avenue) have submitted applications for the Grant Program. Allocation of the grants will be decided by City Council. City staff will be present to provide an update on the Grant Program implementation.

    The Building A Cultural Legacy Fund is created from the fundraising proceeds to help offset Feasibility Study costs incurred by societies. The volunteer based CSHBA, who will manage the Legacy Fund management and will ensure fair and equitable distribution of funds.

    Incorporated as a non-profit society in May 2008, the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association is a volunteer run organization representing the societies that own Heritage Buildings focused on revitalizing the physical cultural legacy of the Chinatown community.

    Building a Cultural Legacy Cheque
                    Presentation

    Let us not forget the centre piece of the press conference, the $75,601 "cheque". Thanks to Dana Mah and William Ma (despite being jet-lagged form returning from Montreal just a day earlier) for designing and creating it. And Rick Lam's MC research for introducing each speaker should not go unnoticed. This personal touch certainly added colour to the proceedings, something that I am sure the audience appreciated.

    The press conference was a direct result of what happened at Council Chambers on Thursday afternoon, when the Standing Committee of Council on Planning and Environment unanimously passed the report for Phase 1 Grants Approval. We all realize what a huge milestone this is for the Chinatown Societies. Personally, a sense of empowerment hit me as I listened to Tanis Knowles delivering her well written report, Fred adding a few well chosen remarks as a registered speaker, and the Councilors each voicing their supportive comments and friendly questions.

    Kan Yu and I relayed the good news to the Yee Fung Toy Society at a Board meeting on July 12th. I told my fellow Directors that whereas most non-Chinese Councilors did not know what a Chinatown Society was before this Grant Program, they do now (especially with the gound breaking work that Jessica Chen, George Hui, Helen Ma and Fred Mah have done over the years) . I told them that both City Council and staff have the long term well being of the Societies in mind as evidenced by the ongoing incentives, grants and support, and it is up to us to put our heart into facing the challeges and realizing some common goals. I will take this same message to the 15th Canadian Yee National Convention in Edmonton next month.

    Jim Yee

    YFT Society of Canada and YFT Society of Vancouver Delegates at the 15th National Convention

    全加余風采堂第十五屆懇親大會在點問頓舉行,各地代表參加盛會並且留影。
    For a larger image please click above photo to enlarge

    Both the YFT Society of Canada delegates and the YFT Society of Vancouver delegates attended the 15th National Convention held at Edmonton recently. Here are some memorable photos of the YFT Society of Canada delegates and their spouses taken at the opening ceremony on August 7th, 2008.

    Chairman Mr. Kan Yu and spouse Advisor Dick Yee and Spouse

    Members of the YFT Society of Canada and the YFT Society of Vancouver express their appreciation to all the hard working members of the YFT Society of Edmonton,  we would like to thank everyone here for their great and warm hospitality, especially Chairman Frank Yee, Vice-Chairs Ying Hua Yu, Ken Yu, Kwai Wa Yee, Tin Tao Yee and Convention tour guides Tony Yee and Ken Yu.

     

    John Yee, past president of the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association (ECBEA), suggested the idea of creating a strategic alliance between the Yee Fung Toy Society (YFT) and a community group such as parents advocating bilingual Chinese education in the public school system in Vancouver. As the Edmonton's Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual program (http://www.ecbea.org/) has been phenomenally successful.

     

    We would like to thank our Mah cousins in Edmonton, they invited all of us to a banquet at the Miramar  Restaurant on August 6th and lunch at the Century Palace Restaurant on August 11th.  We visited their Society Hall on August 7th.

     

    Special thanks to our photographers Jerome Yu, Christina Yu and two other members of their group.

    Also thanks to our bus driver Barry! He was friendly and courteous.

     

    Convention Delegates met behind closed doors for three days at the Edmonton Sutton Place Hotel Conference Room, seven proposals were presented. One of these proposals was later withdrawn by the presenter, the rest of the proposals were passed unanimously after a call for discussion and a motion to accept or reject them.

    Vice-Chair Wayne Yee and Spouse Vice-Chair Gary Yee and Spouse
    Secretary Wing Yee and spouse Treasurer James Yu

    The most important proposal presented at the convention by the YFT Society of Canada delegates - to conduct a $20,000 "Feasibility Studies" of the Society Headquarter Building was passed unanimously.



    The 15th National Convention was a very fruitful event that provided an memorable experience for all those attended. We all look forward seeing everyone at the 2012 YFT Society of Canada 16th National Convention to be held in Vancouver.

    Toasting to everyone at the closing
                      ceremony banquet

    Overall, we have a very good convention, everyone seemed to have a good time. Delegates work very hard before, during and after the convention to make it a success. For a Chinese report of the Convention, please view the Edmonton Chapter's report.
    Martin Yee

    Providing a Helping Hand to the Parents of Drowned SFU Student Huichun Yu

    On Saturday morning (September 6, 2008) I went with Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Chairman Kan Yu and Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Board Director Martin Yee to the Vancouver International Airport to meet three strangers from China. It all started three weeks ago, on a hot Saturday afternoon (August 16). According to mainstream media reports:

    Manning Park, British Columbia

    "Police say a 29-year-old Chinese exchange student was on a hiking trip in Manning Park with six or seven fellow students when he decided to cool off on Saturday at about 2 p.m.

    Searchers found his body about 20 minutes later.

    Bystanders performed CPR for about 90 minutes on the third-year science student but he could not be revived. He was airlifted to the Royal Columbian Hospital where he was pronounced dead hours later."

    There were no names or other details in the initial reports. The student was Huichun Yu. He was from Jiangxi Province and on his third year at SFU completing his PhD degree in Chemistry. His fellow students started a fundraising campaign to enable his parents to travel to Canada for his final arrangements, and got the attention of the Chinese media, which published his name in Chinese. When we found out his surname was Yu, he was no longer just an unfortunate exchange student from China who drowned. He was one of us. His family must need help badly. We held an impromptu meeting of interested Board and Committee members on September 2, and raised close to $1,000. We had made contact earlier with PRC Overseas Chinese Affairs Office's Vice-Consul Mr. Li Yuliang, and now we also contacted the student that Vice-Consul Li gave us a contact for. We were told Huichuns' family will be arriving on September 4. Later Vice-Consul Li confirmed the family was due to arrive on September 6 at 11 AM.

    We came with an envelope containing 1,000 Canadian dollars, which Vice-Consul Li suggested would be most useful for the family who has never traveled outside of China. We were the first ones at the airport. Later Vice-Consul Li, two students, and Shirley Leung, Director of Community Development and Liaison from SUCCESS and her husband joined us. Vice-Consul held up a sign with Huichun's name. The three of them (father, mother, and mother's brother) came out at 11:30, each carrying only a small bag and no checked in luggage. Once we introduced ourselves, Mrs. Yu cannot stop crying, grief spilling out of her as she tried to tell us more about her son. Huichun was a brilliant student. He was due to complete his degree and had invited his family to attend his graduation. His parents never dreamed they would travel to Canada to attend his funeral. Earlier Shirley had told us the family is from rural areas and had to borrow heavily to send their son to university, with the expectation Huichun would graduate and pay back the debts. They had no money to travel, and their trip to Vancouver was made possible by a donation of 180,000 Asian Airmiles from a former SUCCESS Board member (plus over $2,000 in taxes paid by SUCCESS itself). A trust fund has been set up by the SFU students to help raise money for the Family of Huichun Yu. The students’ campaign has raised $7,000 so far, and they will also look after their board and lodging.

    We presented the $1,000 to Mr. Yu, and promised we will be raising more money that we will give them before they leave Canada. Kitty Mar (Kitty's Beauty Studio) also sent a cheque for $1,000 that Vice-Consul Li presented. Of course no amount of money will bring back their son, but we hope that they will not burdened with financial worries on top of their unspeakable grief.

    On Sunday, September 7th, Shirley Leung of SUCCESS accompanied the family on a visit to the accident site in Manning Park, at their request.

    In the mean time, our Tse and Mah cousins have also been fundraising on their own to help Huichun Yu's family after this tragic accident. Many thanks to our cousins for their generous support!

    Cousin Mahs present donations to
                    Huichun YU's parents

    September 8th, Monday, our Tse and Mah cousins presented their donations to Huichun Yu's family at their Society Hall.

    September 10th, Wednesday, Shirley Leung of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. told me there will be a press conference at the SUCCESS Board Room 314, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre, at 10:30am on Thursday, September 11th. The SFU student friends and the family of Huichun Yu will be present to announce their funeral service plans (Friday 10:00 at Glenhaven) and they will thank the donors for their generous support.

    Press Conference Agenda details as provided by Shirley Leung.

    Facilitator: Miss Rachel Xi, President, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, SFU.
    1) Opening Remark: Miss Rachel Xi .
    2) Remarks:
    2.1 Representative of CSSA, SFU,
    2.2 Vice-Consul Li Yuliang of the PRC Consulate General of Vancouver,
    2.3 Mr. Kan Yu, Chairman of the YFT Society of Canada, and Mr. Jim Yee, Chairman of the YFT Society of Vancouver.
    2.4 Representative of Care Society.
    2.5 S.U.C.C.E.S.S.'s representative - Shirley Leung.
    3) Mr. and Mrs. Yu.
    4) Question and Answer period.

    The Chinese Benevolent Association, the Mah Benevolent Society of Vancouver, and the TSE CLANSMAN Association of Vancouver, will send representatives to attend the Press Conference.

    At the
                  SUCCESS Press Conference - September 11, 2008

    September 11th, Thursday, Press Conference at SUCCESS: Media reps from Omni News (formerly Channel M), AM1320, AM1470, and Ming Pao were present.

    The media conference was covered by Channel M (now Omni News) on Thursday's Cantonese and Mandarin newscast at 9 PM and 8 PM. Ming Pao Daily News also covered it in the following link:

    http://www.mingpaovan.com/htm/News/20080912/vas1h.htm

    The key message at the press conference from the Yee Fung Toy Society is that Huichun Yu is a member of our extended Yee (Yu, or Yue) Family, and we appeal to our members in Vancouver to donate to the Huichun's parents who have arrived from China. Huichun's parents have poured all their resources including selling their home and borrowing heavily, to support their son's education in China and in Canada, with the expectation that Huichun would graduate and help to repay all debts as well as support his parents in their retirement years. We hope that our small donations will help not only with the immediate expenses while Huichun's family is in Canada, but will also help them with paying off debts and make their life a little easier upon their return to China.

    "Without the generous donation from Care Society, Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the Chinese community, we won't be able to bid our last farewell to our son", said Huichun Yu's parents. The YU family appreciated the Chinese media and community for their great support.

    After the reporters left the room we presented $3000 to the parents.

    September 12th, Friday, funeral service was held at Glenhaven Memorial Chapel on 1835 E Hastings St.

    http://www.mingpaovan.com/htm/News/20080913/vas2.htm

    After the funeral service at Glenhaven (handled entirely by the SFU students) and attended by Lawrence Der (President of Tse Clansman Association of Vancouver), Gary, Kan, Kai Hong and me and cremation at the Vancouver Crematorium, we went to the Flower Garden Restaurant for a late lunch (Shirley invited only the family, friends, and the YFT - Kan, Kai Hong, and me, about 18 in total).


    September 14th, Sunday, family members of Huichun Yu, two SFU students, SUCCESS's Shirley Leung and her husband, visited us at the Society Hall around 2pm.

    Kan Yu showed our guests some
                    historical pictures.

    We had a friendly chat together. We all stood for a three minutes of silence before the meeting, paying respect to Huichun. Chairman Kan Yu gave a wonderful speech, comforting the parents. The parents was very grateful, bowed and thanked everyone. Later, we presented the Huichun Yu parents with more donations collected from our fundraising, after a photo session, we all had some pastries and tea together.


    We learned from the parents that they will be heading home on Wednesday, September 17th. We wished them all the best and have a safe journey home!

    Jim Yee


    The Dynamic Chairman's 60th Birthday

    Happy Birthday! Chairman Jim Yee

    A lot of people were surprised when they learn that Jim has turned 60. He looks like he is in his 40s. It has a lot to do with his discipline in living with a healthy life. Jim has a set schedule on a daily basis to perform his mental and physical activities. He would spend no least than half an hour in swimming to strengthen his heart and lung functions as well as to tone his muscles in shape. On a weekly basis, he studies Chi Kung with Sifu Lawrence Der「宇宙氣功學會」. Chi kung「氣功」is a form exercise of breathing with your mind and meditates with your soul to ensure harmony with the universe. I have witnessed Jim performed fire walking with his beloved wife Betty through the burnt ashes partly in red with a smile. This couple is willing to go anywhere as long as they go hand in hand.

     

    On September 16th 2008, we are invited to celebrate Jim's 60th birthday at the Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant. Among his families, relatives and friends are the board of directors of the YFT Society. We also have our former chairman, Judge Bill Yee and his wife Carol attended the dinner. Jim's son-in-law Shimer Chau and Jim's cousin Peter Loo were co-emcees for the evening.

    Emcees Shimer Chau and Peter Loo

    Jim shared with us a very unique bottle of Chinese spirit which is a gift from our Chinese teacher who is now living in Edmonton. Jim dressed in a Chinese suit and with a glass of wine in his hand when he came to our table. We found out that Judge Bill Yee and Jim were schoolmates in high school as well as in UBC. It has been almost 35 years after their graduations from the university. Jim is now the current chairman of the YFT Society of Vancouver. He has a mission to blend the old traditional way of communication with the new high tech Informational Technology together. This is how the YFT quarterly magazine e-version online was found.

     

    I am mostly touched when I learnt that Jim and Betty have decided to donate a monetary gift in the amount of $1,800.00 Canadian to help Huichun Yu's family. They have shown their generosity and kindness to the people who are in a desperate situation. As a member and director of the YFT Association, I'm very proud that our leaders have broken through the traditional way of caring only for its members. We have now gone beyond our boundary and reached out to the community with our love.

     

    Jim has retired from his computer science career recently. He is now enjoying his relaxing family life with his wife Betty. They enjoy going on vacations, traveling around the world with friends every year. Their daughters have also grown up, graduated from university and have their own families.

    I wish Jim and Betty a happy and meaningful retirement. Sixty is only a milestone of your life and a new and lengthy journey has just unfolded in front of you.

    James Yu


    Vancouver YFT Celebrates 2008 Chongyang Festival


    Members of the YFT Society of Canada and Vancouver celebrates the Chongyang Festival at noon on Sunday, September 28 at the Mountainview Cemetery Chinese Pavilion.


    Vancouver YFT Vice-Chair and Welfare Committee Director Mr. Steven Yee arranged the ceremony with his group of volunteers, in attendance were YFT Society of Canada Vice Chairman Mr. Gary Yee, Secretary Wing Yee, Advisor Mr. Dick Yee, YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman Mr. Jim Yee, Advisor Mr. Waye Yee and his wife, Youth Committee Chairman Mr. David Yee, Treasurer Martin Yee, Director Mr. George Yee and his wife, King Wai Yee of the YFT Society of Vancouver.

     
     

    After the ceremony is over, we all drove to the YFT House for a hearty and delicious afternoon buffet lunch. Special thanks to Mrs. Wai Fong Yee for donating a roasted Suckling Pig for our ceremony.

    Martin Yee


    Vancouver YFT Seniors Birthday Luncheon


    The YFT Society of Vancouver Seniors Committee held another birthday luncheon on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Garden Villa Seafood Restaurant. It attracted 50 plus members and friends for this popular semi-annual event.

     

    A special day to celebrate the birthdays of seniors members who were born between the months of July and December.


    Seniors Committee Vice Chair, Mr. Shui Chi Yu, emceed the luncheon event. He thanked all the attendees for their participation and wished all the seniors a very happy birthday. Jim Yee, Chairman of the YFT Society of Vancouver wished all the attending seniors a very happy birthday as well as peace, joy, happiness and good health for all.

    Martin Yee


    Christmas Luncheon on December 14


    The Fung Toy Alumni, the YFT Society of Canada and the YFT Society of Vancouver co-hosted this year's Christmas luncheon at the Society Hall at 11:30 am on December 14.


    86 members and guests braved the icy cold weather and arrived at the Society Hall to celebrated this cheerful annual event.

    Mrs. Rose Yee set up the Karaoke equipment and microphones for the Christmas song singers.


    The Christmas atmosphere was very joyous and merry. The Hall was filled with Christmas decorations and the musical sounds of Christmas.

    The YFT Society of Canada Chairman, Mr. Kan Yu and the YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman, Mr. Jim Yee gave welcome speeches, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

     

    Followed by the luncheon arranged by our YFT Society Vice-Chair, Mr. Steven Yee.

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's event.

    Seasons Greetings! Merry Christmas everyone!

    Martin Yee