A season of beginnings, spring is a time for celebrations. February 10, 2019 marked the establishment of the fourth Vancouver Shunde Benevolent Association and the second Vancouver Shunde Business Association Chamber of Commerce Council. Despite the inclement weather, members still journeyed out and attended with anticipation for this splendid celebration.
At the start of the banquet, the Head Secretary of our Association, Mr. He, introduced the members of the council, whom then hosted the roasted pig cutting ceremony which symbolizes good luck and abundance for all the members and families in attendance. The lion dance and music of the gong that followed set an exciting mood for the night, triggering rounds of applause and cheers. Mr. Alex Li, the executive vice president, and Mr. Samuel Yau, vice president of the Vancouver Shunde Benevolent Association provided a welcoming speech and introduced the association’s organization, purpose and upcoming events, while recounting the successful 11th World Conference of the Shunde Worldwide Friendship Association of the past year.
Many important figures honoured us with their attendance, including Hon. George Chow, a Member of Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, whom congratulated the association for their achievements and encouraged the continuation of commitment. It was a night of bonding between members and families, delicious meals, entertaining performances, and engaging activities with prizes. There were especially memorable performances from Ms. Linda Lim, who played melodic guzheng pieces, and Alex Chen and his sister, Ms. Chen, who sang some classic Chinese pop hits. The banquet came to an end with Mr. Samuel Yau, representing the Association to thank the donors, volunteers, and guests for their contribution in the success of the event. It was a fun filled night to remember.