Gung Hay Fat Choy: Scarborough Health Network Foundation and Chinese Philanthropic Council celebrate new era with Lunar New Year Gala
In partnership with the Scarborough Health Network Foundation, the Chinese Philanthropic Council celebrated a new beginning for their community outreach and fundraising efforts alongside members of the local Chinese community at a Lunar New Year’s celebration on January 19, 2019.
Hosted at the Toronto Marriott Markham Hotel, the event was a first for the Council and saw more than 300 guests in attendance. On top of a full program featuring dinner and entertainment in honour of the upcoming “Year of the Pig”, attendees were also treated to remarks by Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO of Scarborough Health Network, and Michael Mazza, President & CEO of SHN Foundation, who shared the critical importance of community support through the Council.
“SHN Foundation is working to shape the future of health care in Scarborough through giving, and the Chinese Philanthropic Council is one of the ways we will achieve this,” shared Mazza. “Scarborough is an extraordinary and dynamic community, but also one that has been under-invested in, and one that still has its fair share of challenges – this includes having the lowest average family income in the entire GTA. With the Council and all of you in our corner, we will inspire the support that will provide our patients with medical expertise, up-to-date technology and cutting-edge treatments.”
The Chinese Philanthropic Council is one of six Councils coordinated through SHN Foundation, working diligently to expand the Foundation’s reach into targeted communities within Scarborough and to encourage them to give back. Specifically, they are responsible for identifying and soliciting significant donations from within the community, while also focusing effort on motivating advocacy and political movement.
“The Chinese Philanthropic Council – and indeed all six of our Philanthropic Councils – are change makers, advocates, and fundraisers impacting health care in Scarborough,” said Buller. “By joining the Council, you can support the countless innovative projects on the horizon at SHN that will transform how our community accesses and benefits from lifesaving health care. Thank you for taking up the charge to help us become the best community teaching health network not just in Toronto or Ontario, but the best from coast to coast to coast.”
Throughout the coming year, the Chinese Philanthropic Council plans to accelerate its activity, recruiting new members and conceiving ways to help raise support for exceptional health care in Scarborough. The Council will also be led by a new team of executive members: Steven Guan, Cary He, and Logan He.
“We are excited to get moving on community fundraising events and education sessions in partnership with SHN Foundation,” shared Guan. “Through these and other efforts, the Chinese Philanthropic Council is committed to bringing awareness on how to prevent diseases prevalent in the Chinese Community, while also funding the best health care for the Scarborough community.”
Learn more about the Chinese Philanthropic Council and sign up as a member at SHNCouncils.ca/Chinese.