The objectives of our Association are to strengthen the connections within our Zhongshan community, to encourage help among each other, to educate our younger generations the history and culture of our mother country, and to organize cultural and recreational events.
Our members are required to be belonging to, or be the spouse or a child of someone belonging to, the Zhongshan district before or after 1949, and must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada with a minimum age of 19 without criminal records. The application requires two members’ references and is subject to approval by our board of directors.
With the continuous improvement and development of our organization structure, we currently have nineteen members in our board of directors and over twenty department staffs. Our members are divided into twenty four groups with one leader in each for the ease of communication. Our member activities include weekly singing classes, dancing classes, Chinese calligraphy classes, gardening classes and mahjong gatherings. Every year, we organize Chinese new year celebrations, anniversary parties, father and mother’s day celebrations, picnics, mid-autumn and Christmas celebrations, etc.
The election of board of directors is held once every two years for our members to nominate and vote for the best leaders to manage and develop our Association.
In the spring of 2002, several Zhongshan fellows who are enthusiastic about oversea Chinese community generated the idea of forming an allied association, with a view of doing something meaningful for the Zhongshan fellows in Vancouver. On March 6, the first meeting was held at the home of Lo Man-Tak. On that day, 15 Zhongshan fellows attended the meeting and discussed on several items on the agenda. They decided to create a Zhongshan Allied Association. They also discussed items such as constitution, member qualifications etc. At the meeting , fellows proposed Mr. Wong Hing-Kwong to take charge based on his respectable background. Mr. Wong agreed right a way because it had always been his wish to create an association for the Zhongshan fellows.
Having established a clear objective, preparatory actions began immediately to advertise for membership on the one hand, and to look for a club house on the other hand. Two months later, a suitable location for the club house was found at 658-660 East Hastings Street. At the end of May, Wong Hing-Wong, Chan Sen Yow and Lau Chan Kwan jointly purchased the property as club house for the association. After a few months of extensive renovation work, a bright, spacious, comfortable and well equipped two storey building, that is the current club house, was available for use of our fellow members. The club house offered facilities for various recreational activities, mahjong games, chatting, meeting and relaxing. On February 23, 2003, the club house was officially opened . On the opening day, the club house was jam-packed with people.Flower baskets all over the front side. Lion dance, performances and mahjong games were some of the main events of the day. Both storey of the club house were filled with laughers, singing and Zhongshan accent. Although the sounds were not at all harmonized, they were familiar and nice to hear.
March 8, 2003 was the official inaugural day of our Association. 49 tables were opened in a major restaurant. Our fellows attending included MLA Mr. Richard T. Lee, City Councilor Mr. Raymond Louie, Mayor of Victoria Mr. Alan Lowe, a delegation of 10 members from California Zhongshan Allied Association led by their president Mr. Yuen Ping Cheong, and a delegation of 10 members from Fook Sen Tong of Victoria led by their Chairman Mr. Lau Lam Hing. Famous actor Mr. Yueh Hua was invited to act as the master of ceremony for the evening. The entertainments for the evening were marvelous and the prizes were precious and rich. The atmosphere was filled with warmth and excitement. The dinner turned out to be a great success. With a good beginning,one big wish of President Wong Hing Kwong and the board of directors was to have an Association owned club house. They decided to sell their ownership of the club house to the Association at the original purchase price of $360,000. A campaign for fund raising was therefore carried out. With the great support and generosity of all our members, the donation figure rose daily. At the end of 2004, the fund raised was $330,000, only $30,000 short of the target. During an executive meeting on January 15, 2005, discussion was made on how to increase the donation amount. Someone in the meeting volunteered to make an additional donation of $10,000. Others attending the meeting were motivated and all volunteered to make additional donations ranging from $100 to $3,000. Applauses and laughers filled the meeting room whenever a donation commitment was made.In less than an hour, the required $30,000 was raised. The required funding for purchasing the club house was successful fulfilled and the purchase was completed on January 25, 2005. It took only 22 months for the Association to own its property since it creation. As a member of the Association, we are all proud of such achievement.
The success of an association must be backed by its members’ support. Members are the prime motion behind the association and also are the hope of the association. It was because of the cohesiveness among our members that made the path of our Association flat and smooth . Let’s hope that all our members will continue to support our Association, love our Association. Let’s also hope that our directors and staff will continue to respect, cooperate with each other, and to increase their mutual understanding. Then, our Association will move forward and develop steadily.
邮政地址Postal address: 658-660 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, CANADA V6A 1R1