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全加余風釆堂複選 余根洙榮膺新屆主席

全加余風釆堂按章選舉二○一三年至二○一六年新屆理事,經已於八月七日完成,由第十六屆全加懇親大會全體代表推選出新一屆合法理事成員。

在一片和諧的氣氛下,全體理事於十二月八日進行複選新屆理事的職位。現任主席余根洙連任主席,眾望所歸。

余根洙主席熱心堂務,才華洋溢,認真負責,任內領導有方, 成績斐然,無私奉獻,帶領本堂做很多好事實事,深獲本堂全體職員的敬重擁戴及獲得全體理監事讚賞和肯定。

相信在余根洙主席的領導下, 新屆理事會一如既往地精誠團結,密切配合,齊心積極拓展堂務,共同協力發展族務, 攜手再創本堂新的一頁、共創美好的未來—更風釆!

複選結果如下:

全加余風釆堂職員表

二零一三年 至 二零一六年度

名譽顧問:
顧問:
宏榮、鳳和、健倫、超賢。
錫儒、詠本。
主席: 根洙。
副: 美湛、金星、耀祥。
理事:


根洙、美湛、金星、耀祥、啟康、纗蝖B
榮燊、錦文、萍相、冠柏、漢銳、開儀、

麗芬、翠燕、紹然、穎俊、策源、英華。
侯補理事:
小玲、瑞芝、碧瑜、兆貞。
書記: 纗蝖C
副: 榮燊。
財政: 萍相。
副: 錦文。
核數: 冠柏。
副: 開儀。
交際: 冠柏。
副: 金星。
福利: 漢銳。
副: 啟康。
樓業: 耀祥。
副: 漢銳。
婦女組: 翠燕。
副: 麗芬、小玲。
香港五堂會海外顧問:
根洙、錫儒。
海外族務發展專責小組:
根洙、美湛、錫儒、詠本、金星、纗蝖C
世界余氏宗親總會第六屆副會長:
根洙。


余纗蝟孎i

余風采總分堂新春團拜


金龍載譽辭歲去,銀蛇呈祥迎春來。余風采總分堂於二零一三年一月十五日(星期二)假温市大煌海鮮酒家舉行了新春團拜活動。

開春「團拜」的真正意義是什麼? 所謂「一年之計在於春」,而新春就是春天的開始。 一個好的開始,有好的開始一定有好的結果。

據悉,舉辦團拜的意義,除了慶賀新年之外, 有關單位也希望藉著團拜,懦陘j眾,不必勞煩大家去到每一家拜年!春節團拜了就別再“私拜”。 大家歡聚一起,聯繫感情,增進感情。 這種以“聯絡感情,增進感情”為理念和宗旨,非常有意義。 春節原本就是個祥和、團結、眾樂的節日呀!


當晚出席分享豐盛的“團年飯”活動包括總堂主席余根洙、 顧問余鍚儒伉儷、顧問余詠本伉儷、書記余纗蟡篫蛂B財政余錦文伉儷,溫哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷、 副主席余啟康、余陳小玲、余瑞芝伉儷、余碧瑜伉儷、余冠柏伉儷、余萍相伉儷、余振忠伉儷、 余超森伉儷、余榮燊伉儷、另外還有余兆貞、余慧盈、余金星及余漢銳等。 晚宴上眾人互相交流,彼此問安。


我們也歡迎出席晚會的三位世界余風釆堂青年組委員: 余寶珍、余寶玉及余尚琳。




首先總堂主席余根洙熱烈歡迎並感謝各位一直以來的支持和參與,祝賀大家蛇年吉祥、新春愉快、家庭幸福、身體健康!

家庭是華人社會的基石,一年一度的團年飯充分表現出華族家庭成員的互敬互愛, 這種互敬互愛使一家人之間的關係更為緊密。

在融洽的氣氛下眾人共享豐富的晚餐, 渡過愉快和有意義的晚上。

余兆貞、余纗蝟孎i


大學生余尚琳採訪余風采堂








卑詩大學學生余尚琳於二零一三年一月二十三日採訪余風采堂。 在二十幾年前,她的祖父母還是兩位忠誠的風采堂堂員,非常積極參與堂所活動。

直到一年前她增進了自我成長的興趣與建築學和多代人際關係論點,導致她重新回顧祖父母對堂所以往的高價值觀, 她想去瞭解有關堂所的活動,日後才獲得正向經驗。 更巧合的是,她的興趣就成了她學校的畢業論文研究主題。

余風釆堂主席ほ仁在此謹祝她學業成功、 前程似錦、 前途無限量!

附註: 余尚琳祖父余發強先生曾任余風采總堂主席的職務。

余纗蝟孎i


余風采總分堂代表出席第40屆溫哥華華埠春節宴會

余風采總分堂代表於二零一三年,二月十七日(星期日)出席了由温哥華中華會館、大温哥華中華文化中心、 温哥華華埠商會、中僑互助會、雲埠洪門機構、加拿大鐵城崇義總會聯合僑團暨各界,共同合辦的癸巳蛇年春節聯歡慶會。會上鑼鼓喧天,雄獅舞蹈,熱鬧非凡。


每年一次的溫哥華華埠新春大遊行已成為溫市的一個多元化和多族裔參加的新春大型活動。 當日天清氣爽,大遊行今次是歷屆參與人數最多的一次及規模最大的一次,為溫哥華的初春帶來了無限生機與活力。

晚宴冠蓋雲集,華裔各社團、社區代表,中國駐溫哥華領事館多位領事,三級政府都分別派員參加,一同慶祝蛇年春節。








聚集在富大海鮮酒家參與華埠癸巳年第40 屆新春宴會包括總堂主席根洙、副主席耀祥、書記纗蝖B財政萍相、福利漢銳,温哥華余風采堂主席美湛、 副主席啟康、耆英組瑞芝、瑞芝夫人、理事小玲及兆貞等。

聯邦政府代表耆老事務部部長黃陳小萍、國會議員楊蕭慧儀,卑詩省多元文化廳廳長葉志明、省議員李燦明,省議員關慧貞,溫哥華市長羅品信、市議員雷健華、 鄧劍波、鄭文宇、中華會館理事長朱展倫、中華文化中心主席鄭宗勵、中僑行政總裁周潘坤玲女士及其他華裔社團代表, 中國駐溫哥華領館總領事劉菲、香港經濟貿易處駐加西首席專員袁黃潔玲女士等一同拉響彩炮,除舊迎新,恭賀新禧。

劉菲則向所有海外華人拜年,祝福新的一年中加關係能更進一步。

席間財神爺向大家派利是, 還有各種中國新年文藝表演助慶,場面溫馨又熱鬧,將年節氣氛推上高潮。

余纗蝟孎i


溫哥華馬氏宗親會慶祝成立六十三週年紀念誌慶

馬氏世表於二月廿四日(星期日)上午十一時半左右,假馬氏宗親會大禮堂內舉行祭祖儀式暨慶祝成立六十三週年紀念典禮。


應邀出席參加紀念典禮的加拿大余風采總堂代表包括主席余根洙、書記余柏寧、財政余萍相、副財政余錦文, 溫哥華余風采堂代表包括主席余美湛、副主席余啟康、教育基金組主任余漢銳及堂員余佳卓。




祭祖儀式結束後,隨即舉行紀念典禮,典禮在輕鬆愉快的氣氛下進行,由馬建民夫人擔任司儀。 理事長馬仲鵬致歡迎詞及宣佈大會旨趣。




余根洙主席與余美湛主席先後致祝賀詞,祝賀馬氏宗親會會務興隆! 並敬祝世表宗親們龍馬精神、身體健康、家庭幸福、萬事如意。

 

春宴聯歡晚會假座華埠富大酒家,六百多位宗親及嘉賓出席。 晚會由馬偉駿先生、馬君儀小姐及馬建民夫人擔任司儀。 嘉賓包括中國駐溫哥華總領事館劉菲總領事, 香港特別行政區駐加經濟貿易辦事處首席專員袁黃潔玲女士,加國三級正要以及各僑團領導等。 嘉賓滿堂,共慶佳節,場面是非常熱鬧。

 


中國駐溫哥華總領事館劉菲總領事主持了新醒獅點睛儀式、晚會進行了舞獅、理事長馬仲鵬致歡迎詞、 嘉賓致祝賀詞及合唱等節目,還向廿一位成績優秀學生頒發了獎學金。

 

聯歡晚會在一遍歡樂的氣氛中圓滿結束,大家盡歡而散。

余纗蝟孎i


青年組代表出席振興温哥華華埠委員會遠景規劃工作坊

余風采總堂侯補理事余兆貞及溫哥華余風采堂青年組代表(余尚琳、余寶珍及黃達勤)們於二○一三年三月九日(星期六) 上午出席了假風景優美的蘭加拉高爾夫球會所舉辦之振興温哥華華埠委員會遠景規劃工作坊。 一齊分享相關的想法和意見為執行2013 年的遠景優先規劃事項。

當日遠景規劃工作坊的主持人蘇棣根(Doug Soo), 是「蘭加拉學院」前持續進修校務主任。 首先他開始解釋該工作坊的過程。 他要求出席者們找出關鍵華埠問題和振興華埠委員會可能會解決這些問題中的作用所面臨的挑戰。

溫哥華華埠振興委員會主席,譚樹康(Henry Tom)鼓勵青年組代表積極參與討論了各種各樣的問題和 面臨唐人街。 一起採用智力激勵法(Brainstorming), 一起想像,一同實踐,討論該計劃,並集思廣益,尋求維護與加強華埠社區的最佳方法,攜手搭建未來。 我們的六人討論組包括林珠狄女士 Judy Lam Maxwell(華埠振興委員會成員、歷史學家、教育家、 華埠導遊及食品顧問)、馬立名先生 (溫哥華馬氏體育會武術教練)、余尚琳、余寶珍、黃達勤以及我,余兆貞。

有關更多詳細資訊, 請參閱我們的英語版報告。





     


余兆貞報告


溫市「社區精英 華人之光」馬清石世表








余風采總分堂代表於二○一三年四月五日(星期五)出席了由加拿大馬氏宗親總會暨 溫哥華馬氏宗親會聯合舉辦之恭賀馬清石世表榮獲溫市市府頒發「溫哥華市政功績榮譽獎」晚宴。

晚會由溫哥華前任市議員周炯華及陳開心女士擔任司儀。

參與社區服務逾半世紀的華裔社群領袖馬清石世表於1949年 隨家人從中國台山移民加國,並居住卑詩內陸小鎮Dawson Creek。 他當時只有14歲, 在小鎮完成 中學課程,入讀卑詩大學獲取化學學位後,加入聯邦政府環境保護部門工作,直至退休。

馬清石世表最關心的是華埠未來發展, 並積極推動華埠列入聯合國教科文組織世界文化遺產,他認為華埠列入世界文化遺產的好處,是讓世界各國了解華埠外, 可吸引遊客前來參觀。

當日頒獎儀式在溫哥華市議會内舉行,并由市長羅品信親自主持, 十位溫哥華市議員及近百位社區人士和馬清石世表的親朋好友出席了儀式。

羅品信表示,爲了表彰馬清石長期以來的志願工作、 對社區的貢獻,以及其領導才能,溫哥華市議會一緻通過,頒授馬清石“市政功績榮譽獎”。

馬清石世表對能夠獲此殊榮感到高興,他在接受獎章後表示,他所做的工作都是大家合作的結果, 沒有社區的支持,沒有大家的團結,是不可能成功的。他說,從事志願工作多年, 最興奮的是溫哥華華埠去年獲聯邦政府确認爲國家傳統遺迹,下一步,他要做的, 是推動華埠列爲聯合國教科文組織的世界文化遺産。








余風采總分堂出席代表包括總堂主席余根洙、副主席余金星、顧問余錫儒伉儷、顧問余詠本伉儷、書記余纗蝖B樓業主任余漢銳、婦女組主任余李翠燕、 温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷、副主席余啟康、副書記余榮燊、財政主任余萍相、耆英組副主任余瑞芝、 另外還有余世平、余小玲、余馬麗芬、余兆貞、青年組代表黃達勤及林珠狄女士等。

當晚全加馬氏宗親總會理事長馬威廉驚喜地得到溫市政府推薦,榮獲一枚女皇鑽禧紀念勳章,以表揚他對溫市政府的多方面協助,並由副市長鄧劍波代表頒授。

慶祝會還安排了多項表演目, 包括小羅文演唱中西名曲等。

余纗蝟孎i


溫哥華余風采堂清明節慎終追遠

清明節是華人傳統的祭奠祖先和悼念逝者的重要日子,孝子賢孫會前往先人的墓前拜祭,清除雜草及供奉水果香酒, 以表示對先人的尊敬。

溫哥華華人有尊親敬祖,隆宗重嗣的傳統習慣。每年一度的清明祭祖掃墓活動,當地華人、華僑和各華人社團、 宗親會都舉行隆重的公祭儀式,家庭也進行掃墓和拜祭活動。 每年四月五日清明前後,各華人社團組織自己的鄉親到各自的墓地掃墓和祭奠先人。今年清明節日是四月四日。

人們緬懷先人,祭祀先祖,因為他們是自己的來源, 他們的辛勞和奮鬥乃是人們繼續前行的起點。 這是尊重生命與敬畏歷史的不絕之流。

清明時節雨紛紛。 近來多風雨,但當日天氣都還不錯。 四月六日週六早上十時前多个僑團已聚集在山景墓園安魂亭前排隊拜祭先賢。 余風采總分堂理事會代表及宗親們祭奠儀式於十一時開始。

安魂亭春秋拜桌上擺設好金豬、三牲、元寶冥鏹、鮮果、鮮花、糕點、醴酒等。

在福利組主任余啟康的安排下,溫哥華余風采堂余美湛主席、總堂主席余根洙、全體理事及宗親們向余氏先僑祭拜敬香,敬送祭品,行三鞠躬再鞠躬之禮、 向先人表達內心的問候和崇敬,並祈盼蛇年社會和諧、平安吉祥。整個追思祭拜儀式在莊嚴中進行。




祭祀儀式完畢後,余風采總分堂理事會代表及宗親們返回堂所, 接著召開二○一三年堂員週年大會。

散會後,大家一起共進午餐,一起聊天, 氣氛愉快。

余纗蝟孎i


謝氏宗親會慶祝成立第卅八週年暨婦女部二十週年紀念聯歡

謝氏宗親會於四月二十八日 (星期日)中午,在該「寶樹堂」禮堂內舉行金豬、銀寶蠟燭祭祖儀式。宗親鄉親、西雅圖昭倫公所代表、譚氏代表、許氏代表,余氏世表和馬氏世表、 濟濟一堂出席此上香祭祖儀式。

是日余風采總分堂出席的代表一行八人,包括加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、顧問余詠本、書記余柏寧、福利主任余漢銳、 溫哥華余風采堂主席美湛、副主席余啟康、財政余萍相及堂員余佳卓一齊出席參加。




中午週年祭祖儀式司儀是由謝國庫財政主任擔任,謝錫龍副主席致歡迎詞,接蚢驍垠怑P詞,謝榮安副主席致答謝詞。

拜祭完畢後,謝氏宗親們邀請了嘉賓們前往樓下室進行午餐, 眾人均品嘗著謝氏宗親們和婦女們自製酥香可口的家鄉小菜、糕點、粉果、麻蓉煎堆、烏勤藤糍、 咸水角等。眾人一面品嘗一面傾談,場面氣氛十分熱鬧。


同日下午六時假座華埠珠城海鮮酒家舉行慶祝成立第卅八週年暨婦女部二十週年紀念雙慶聯歡晚宴,逾三百人參與, 出席者嘉賓有中國駐溫哥華總領事館總領事劉菲、僑務組領事李玥、卑詩省議員關慧貞女士和李燦明先生、 溫哥華市議員雷健華先生和鄧劍波先生、西雅圖昭倫公所代表謝昭仁先生,溫哥華中華會館理事長朱展倫先生,尚有全加開平總會館代表、 溫哥華昭倫公所代表、譚氏和許氏代表、余氏世表、馬氏世表、各僑團代表和會員眷屬至友,高朋滿座,濟濟一堂, 熱鬧非凡。


當晚司儀是由謝偉痦z事及謝健發理事主持。宴會開始由昭倫親義公所醒獅隊進場祝賀, 接茈捘罈A婷主席致歡迎詞,之後由謝錫龍副主席致答謝詞。




一方有難,十方馳援,聽到四川省雅安市發生七級大地震後,謝氏宗親會宗親們熱情響應,紛紛慷慨解囊, 向中國駐溫哥華總領事館領導表達了全體謝氏宗親會同仁對四川雅安大地震災民的關切和同情, 並通過中國駐溫哥華總領事館轉達謝氏宗親會同仁的心意,希望災區早日得到救濟和重建。 晚宴中將籌得善款由中國駐溫哥華總領事館總領事劉菲接領,代轉交到四川雅安災民。 謝氏宗親們的愛心行動感動了我們。

是晚娛興節目多姿多彩,有功夫表演、時代歌曲、粵曲演唱和抽獎等節目助慶。 文娛節目由謝仕平秘書和謝美玉主持。

直至夜深十時,在一片喜氣洋洋和歡笑聲中,握手道別,聯歡晚宴圓滿結束。

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余風采堂耆英組舉辦「雙親節暨耆英生日會」 歡樂滿堂

余風采堂耆英組會員於五月十四日(星期二)中午十二時歡聚一堂,假東昇村海鮮酒家為在上半年(一月份至六月份)過生日的會員舉行了慶生會暨父母雙親節。 會員鄉親逾四十人參加,場面熱鬧溫馨。






慶祝會由耆英組主任余瑞芝擔任司儀,致詞歡迎參加此慶祝會之會員鄉親,祝福壽星福如東海,壽比南山, 會上除了向全體耆英祝賀生日快樂之外,也祝所有的母親、父親身體健康、節日愉快。

接著進行耆英生日會,分發長壽麵, 隨後並備有豐富午餐招待,大家一邊享用美食,一邊敘舊暢談,歡度了一個愉快的下午。




在此祝壽星們福壽與天齊,慶賀生辰快樂。 年年都有今日,歲歲都有今朝。恭喜你們!

余纗蝟孎i


漫遊溫哥華歷史華埠 探尋難忘故事

歷史學家及資深導遊林珠狄女士於五月十一日(星期六)帶領一班溫哥華余風采堂青年組員們漫遊溫哥華歷史華埠(又稱溫哥華唐人街), 讓他們認識溫哥華華埠建築物的特色,此外,講解卑詩省華裔社群自淘金時代至今的歷史。

漫遊歷史華埠從千禧門牌坊附近開始,只是幾步之遙,就到了標誌唐人街的上海小巷,導致一次曾繁華庭院的百年老文物建築。 當時華人將溫哥華之稱為「鹹水埠」,移民第二代的華裔作家余兆昌曾出過一本歷史畫冊「鹹水埠」 紀錄了華人從十九世紀中到二十世紀八十年代的歷史。 溫哥華後又稱為「雲高華」,統一稱為「溫哥華」還是近幾十年的事。

青年組員們也參觀其他興趣感的建築物, 包括世界上最窄的三記號(Sam Kee Building)、 現存溫市華埠最古老的建築物永生號(Wing Sang Building)、溫哥華洪門機構、禺山總公所 和全加陳穎川總堂等歷史建築景點, 令人目不暇給。

對華人來說,唐人街卻是家之所在,大家生活其中,能夠互相照應,守望相助,感受友誼和安全的歡樂。

      

      


溫哥華是加拿大西海岸的最大城市,也是加拿大的太平洋門戶。 多年前它曾一連幾年被聯合國評為世界上最適宜居住的城市,它以注重環保著名。




溫哥華唐人街(華埠)是北美第二大的唐人街 (繼‎三藩市唐人街後面積最大的華埠),約有一百多年歷史,佔地約六個街區。 這裡的中國人是在十九世紀中,為了到美國加州淘金而離鄉別井後而北上至加拿大,在此落地生根的。 目前唐人街大多數的商店由香港人經營,唐人街內樹立著一塊塊漢字的標牌,令人有一種置身中國的錯覺。街道兩側林立著各種風味的中餐廳、中藥店、肉舖、 魚店、青菜店、海味乾貨店、雜貨店以及出售中國傳統工藝品的商店。 現今的唐人街添加了長滑板商店、咖啡館、酒吧、 藝術畫廊、自行車和德國香腸店。華埠不斷地向前進步,慢慢地演變成爲一個吸引全市各地好奇遊客的觀光地, 和多元化的社會。

溫哥華余風采堂青年組 黃達勤報告


加拿大馬氏宗親總會慶祝成立九十四週年






加拿大馬氏宗親總會於二○一三年五月十九日(星期日)慶祝成立九十四週年活動。 中午,加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙、總分堂書記余纗蝖B副財政余錦文、侯補理事余兆貞、 温哥華余風采堂核數主任余漢銳,一齊來到位於溫哥華市唐人街的加拿大馬氏宗親總會的會館參加這紀念聯歡誌慶活動。



      

加拿大馬氏宗親總會成立於 1919年, 至今已歷九十四載,共有六個分會,分佈於各省份,宗旨為促進全加馬氏宗親之間的良好關係、加強社區各界人士的友愛、 團結、合作、推動及參加有關福利和慈善的活動、促進組織或贊助社區有關教育、文娛和體育等活動。

在歷屆首長領導下眾宗親鼎力支持,理事會每月舉行例會集思廣益,策劃及推動會務,會務得以穩步發展, 深得宗親及各僑社認同。

當日下午馬氏世表們首先舉行瑞獅祭祖,祭祖禮成後,隨即舉行九十四週年紀念會。馬其章世表擔任紀念會司儀, 宣佈紀念會開始。

      





      

全加馬氏宗親總會理事長馬威廉世表宣佈紀念會旨趣,並致歡迎詞。 之後他通告「卑詩省-廣東省商業議會」訂於五月廿一日(星期二)晚上在溫市紅日酒家設歡迎宴, 歡迎中國廣東省江門市五邑大學黨委書記王克女士率領五邑大學代表團訪温哥華。 翌日這代表團即將前往卑詩省中部喬治王子市 Prince George 的北哥倫比亞大學 University of Northern British Columbia,簡稱 UNBC 簽署兩大學共同發展意向書。希望在座各位馬氏宗親、余氏、謝氏世表及五邑鄉親踴躍參加這宴會。

另外馬威廉世表還告訴大家一個好消息,他說全加馬氏第十九屆懇親大會將於明年五月輪值在溫哥華市舉行,屆時請熱烈支持此盛事及踴躍參加。

接著副理事長馬敏彬用英語致歡迎詞及簡報總會大樓重修進展情G。












紀念會繼續恭請余風釆總堂主席余根洙,温哥華謝氏宗親會主席謝翠婷、卡加利馬氏宗親會會長馬宏棟之次女 Grace (代卡城分會),雲埠馬氏宗親會理事長馬仲鵬,馬清石元老等均先後致詞及道賀。 隨後由全加馬氏宗親總會副理事長馬煥然世表向各嘉賓致謝詞。


紀念聯歡誌慶完畢後,馬氏宗親與世表、嘉賓們一齊前往温哥華「珠城大酒樓」共聚午餐,濟濟一堂,共訴衷情, 賓客盡歡而還。

在這裡要感謝馬威廉理事長提供的資訊以及馬敏彬、謝仕平世表提供精彩的現場活動照片和大家一同分享。

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余風采總堂紀念始祖余忠襄公一千○一十三週年寶誕


加拿大余風采總堂於六月八日(星期六)中午十二時在堂所禮堂舉行了簡單而隆重的祭祖儀式。


祭祖儀式由副福利主任余啟康主持,主祭由加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙及溫哥華余風采堂主席余美湛擔任、 陪祭包括副主席余耀祥、副主席余金星、財政余萍相及福利主任余漢銳。

總堂主席余根洙致歡迎詞,他感謝宗親們的光臨,希望大家再接再勵,共同迎接更加美好的明天!

      


紀念儀式完畢後,大家便在一片融和的氣氛下進行自助午膳。 宗親們邊吃邊聊家常,談笑風生。 值得一提,這次余風采堂祭祖和聚餐主旨是“水有源頭,木有本根,飲水思源豈可忘本,熱愛祖先光大祖德,發揚民族傳統文化。”

     


余纗蝟孎i


溫哥華余風采堂郊遊活動豐富多彩

溫哥華近日來,天氣炎熱、艷陽高照,隨著夏天的來臨,余風采堂於二○一三年七月十四日(星期日) 上午十一時至下午三時在溫市鳟魚湖約翰亨特利公園舉辦了一年一度的郊遊活動。

該公園是一個沿著鱒魚湖所建成的公園,環境浪漫迷人。滿園翠綠,景色如畫,空氣清新,微風陣陣迎面吹拂,令人身心舒暢。是郊遊活動的好去處。



      



      



上午十時左右,福利組啟康主任、漢銳副主任、詠本顧問、根洙顧問、耀祥理事、冠柏理事、萍相理事及籩怌扆O提前來到現場,佈置會場,拉起橫額。







余風采堂會員、理事、顧問、主席、馬氏世表、嘉賓及親朋好友陸續到來。在溫暖的陽光和宜人的清風下,大家歡聚一堂,話鄉情、敘友情, 一起分享美食,以及參與豐富多彩的抽獎活動,共渡了一個美好夏日時光。



      



本次在抽獎活動當中,余根洙顧問及余美湛主席特別補發獎狀及2011-2012年度優秀獎學金給大學生余曉正。

抽獎後,大家盡興而歸。 明年再見!

余纗蝟孎i


溫哥華馬氏宗親會夏日郊遊

最近居住卑詩省大溫地區之溫哥華民眾在七月享受了一個多月的晴朗天氣,連續享受了四百三十一個小時的燦爛陽光, 打破溫哥華歷史最高紀錄的四百一十一小時,亦是迄今最乾旱的七月。 據加拿大環境部氣象局最新天氣預測報告稱,可能在八月卑詩日長周末迎來雨天甚至打雷天氣。



      



          




溫哥華馬氏宗親會於八月四日(星期日)在卑詩日長周末,上午十一時在溫哥華市鱒魚湖公園舉行一年一度的夏季郊遊。

是日風和日麗、藍天白雲、不冷不熱、景色如同春天那樣艷麗。過一會兒,眺望遠方的天空突然緩緩飄來的一片烏雲, 沒想到天公作美,沒降雨下來,可以讓大家一起享受美好的一天。

鱒魚湖公園由上午十時開始已集合了馬氏宗親會的老中青三代,超過一百多人,大家圍坐在大樹蔭下乘涼,歡聲笑語, 好不熱鬧。

代表余風采堂出席參加馬氏世表的郊遊活動包括温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛、書記余纗蝖B副書記余榮燊、 財政余萍相伉儷及堂員余佳卓伉儷。

馬氏宗親會的郊遊大會節目由精彩的醒獅表演開始,隨荌角鬌擉|會的學員表演武術。

跟茪p朋友們一起參加多種兒童遊戲,拔河比賽等等遊樂項目,玩得十分高興。

宗親盡情享受大自然美好環境,使得郊遊聚會非常成功。

此次郊遊除具備了非常豐富的食品外,還有抽獎環節助慶。到場的宗親和朋友無不笑逐顏開, 並異口同聲的說郊遊會辦得不錯。

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溫哥華余惠芳回憶她自己的《金山》家庭

這部《加華紀事》影片是探討了溫哥華余風采堂堂員《大家姐》- 余惠芳女士。

她回憶起童年時的《金山》家庭故事。

余惠芳出生和成長於中國,多年前她父親到美國工作打拚,希望能賺點錢去支援家庭,讓家人享福。

在這部影片中的傳記,余惠芳描述記憶中的情景:她談起她父親在十九三六年返回到家園時與她的第一次接觸是怎樣。


溫哥華中華會館暨各界華人舉行十一國慶晚宴


為慶祝即將來臨的中華人民共和國成立六十四周年國慶, 溫哥華中華會館聯合僑團暨各界華僑華人共同舉辦的聯歡宴會於九月廿九日(星期日)晚在華埠富大酒家舉行, 來自一百多個僑團及政商界近七百多人代表出席了晚宴。


政要出席者包括中國駐溫哥華副總領事茅潤龍,加拿大聯邦國會議員楊蕭慧儀,卑詩省議員李燦明, 溫哥華市議員鄭文宇和鄧劍波等。



       


余風采總堂主席余根洙、財政余萍相,溫哥華余風采堂主席余美湛、副主席余啟康、理事余陳小玲、余瑞芝伉儷、余榮燊、 余冠柏等均代表余風采總分堂出席共賀。

晚宴在禮炮聲和精彩舞獅表演中拉開序幕,隆重而熱鬧。

中華會館理事長朱展倫首先代表各僑團表達了對祖國的美好祝願。他說,“中國在改革開放三十幾年來所取得的成績矚目, 中國發生了巨大的變化。他堅信,中華兒女團結一致,定能把中國建設成富饒、民主和現代化的國家。他指出, 中加兩國的友好合作将對世界的和平和發展有更好的貢獻。”

茅潤龍副總領事在致辭時感謝海外僑胞心系祖國,亦歡迎眾多加國朋友的到來。他說“中國是世界主要經濟體中最活躍、 最具活力、發展最迅速的國家之一,她的經濟發展令人矚目,但中國會永遠堅持走和平發展的道路,追求和平、綠色, 文明,實現國家富強、民族振興、人民幸福的「中國夢」,建立一個富強、民主、文明、和諧的社會主義現代化強國。”

晚宴中,並有精采的文娛節目表演,由陳建中先生主持,所有出席嘉賓同歡。

余美湛報告


溫哥華余風采堂舉行重陽思親秋祭活動


金秋十月,重陽佳節,寓意深遠。陣陣秋風送來絲絲涼意,距離農曆癸巳蛇年的九月初九(二○一三年十月十三日) 還有七天,趁這慎終追遠的日子,温哥華余風采堂的宗親及堂員於十月六日(星期日)上午十一時,帶備三牲醴酒、鮮花、水果、 銀寶等祭品,前往温市菲沙街山景墓園舉行秋祭活動,拜祭先僑鄉親。


今年踴躍參加的宗親包括加拿大余風采總堂主席余根洙伉儷、顧問余錫儒伉儷、温哥華風采堂主席余美湛、副主席余ㄠd、 顧問余詠本伉儷、書記余纗蝖B財政余萍相、核數余漢銳、理事余錦文伉儷、堂員余佳卓及歷史學家林珠狄女士等。








秋祭祭畢後,大家一起返回堂所聯歡聚餐,以敦睦族,聯絡感情。

余纗蝟孎i


溫哥華余風采堂青年組與其他華埠團體青年代表互相交流


開平總會館代表周慕怡理事、周慕慈理事,溫哥華李氏公所代表李麗芳理事、李麗黎理事,雲埠馬氏宗親會代表馬立名、馬建民夫人, 溫哥華余風采堂青年組代表黃達勤、余寶珍、温哥華余風采堂主席美湛、 加拿大余風采總堂侯補理事余兆貞以及歷史學家林珠狄女士等於十月六日(星期日)在繁華的新城餅家餐室聚在一起, 討論大家如何將來可以促進華埠團體的青年互助合作關係。


經過簡短的自我介紹後,各代表反映他們所屬的團體都共同面臨招募青年參與活動和繼承職務的迫切需求和挑戰。 由於現今本地華人人口迅速地變化,傳統的青年活動(例如:體育會和中文班)已經不再是吸引青年參與的最有效方法。 然而,在尊重華埠團體獨有的傳統和價值觀的基礎上,多位代表認為他們應該利用現有方案(例如:獎學金和功夫班) 而建立新的計劃。


各位亦在會上討論過其他問題。例如張現時以學分為主的獎學金進行改革,附加要求包括鼓勵年輕人透過團體協力社區參與。 另外他們也討論與其他組織合作(例如:溫哥華華埠振興委員會的青年小組委員會)。

最後,大家同意參與未來更多的交流會議亦同時歡迎其他團體參加。希望日後能夠成立溫哥華華埠青年委員會, 進行跨組織性合作。

青年組黃達勤報告


溫哥華余風采堂 2014 - 2015年度理事會選舉結果

二○一三年十一月九日(星期六)溫哥華余風采堂新一屆理事會又經選舉誕生了。

收到已填寫之投票表格共一百二十票, 由詠本顧問、根洙顧問擔任監票。 整個開票、點票、驗票、唱票及記票活動歷時個半小時,選出最高票數的十一位理事名單如下:(排名不分先後)

美湛、啟康、纗蝖B漢銳、萍相、耀祥、金星、麗芬、佳卓、翠燕、開儀。

非常感謝各位堂員參與及支持這次選舉活動,謝謝!

溫哥華余風采堂訊


溫哥華余風采堂青年組參與華埠團體烹飪興趣班




溫哥華余風采堂青年組代表余寶珍、余尚琳、黃達勤、温哥華余風采堂主席余美湛伉儷以及理事余佳卓於十一月十七日 (星期日)應邀出席由開平總會館代表周慕怡理事、周慕慈理事首次舉辦的烹飪試點班。加拿大溫哥華薛,司徒氏宗親會鳳倫總堂主席司徒佐亦有親身出席, 以作鼓勵。全加開平總會館主席周松位先生熱烈的歡迎所有出席者。


當日由周慕怡、周慕慈理事的媽媽擔任烹飪導師,示範了兩道家常小菜:西湖牛肉羹、揚州炒飯。








幾位堂員連同另外四位開平會館的青年會員分工合作完成兩道菜。大家都很滿意自己的表現,覺得各位的作品香氣撲鼻, 味道還不錯的。品嘗過菜色後,大家都希望日後能夠有更多機會互相交流烹飪心得, 歡迎來自各個團體不同年齡的會員參加。 如有興趣,請與本堂聯絡。

青年組余尚琳報告 (黃達勤翻譯)


溫哥華余風采堂聖誕聯歡



   











    

   











  



「聖誕快樂,新年進步!」為迎接普天同慶將至的聖誕 節,溫哥華余風采堂理事會於十二月八日(星期日) 假該堂所大禮堂舉行聖誕聯歡自助午餐派對。

活動當天吸引了八十多位嘉賓、友好、理事、堂員及家屬前來參加。嘉賓當中包括全加馬氏宗親總會副理事長馬敏彬, 開平總會館代表周慕怡理事、周慕慈理事,溫哥華李氏公所代表李麗芳理事、李麗黎理事, 以及溫哥華林西河總堂九牧公所會員暨歷史學家林珠狄女士。

節目非常豐富,禮堂充滿了溫馨歡樂氣氛。除了余風采堂歌唱班合唱的聖誕卡拉OK 歌曲及精美自助午餐外, 還有大學生余尚琳分享她的大學建築學碩士畢業論文。論文議題:「面對不同年代文化的空間」。 透過總堂大鷘蔆s設計方案進行探索及研究多世代的支緩網絡, 特別是對於全球老化的嬰兒潮世代和年輕的一代將能如何運用時間去扶養或支援他們。

聖誕聯歡午餐會在一片歡呼聲中完結,各人均盡興而歸。

在這裡要多謝啟康副主席、康樂組余馬麗芬主任及美湛主席安排今年聖誕聯歡午餐節目、 令我們渡過了一個既開心,又有意義的聖誕佳節!

青年組余尚琳報告 (黃達勤翻譯)


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Congrats to the 2013-2016 Canada YFT Board

Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada newly elected Officers for the 2013-2016 term are as follows:



Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada Officers

2013-2016

Advisors: Dick Yee, Wayne Yee
Chairman: Kan Chu Yu
Vice Chairs: Jim Yee, James Yu, Phillip Yu
Directors: Kan Chu Yu, Jim Yee, James Yu, Phillip Yu, Stephen Yee, Martin Yee, Wing Yee. Gary Yee, Ping Sheung Yu, Albert Yu, David Yee, Ye Kai Yi, Rose Yee, Mrs. Shui Chi Yu, Stephen Yu, Wayne Yee, Jack C. Yee, Ying Hua Yu.
Alternates: Shirley Yee, Shui Chi Yu, Benita Yee, Esther Yue
Secretary: Martin Yee, Wing Yee
Treasurer: Ping Sheung Yu, Gary Yee
Auditor:
Albert Yu, Ye Kai Yi
Public Relations Committee: Albert Yu, James Yu
Welfare Committee : David Yee, Stephen Yee
Building Committee: Phillip Yu, David Yee
Women's Committee: Mrs. Shui Chi Yu, Rose Yee, Shirley Yee
OHK5T Advisors : Kan Chu Yu, Dick Yee
World Yee Vice Chair:
Kan Chu Yu

Canada YFT


YFT 2013 Spring Get Together Dinner


The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada and the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver co-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 Tuesday, January 15.


The food served by the King's Chinese Cuisine Restaurant was excellent, and their price are reasonable too. That's why we kept coming back for more each year.




This year we have 4 members from the YFT youth group and scholarship students joining us. Jaime Yee, Vanessa Yu, Kimberly Yee and Amanda Yee, welcome and thanks for joining us!

After dinner, we all went home happily. We were all looking forward for the upcoming events in the Year of the Snake, which includes the Spring Banquet celebration of YFT Society of Canada on Sunday, March 9th.

Martin Yee

A Visit to the Yee Society

For the past little while, the Yee Society has been a place I’ve frequented quite often. Unlike many of the long-standing members I’ve met and encountered who engage in focused rounds of Mah-jong, read the daily newspaper, or share an interest in classical Chinese singing, I am one of the Society’s newest members.

Years ago, my grandparents were active and very loyal members of the Society but as I was growing up, all I knew of was that they were part of an organization they felt a strong attachment to. It wasn’t until a year ago that I developed an interest in learning more about the Society and coincidentally, it became the topic of my thesis research for school. I would have never known that I would become a member one day but with an interest in architecture and multigenerational issues, it seemed that through the years, I was pleasantly led to revisiting something that my grandparents valued so highly.

This past weekend, Jim, Wayne, and Chairman Kan were kind enough to allow me to come in to photograph the Society members while they stacked and clattered Mah-jong pieces together and learned to sing old Chinese melodies. While the members were informed that I was stopping by, I have to admit that as I stepped through the front door, I wasn’t sure how I would be received especially with a camera slung around my neck. My concerns were clearly unfounded as, I, instead, was warmly greeted by the members who then quickly returned to their game of Mah-jong or sat and chatted with me before going back to their sheet music.

I furtively moved around the Society hall, quietly observing how the members occupied their time, using my camera to capture those moments. Every now and then, someone would look into the camera and we’d exchange smiles and despite the language barrier, some level of understanding was being communicated. As with the Mah-jong players, it was quite endearing to see how committed some of the women in the singing group were to learning music and engaging in that experience with close friends. I think for the Society members, there’s a comfort in knowing there’s a group of people who you can socialize with regularly and who share in similar interests, particularly for the more senior members. Watching them enjoy themselves among the company of long-time friends gave me an idea of how my grandparents must have felt when they were once members of Society.


Jaime Yee, 23/01/13

Chinatown's 2013 Spring Festival Celebration Gala Dinner


Representatives from the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada, the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver attended this year's Spring Festival Celebration Gala Dinner on Sunday, February 17th.












This annual event was organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association, S.U.C.C.E.S.S, Chinese Freemasons Vancouver Branch, Shon Yee Benevolent Association of Canada and the Chinese Community.

Emcees for this festive gala event were Mr. Jun Ing and Ms. Jean Zhou.

YFT Society of Canada Chairman Kan Yu, Vice Chair Phillip Yu, Treasurer Ping Sheung Yu, Secretary Martin Yee, YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman Jim Yee, Vice Chair Stephen Yee, Scholarship Chair David Yee, Esther Yue, Mr. and Mrs. Shui Chi Yu, Shirley Yee attended this annual gala.

The evening program consist of Lion dancing, singing of the National Anthems, introduction of special guests, new year greetings and wishes, firework, opening address, greetings from honorable guests, followed by dinner and entertainment.


Martin Yee


The Mah Benevolent Society of Vancouver Celebrating their 63rd Anniversary


The Mah Benevolent Society of Vancouver celebrated their 63rd Anniversary on Sunday, February 24th.

Attending our cousin Mah's noon ceremony this year include the YFT Society of Canada Chairman Kan Yu, Vice Treasurer Gary Yee, Secretary Martin Yee, Treasurer Ping Sheung Yu, YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman Jim Yee, Scholarship Chair David Yee and YFT member George Yee.












The Mahs held their evening Spring Banquet at the Floata Seafood Restaurant






Thanks James  for taking pictures for us at the dinner banquet, and special thanks to Dana Mah for taking our photos at the Mah's noon ceremony!



Martin Yee


VCRC 2013 Vision Planning Workshop


The Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee met on March 9, 2013, a sunny Saturday morning at the scenic Langara Golf Course Clubhouse to share ideas and implement priorities for the 2013 Vision Planning Workshop. Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Youth Committee (Jaime Yee, Vanessa Yu, and Andrew Wong), were happily invited by Henry Tom, Chair of VCRC, to participate in discussing a wide range of issues and opportunities facing Chinatown. Other supporting members including Esther Yue (alternate director for YFT of Canada), Judy Lam Maxwell (VCRC board member, historian, and educator), and Edmund Ma (Mah's Athletic Association of Vancouver Martial Arts Instructor) also attended.




The workshop was facilitated by Doug Soo, former Dean of Continuing Studies at Langara College, who led an engaging dialogue composed of many business and community leaders and representatives. Doug started by explaining the process of the workshop. He asked participants to identify the key issues and challenges confronting Chinatown, and the role that VCRC may have in addressing them. The 24 participants pointed out factors such as establishing a set of common values, directions for working together, succession plan and board structure, and a roadmap on specific future projects over the next 5 years. Henry also highlighted some of the noteworthy achievements of VCRC and explained lessons learned from past experiences. Doug then asked the members to split into groups of 6 and instructed them to rank the roles and functions of VCRC by order of relevance and importance. After a round of discussion, Andrew gave a brief presentation, explaining the rationale behind the points of view of their group.

After a brief working lunch where participants were asked to brainstorm ideas on what a revitalized Chinatown might look like, Edmund presented a list of elements that would contribute to a brighter and livelier Chinatown. Other members mentioned safer, cleaner, and busier streets, a family-oriented neighborhood with greater integration with surrounding communities, improved nightlife such as an expanded night market, and public amenities such as a Chinatown community centre, town square, Asian heritage museum, and green space. Other ideas included introducing a farmers' market, food carts, buskers, block parties, and youth/multigenerational activities. Social projects such as city incentives for Chinese organization to develop housing for low-income senior and new immigrants, restored and rehabilitated heritage buildings, and increased residential density to support new and traditional businesses, and attract local independent business owners who embrace being in Chinatown (especially a diversity of quality restaurants) were also highlighted.

The workshop distilled all the ideas and comments offered throughout the day and agreed to promote greater involvement by a broader community, continue and strengthen VCRC's role as a catalyst in the community and in relationship to City Hall, and focus on outreach and advocacy opportunities to strive for a revitalized Chinatown. Lastly, the members proposed the following Vision Statement to guide VCRC actions and promote for formal recognition at every opportunity:

"VCRC… a collaborative voice for Chinatown Revitalization"

The executive members of YFT of Vancouver Youth Committee would like to thank Jim Yee, Chairman of YFT of Vancouver, and Henry Tom for referring and inviting them to attend this workshop, injecting new blood to the VCRC visioning process. It was a highly informative and productive event, which benefited the youth committee greatly in terms of improving their roles and operations in the greater community.

Jaime Yee, Vanessa Yu, and Andrew Wong


Tribute to Fred Mah Dinner














The Mah Benevolent Society of Vancouver and the Mah Society of Canada hosted a Tribute Dinner to Fred Mah on Friday, April 5th at the Pink Pearl Restaurant.

Fred Mah was bestowed the Vancouver Civic Merit Award by Mayor Gregor Robertson on February 26, 2013.

In a ceremony at city hall, Mayor Gregor Robertson said council unanimously voted in favor of giving Mah the award for his "many contributions" to arts, culture, and community in Vancouver.

" Fred has given very generously of his time as a volunteer to numerous groups and causes for many, many years," said Robertson as he presented the award. "He has great achievements to speak of, achievements that tell the story of a person who is totally committed to his city, his community and to the environment, a person who’s committed to ensuring that our city is stronger, healthier and more vibrant, and an inclusive place for many generations to come."

Mayor Robertson said Fred's achievements have included conservation of heritage buildings in Chinatown, his work that led to the designation of the neighborhood as a national historic site, and his efforts to establish business, cultural, and educational relationships with Guangzhou, Vancouver’s sister city in China. He has also helped to organize the Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival parades, and to start groups including the Chinese Cultural Centre, the Vancouver International Dragon Boat Festival Society, and Friends of False Creek.

Congratulations cousin Fred!


Congrats to William Ma for getting the QE II Diamond Jubilee award presented by Deputy Mayor, Tony Tang!

Since it was initiated by City Council, we could say it was an indirect kind of civic award, or at least recognition by the City for his contributions. He deserves it as much as Fred deserves his Civic Merit award.

Photos courtesy of the City of Vancouver and James Yu.

Jim Yee

Ching Ming in Vancouver








Nineteen members of the YFT Society of Vancouver arrived at the Chinese Pavillion at the Mountainview Cemetery on April 6 around 11 am to attend the annual Ching Ming memorial service. The Day was cloudy with sunny intervals.


Our memorial service officially began as Vice Chair Stephen Yee and his volunteers made preparations: candles and incense sticks were lit, fruits, roast pig, chicken, sponge cakes, etc, and liquor were laid down on the ceremonial altar..




After the ceremony, we all headed back to the Society Hall for our annual General members meeting, followed by a delicious lunch.

Martin Yee


Tse Clansman Association of Vancouver Celebrating 38th Anniversary


















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 38th Anniversary and the Women's Committee 20th Anniversary on Sunday, April 28th, 2013.

The noon ancestor ceremony was held at the Tse Clansman Association of Vancouver Hall. The evening banquet was held at the Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant.

Photo courtesy of Chia Su Ping and Martin Yee.

Martin Yee


Vancouver YFT Seniors Celebrate Members Birthdays and Parent's Day








The Vancouver YFT Seniors group were celebrating the birthdays of seniors members who were born between January and June of any year at noon, on Tuesday, May 14th at the Tung Sing Chin Seafood Restaurant. The seniors were also celebrating Parents Day at the same time.

Thanks to our Senior Committee co-chairs, Mr. and Mrs. Shui Chi Yu for organizing this enjoyable and happy semi-annual event.



Martin Yee


Vancouver YFT Youth Members Historical Chinatown Tour




The Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Youth Committee met on Saturday, May 11 at the invitation of Judy Lam Maxwell, to take part in one of her very popular Historical Chinatown Tours. She is a historian who specializes in the history of Chinatowns and Chinese Transnational Migration.


The tour started off at the mouth of the Millennium Gate, the official entrance to the national historic site of Vancouver Chinatown. Just a few steps away, the Shanghai Alley signifies the epicentre of Chinatown in its earliest incarnation, leading to once bustling courtyards of century-old heritage buildings . A replica of the West Han Dynasty Bell, given to Vancouver from the city of Guangzhou, China commemorates the birthplace of this historic community. Other points of interest included the Sam Kee Building, Chinese Freemason Building, Yue Shan Society of Vancouver, Wing Sang Building, and the Chin Wing Chun Society of Vancouver.


Taken the fact of recent developments, Judy also introduced many local businesses that may seem unconventional to Chinatown's traditional character, but all striving to revitalize Chinatown by trying to meet the demands of present demographics. Stores like cafes and pubs, restaurants, art galleries, bike and longboard shops, and a German sausage store are among the many additions to this continuously evolving and diverse community.

     

     



      

     

It was an enlightening experience to learn about Chinatown's segregated past from the rest of the city, its dynamic and cutting-edge present, and what might be in store for its future.

Andrew Wong


Mah Society of Canada Celebrating 94th Anniversary




          







Our Mah cousins celebrated the 94th Anniversary of the founding of their Mah Society of Canada Headquarter on Sunday, May 19th.



      



      





      












In attendance representing the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada were Chairman Kan Yu, Secretary Martin Yee, Alternative Director, Esther Yue and Vice Treasurer Gary Yee. Representing the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver's Auditor David Yee.

Photo courtesy of Chia Su Ping, Dana Mah and Martin Yee.

Martin Yee


Celebrating Ancestor Chung-Sheung's 1013th birthday







      



      

The Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada celebrated Ancestor Chung-Sheung's 1013th birthday on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

After the ritual, Chairman Kan Yu gave a short speech and a brief introduction of Ancestor Chung-Sheung's history.

We all had a delicious lunch after the ceremony.

Martin Yee


Vancouver YFT 2013 Summer Picnic





      





      



     














The annual Vancouver YFT Society Summer Picnic was held at the John Henry (Trout Lake) Park on July 14th (Sunday) at 11am to 3pm. Trout Lake Park, The weather was ideal for our picnic, sunny and bright, not too hot.

We were honored to have our Mah cousins joining us. Thanks for coming!

Everyone enjoyed this annual picnic event.  See you again next year!

Prize draws was followed by a special scholarship award presentation to University student Maurice Yu.

Martin Yee


Mah Society of Vancouver Summer Picnic


The Mah Society of Vancouver invited us to their Summer Picnic at the Trout Lake Park on Sunday, August 4th.


As most of the YFT Board members were attending the funeral service of Kenneth King Yip Lee at  Glenhaven Memorial Chapel around 11:30am today, they were unable to join us for the picnic at that time. However, they wish our Mah cousins to have a successful and enjoyable picnic day.

Mr. Lee passed away peacefully on July 28, 2013 at the age of 79 with family by his side, he was predeceased by his wife Faye Wai Hing (Fung Toy Alumni Chair) of 56 years in 2012. May he rest in peace.

At the Mah's picnic, the YFT Society of Vancouver were represented by Chairman Jim Yee, secretaries Martin Yee and Wing Yee, treasurer Ping Sheung Yu, his wife and mother-in-law, and YFT Society member George Yee and his family.



     






The Mah Society had a very successful picnic today, with lion dances and Kung Fu performances under the guidance of Mr. Edmund Ma., kids games and prizes, and raffle draws after the fried chicken lunch.

We like to thank our Mah cousins for inviting us to their annual summer outing, we all truly enjoy getting to see the kids having fun like this each year.

Martin Yee


History of Brotherhoods, Clans And Secret Societies of Vancouver's Chinatown

A documentary by Kevin KY Li, written by Cindy Leong.

Spanning more than 100 years, Brotherhood, Clans & Secret Societies in Vancouver's Chinatown tells the story of the struggles of Chinese immigrants in British Columbia and the pivotal role family, clan and mutual aid associations played in helping newcomers build a life in Canada.

Sometimes secretive, these societies were vital to the social and economic fabric of Vancouver's Chinatown. They kept migrants in touch with their families in China, and helped shape Chinese Canadian history. As influential as they were in the past, these societies are now facing new challenges with the changing patterns of migration, and must search for new ways to attract younger members.



PRC 64th Anniversary Celebration Gala


The Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver and the Chinese Community celebrate the 64th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China on September 29th, 2013 at the Floata Seafood Restaurant.

 

The Vancouver Yees joined in this festive gala along with 100 plus participating organizations, representatives from the three levels of government and the Vice Consul General of the PRC were also in attendance.






The Celebration program included Lion Dance, singing of both PRC and Canada national anthems, opening address by Mr. James Chu, president of the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, followed by greetings from honorable guests..

Jim Yee


Vancouver YFT Celebrates 2013 Chongyang Festival


Members and friends of the YFT Society of Canada and Vancouver celebrates the Chongyang Festival at 11 am on Sunday, October 6 at the Mountainview Cemetery Chinese Pavilion.



     


Attending the memorial service included Chairman Kan Yu and his wife, advisor Dick Yee and his wife from the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada. From the Vancouver Chapter were Chairman Jim Yee, Vice Chair Stephen Yee, advisor Wayne Yee and his wife, treasurer Ping Sheung Yu, secretary Martin Yee, director Gary Yee and his wife, YFT member George Yee and a good friend of the YFT Society, Ms. Judy Lam Maxwell.



     


After the ceremony is over, we all drove to the YFT Society Hall for a hearty and delicious afternoon buffet lunch.

Martin Yee


Vancouver YFT Youth Meeting with Other Chinatown Association Youth Groups


Members of the Yee Fung Toy Society of Vancouver Youth Committee (Vanessa Yu & Andrew Wong) met on Sunday, October 6 at the ever-bustling New Town Bakery & Restaurant through the invitation of June & Doris Chow (newly-elected board directors of the Hoy Ping Benevolent Association of Canada (HPBA)) to discuss on fresh ideas of attracting and retaining youth involvement in various Chinatown societies/associations.

Other supporting members including Jim Yee (Chairman of YFT of Vancouver), Esther Yue (alternate director for YFT of Canada), and Judy Lam Maxwell (VCRC board member, historian, and educator) also attended.


The group also met with representatives from the Mah Society of Canada and the Lee's Benevolent Association of Canada. After a brief roundtable introduction, the group shared similar challenges of recruiting youth participation and the pressing demands of succession in their respective associations.

Many members echoed that traditional youth programs (i.e. athletic clubs and/or Chinese language classes) are no longer the most effective means of attracting youth involvement because of the changing dynamics of the demographic puzzle.

However,with new programs respecting the unique qualities/values of Chinatown associations, it is possible to leverage on established programs (i.e. scholarships and martial arts clubs) and build upon them.


Other topics such as reforming academic-based scholarships with the additional requirement of community involvement through their associations and the possible alignment with other organizations. (i.e. Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee's dormant youth committee (ChinatownNext)) were also mentioned.

The group agreed to attend future meetings and welcomed more associations to join in the forum as it is in their vision to form a Chinatown-wide youth committee for cross-organizational collaboration in the near future.

Andrew Wong


Learning the Ropes of Western Lake Beef Soup and Yeung Chow Fried Rice




On Sunday, November 17, the Hoy Ping Benevolent Association (HPBA) in Chinatown generously hosted a pilot cooking class for those interested in learning how to prepare a few traditional Chinese dishes. Doris and June Chow of the HPBA, organized the class around the theme of eggs. On the menu: egg-drop soup with ground beef and cilantro as well as egg fried rice with BBQ pork.

HPBA President Tony Chow warmly welcomed all participants.

I, along with several from YFT (Vanessa Yu, Andrew Wong, and George Yee), rolled up our sleeves and joined in on the cooking. A handful from the HPBA, sisters Cally and Lisa Tam, sister and brother Lisa and Joey Fong, and Pamela Ching, jumped in as well with Doris and June’s mom, Susan, leading the class. Jim Yee and his wife Betty; Leander Szeto, President of the Vancouver Fong Leun Tong Society, Sit, Seto Clans Association; and other society onlookers, enthusiastically watched as we chopped, stirred, and attempted to master our wok skills. Many of us had not met one another previously and so it was a great opportunity to get to know others who were fellow foodies.

    


We started with the egg drop soup with ground beef and cilantro. For such a surprisingly simple recipe, the soup was delicious and perfect for a crisp fall day. Perfectly thickened stock (thanks to the secret ingredient of water chestnut starch); pillowy strands of egg; seasoned beef; fresh cilantro; and a sprinkling of white pepper made for a great starter, leaving us excited for what was to come next.




We all joined forces to prepare the ingredients for the fried rice which followed with Andrew demonstrating his way of cooking the dish. Carried through the kitchen were the smells of soy sauce, onions, and BBQ pork. With several batches of fried rice made, each of us had a chance to try our hand at the wok and many hungry mouths were fed.

From the success of this pilot class, we hope to develop an ongoing cooking program open to benevolent association members of all ages. Following the session, we had already discussed possible venues to hold the next class as well as thought about other dishes we could prepare.

We left with meeting new people; having our stomachs filled; enthusiasm for recipes to try; and new-found knowledge that Vanessa and I need to salt our food and that a charred flavour is better suited for BBQ and not fried rice!

Photos courtesy of Andrew Wong, Jaime Yee and Doris Chow (HPBA) 's Yen Yen's Kitchen Blog.

Jaime Yee


YFT Christmas Lunch 2013











  

  
  
    













 

 
 
  

On Sunday, December 8th, a packed house of 80 filled the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada for the annual Christmas lunch. This year was particularly special as we were fortunate to share the company of members from various other benevolent associations: sisters Helen and Lily Lee as well as Peter Lee (Lee’s Benevolent Association of Canada); Dana Mah (Mah Benevolent Association); Judy Lam Maxwell (Lim Sai Hor Benevolent Association); and sisters Doris and June Chow (Hoy Ping Benevolent Association of Canada).

YFT Society of Vancouver Chairman Jim Yee generously gave me the opportunity to display and speak briefly about my thesis project concerning a design proposal for a re-imagined version of our building, the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada. Being able to present my ideas not only at the society, but in front of the society’s intergenerational audience and other benevolent associations, really echoed many of the ideals and concepts explored in my research surrounding multigenerational support networks. The synergy between fellow associations present during the lunch, amplified this to an even greater extent.

Following the presentation, the singing group gladly shared the spotlight with the younger guests and handed off the microphones to us for some Christmas caroling, upon which the guests dove in for the Christmas feast.

The large turn-out and being in the company of newer members as well as our guests from the Lee, Mah, Lim, and Hoy Ping associations made the event that much more memorable.

Merry Christmas and see you all in the new year!

Photo courtesy of Judy Lam Maxwell, Andrew Wong, Esther Yue and Martin Yee.

Jaime Yee



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