CPAC cel­e­brates im­mi­grant suc­cess

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The Chi­nese Pro­fes­sion­als As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada (CPAC) and CPAC Foun­da­tion held their an­nual gala on Mon­day at the Sher­a­ton Park­way Toronto North Ho­tel to raise funds for char­i­ta­ble work within the im­mi­grant com­mu­nity and cel­e­brate the ac­com­plish­ments of im­mi­grant pro­fes­sion­als.

The funds raised through the event will help im­prove the pro­grams and ser­vices pro­vided by CPAC and CPAC Foun­da­tion. The funds raised also will be used to sup­port CPAC’s ini­tia­tives in pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion by pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships and bur­saries to stu­dents and in cul­ti­vat­ing lead­er­ship among im­mi­grant pro­fes­sion­als through its train­ing pro­grams.

“Thanks to the sup­port of all lev­els of gov­ern­ment, our spon­sors, and each and ev­ery one present this evening, we are able to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of thou­sands of new­com­ers to Canada,” said Mar­garet Yang, pres­i­dent of CPAC, in her wel­come speech. “Over the past 23 years, we have served tens of thou­sands of im­mi­grant pro­fes­sion­als, help­ing them reach their ca­reer goals and in­te­grate into the Cana­dian so­ci­ety.”

One of the evening’s high­lights was the pre­sen­ta­tion of the CPAC Pro­fes­sional Achieve­ment Award, which rec­og­nizes the achieve­ments of out­stand­ing im­mi­grant in­di­vid­u­als who have over­come bar­rri­ers and made strides in their pro­fes­sional ca­reers.

This year’s win­ner is Dr. Kue Young, dean of the School of Pub­lic Health at the Univer­sity of Alberta. Young is a rec­og­nized author­ity in the field of abo­rig­i­nal pub­lic health. He has worked as a pri­mary care physi­cian, health ad­min­is­tra­tor and aca­demic re­searcher in in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in north­ern Canada and other cir­cum­po­lar re­gions.

Among the 500 at­ten­dees were Xue Bin, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in Toronto; Michael Chan, On­tario min­is­ter of Cit­i­zen­ship, Im­mi­gra­tion and In­ter­na­tional Trade; MP Arnold Chan; MP Geng Tan; MPP Soo Wong; and Toronto city coun­cil­lors Chin Lee and Jim Kary­gian­nis.

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