Federation of Chinese Canadians in York Region, partnered with Consulate General of PRC in Toronto, organized another year’s of successful Chinese Flag Raising ceremony in York Region on China’s national day, 10 am in Richmond Hill, 1pm in Markham and 3pm in Vaughan on Sunday October 1,2017. Hundreds of residents participated and celebrated together. joined by 3 levels of Government representatives, MP Majid Jowhari, MP Deb Schulte, MPP and Minister Reza Moridi,MPP Gila Martow; Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow, deputy mayor Vito Spatafora and council members Godwin Chan, Castro Liu and Tom Muench; Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Councillors Nirmala Armstrong, Alan Ho, Don Hamilton and Amanda Young-Collucci; Vaughan Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, Deputy Mayor Ferri and several Vauhghan Councillors. Other special guests present included the former Governor General of Manitoba Philip Lee, York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe, Staff Seargeant Alice Tsang, and several other high networth business leaders.

The Guests of Honour Consul General and Mrs. He Wei raised the Chinese flag along with Dr. Ken Ng and other dignitaries at each of the 3 municipalities. Participants sang Canadian and Chinese national anthems while witnessing Chinese flag raising at Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan.

Dr Ken Ng, chairman of FCCYR, who initiated this ceremony first in Markham 6 years ago, then in Richmond Hill 5 years ago with support from the 2 Chinese city Councillors Godwin Chan and Castro Liu, then last year in Vaughan with support from Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco. ‘Chinese Canadians recently became the biggest ethnic community in York Region, it’s very important for them to celebrate their own cultural heritage while being a proud Canadian. Chinese are hard working and friendly people, we would like to share with the community of our rich culture; As well, allow the second generation Chinese to be proud of themselves and finding a sense of belonging. That’s why we organize this chinese flag raising event every year and is expanding to more cities.’ Says Dr Ng. Chairman of FCCYR.

2017年10月1日,是中華人民共和國建國68週年生日,今年國慶適逢周日,又陽光明媚,天清氣爽,讓約克區的華裔居民可以有機會在烈治文山市、萬錦市及旺市市政府大樓前聚在一起,與遠在中國的親友們在同一天慶祝。

中國駐多倫多總領事何偉與組織者約克區加華聯會主席吳建忠醫生當日一起全程參加了從上午10時烈治文山市、下午1時萬錦市及下午3時旺市的升旗儀式,三個城市的三級政府官員都積極參與,社區華裔僑領也紛紛到場與民眾在異國他鄉共同歡慶國慶。

各市參與的三級政府官員包括國會議員Majid Jowhari、Deb Schulte,省议员/部長莫偉力,省议员Gila Martow,烈市市長Dave Barrow,副市长Vito Spatafora 、議員陳志輝,廖立暉 和Tom Muench;萬錦市市長薛家平、副市長 Jack Heath, 議員何胡景、楊綺清、 Nirmala Armstrong和Don Hamilton,旺市市長Maurizio Bevilacqua代表議員杨仕婷、副市长Ferri和幾位議員。其他貴賓包括前緬尼托巴省省督李紹麟、约克区警局警长Eric Joliffe 、职员Seargeant Alice Tsang 、几位华裔警官和其他商界領袖 等。

約克區加華聯會主席吳建忠醫生6年前牽頭第一次在萬錦市啟動慶祝國慶升旗儀式,然後5年前在華裔議員陳志輝和廖立暉的支持下在列治文山市也啟動了此儀式,之後在議員杨仕婷的支持下去年在旺市也成功舉行國慶升旗儀式。組織者約克區加華聯會主席吳建忠醫生表示,華裔加拿大人最近成爲了約克地區最大的種族羣體之一,在成爲驕傲的加拿大人的同時,慶祝自己的文化遺產也非常重要的。華人是勤勞和友好的人民,我們願意分享我們的豐富文化;同樣,讓第二代華人爲自己感到驕傲,並找到一種歸屬感。這就是爲什麼我們每年組織一次中國國旗的活動,並向更多的城市擴展。

Chinese Flag Raising Ceremony at Richmond Hill 2017

列治文山市2017年中國國慶升旗儀式

Chinese Flag Raising Ceremony at Richmond Hill 2017

 

 

Chinese Flag Raising Ceremony Markham Civic Centre 2017

萬錦市2017年中國國慶升旗儀式

 

Chinese Flag Raising Ceremony at Vaughan City Hall 2017

旺市2017年中國國慶升旗儀式