President's Report

2017 Annual Report

 

I am pleased to report that in 2017 the Foundation renewed its commitment to children’s education, health and overall well-being. We continued our support for the Brite 8 project at Britannia Secondary School which helps to ensure grade 8 students have a positive first year experience in high school. We also maintained our support for the very worthy afterschool program “Kids First” at MacDonald School.  In April, we held a successful fundraising dinner which raised approximately $42,000 CAD. in support of these two worthwhile projects and were delighted to welcome and hear from the well-spoken student and other representatives of the Brite 8 program at the dinner.

The monies raised mean that we will be able to support these two projects for at least two more years.

During the year, we said a fond farewell to a long-time Board member, Ms. Eve Adams, who submitted her resignation to pursue other opportunities but will continue to provide valuable advice to our Program Committee. We welcomed a new member. Ms. Bobo Bao, to the Board in December. Ms. Ivy Zhang became Vice-President, with Ms. Grace Chou as Chair of the Program Committee after excellent service as Board President. Ms. Barbara Tong is chair of the Development Committee and the long-serving Bill Gooderham is Secretary. Ms. Lis Tsai continues as Chair of the Fundraising Committee, and so does Ms. Lynda Liu as Chair of the Finance Committee with Ms. Christine Chu as our hard-working Treasurer. 

The Foundation continues to support the St. James Music Academy, an after-school music program for children as well as the Ciwei Children’s Choir in China. We added a new project in China this year: the Sunrise iRead Library Project which develops reading and social skills in children. We continue to support StreetFront with a focus on an arts therapy initiative in 2018.

Finally, but not least, we are funding a program for Syrian refugees at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. This program supports Syrian and other newcomers and their children by providing a welcoming space to make friends, share with others, learn cooking and coping skills as they settle in our communities. 

As always, meeting the children and seeing these projects in action is the best part of what we do.  We are grateful to all those who have contributed to our efforts over the years.

Penny Washington
President
Mar 4 2018

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