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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. celebrates 45th anniversary and announces new Board Chair

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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. celebrates 45th anniversary and announces new Board Chair

September 30, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of the largest social services agencies in BC, celebrated its 45th anniversary today at a special luncheon attended by more than 300 guests. At its annual general meeting that immediately followed the lunch, the agency announced Terry Yung as its new Board Chair.

“As a long-term S.U.C.C.E.S.S. volunteer and immigrant myself, I am honoured to serve as Chair,” said Terry Yung. “I’m looking forward to working with a talented and committed Board and staff team to further our priorities of delivering affordable housing to help address this critical need, as well as in seniors care to support this rapidly growing demographic.”  

At the luncheon, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan delivered greetings on behalf of the federal government. The Honourable Bruce Ralston, the Honourable Shane Simpson, and Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie provided greetings on behalf of the provincial and municipal governments, respectively.

Guests were treated to video presentations that showcased the significant milestones that have shaped the agency in the past 45 years, as well as memorable moments from the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on the Hill event, which took place in Ottawa in May. A performance by the Azalea Ensemble of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s School of Music brought the luncheon to an outstanding close.

At its 45th AGM, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. also welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors: Rebecca Clapperton Law, Lauren Liang, Dr. Joy Masuhara, Helen Song, Kathleen Wong and Terry Wong.
 
“On behalf of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., I would like to convey our sincere gratitude to immediate past chair Donnie Wing for his commitment and thoughtful leadership,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “We look forward to working with the new Board of Directors led by Terry Yung as S.U.C.C.E.S.S. continues to provide innovative programming to newcomers and Canadians and advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations.”

In 2017-18, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. served more than 61,800 unique clients and provided over 148,000 client services through its 30 service locations in BC and three offices in China, South Korea and Taiwan. The 2017-18 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. annual report is available for viewing online at https://www.successbc.ca/eng/company/annual-report.

For photos, visit https://bit.ly/2zGAEA9.

 

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New S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Board members: (from left to right) Lauren Liang, Helen Song, Kathleen Wong, Rebecca Clapperton Law, Dr. Joy Masuhara, Terry Wong

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S. 
Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia. It is a charitable organization that provides services in settlement, language training, employment, family counselling, youth leadership training, business and economic development, health care and housing. For more details, please visit www.success.bc.ca.

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Winnie Tam

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Tel: 604-408-7230

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Six Vancouver mayoral candidates attend public townhall organized by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and CIJA

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Six Vancouver mayoral candidates attend public townhall organized by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and CIJA

September 23, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) hosted a public pre-election townhall today with six Vancouver mayoral candidates to discuss a variety of important topics.

Mayoral candidates who were present were Hector Bremner, David Chen, Ken Sim, Kennedy Stewart, Shauna Sylvester and Wai Young. The townhall drew close to 150 people to attend. The session was moderated by Jody Vance.

“Promoting civic participation is one of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s mandates,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “We believe it’s important to engage our diverse community stakeholders and provide as many opportunities as possible for the public to hear from candidates who are running for such an important office. It was a pleasure to co-host the townhall with longtime partner CIJA since we share many of the same priorities.”

Candidates were asked to address questions submitted by the public ahead of the townhall relating to the seven topics pre-selected by the event co-organizers. The session was delivered in English and simultaneous interpretation to Cantonese and Mandarin was provided.

“We wanted to find topics that were of relevance and concern for both sets of constituents,” said Nico Slobinsky, Director of CIJA Pacific Region. “The townhall allowed our respective communities to hear from its potential leaders for Mayor and learn about their views on access to culturally sensitive services; affordability; community security; transportation and accessibility; inclusion; immigration; and the delivery of cultural appropriate care for seniors. We were delighted to once again partner with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to bring this important forum into the community.”

For photos, visit https://bit.ly/2O9jTWm.

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest not-for-profit social service agencies in British Columbia. It provides comprehensive services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth counselling, business and economic development, seniors care, housing and community development. For more details, please visit www.success.bc.ca.

About The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada by advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community. For more information, please visit www.cija.ca.

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Contacts:

Nico Slobinsky

Director, Pacific Region

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

Tel: 604-622-4240

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Winnie Tam

Director of Strategic Communications & Marketing

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

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Premier Horgan visits S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s culturally appropriate seniors care programs in Vancouver

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Premier Horgan visits S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s culturally appropriate seniors care programs in Vancouver

September 22, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – Premier John Horgan, MLA Anne Kang, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Seniors, and members of the Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee (CCCAC) toured the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K.Y. Lee Seniors Care Home, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chieng’s Adult Day Centre, and assisted living facility S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Harmony House in Vancouver today.

Led by S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the tour gave attendees an overview of the culturally appropriate care and services provided by the non-profit organization to seniors in different stages of aging. Culturally appropriate care recognizes the backgrounds of seniors and respects their wishes and needs. It includes, among other things, access to familiar language, food, celebratory events and recreational activities. The visit was prompted by a letter sent to the Premier’s office by the Asian Canadian Seniors Health Network (ACSHN), highlighting the needs of East Asian seniors in Metro Vancouver.

“Seniors should feel safe and cared-for in familiar surroundings,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our government is working with organizations like S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to provide seniors with health services that recognize and respect unique cultural backgrounds and language needs. We’re working together to deliver improved services for everyone in B.C., including working to expand the scope of services seniors need to live in dignity, at home, and in care facilities."

Following the tour, Premier Horgan, Minister Katrina Chen, Minister George Chow, Minister Bruce Ralston, MLA Kang, and members of CCCAC and ACSHN engaged in a roundtable discussion.

“We’re honoured to have Premier Horgan visit our seniors care programs so that we can showcase the importance of culturally appropriate care to seniors’ health and well-being,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and co-chair of ACSHN. “We thank the provincial government for their attention to this issue, and look forward to working together to address the growing needs of our seniors population. We also hope that through this visit and roundtable, we can, together, commit to doing some important and meaningful work for seniors.”

For photos, visit https://bit.ly/2znTTi2.

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest not-for-profit social service agencies in British Columbia. It provides comprehensive services in settlement, language training,
employment, family and youth counselling, business and economic development, seniors care, housing and community development.

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K.Y. Lee Seniors Care Home is a 114-bed facility for cognitively impaired seniors and residents with complex care needs. Seniors at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Harmony House, located next to the care home, live in their own self-contained units with bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, and receive regular hospitality and personal care services. The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chieng’s Adult Day Centre provides seniors who live at home with several hours of tailored programming on weekdays, such as health monitoring and social activities. For more details, please visit www.success.bc.ca.

About the Asian Canadian Seniors Health Network

The Asian Canadian Seniors Health Network (ACSHN) is an alliance that represents more than 75,000 seniors in the Chinese-Canadian, Japanese-Canadian, Indo-Canadian, Filipino-Canadian, South-Asian-Canadian, Vietnamese-Canadian, Korean-Canadian and other Asian Canadian communities of British Columbia.

Member organizations of ACSHN include Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies at UBC; National Association of Japanese Canadians; Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society; Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society; and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

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 Contacts:

Winnie Tam                                                                             Sage Aaron

Director, Strategic Communications & Marketing                 Director of Communications 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.                                                                       Office of the Premier of BC

Tel: 604-408-7230                                                                   Cell: 778-678-0832

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Annual Health Fair in Burnaby attracts more than 1,000 attendees

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Annual Health Fair in Burnaby attracts more than 1,000 attendees

September 16, 2018 – Burnaby, BC – Organized by S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (BC) and the Chinese Canadian Dental Society of BC, with support from UBC’s InterCultural Online Health Network (iCON), the annual Health Fair came to a successful close in Burnaby today with 1,200 participants.

The goal of the Health Fair was to provide members of the public, particularly the Chinese-speaking community, with the latest information about health awareness, disease prevention and management, and healthy lifestyles.

Among the special guests in attendance at the event’s opening ceremony were Mayor Derek Corrigan; Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake and Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors; Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby Edmonds; Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North; and Burnaby City Councillor James Wang.

“I would like to thank our staff, volunteers, event sponsors and, particularly our partners – the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (BC) and the Chinese Canadian Dental Society of BC – for making the Health Fair possible,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “I hope that through this event, the community was able to gain access to relevant information that benefits their overall health and well-being.”

This year’s Health Fair featured 12 talks in Cantonese and Mandarin on health and disease management topics, as well as 35 exhibition booths and free health tests and screenings for all attendees. It provided a valuable platform for local non-profit organizations, community groups and businesses to inform the public about the health resources and services that are available in the community. The event also helped to break language barriers for members of the Chinese-speaking community in accessing health-related information. While the seminars were delivered in Chinese, exhibits at the Fair provided information in both English and Chinese and all health screenings were available to members of the public.

For event photos, visit https://bit.ly/2xgWWXU.

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IMG_5443: Derek Corrigan, Mayor of Burnaby; and Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

IMG_5446: (from left) Eliza Chang, Program Director, Special Projects, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; Dr. Brian Xinyong Wang, President, Chinese Canadian Medical Society (BC); Dr. Henry Tran, Co-Chair, Health Fair 2018 and Director, Chinese Canadian Medical Society BC; Dr. A. Maria Chung, Co-Chair, Health Fair 2018 and Board member, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; Queenie Choo, CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds; Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North; Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake and Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors.

About the Health Fair

Since its inception in 1991, the annual Health Fair has hosted more than 300 seminars attended by 30,000 participants. It draws over 1,000 people from across Metro Vancouver each year and is the most popular health fair in the Chinese community in BC. For more information, www.healthfairbc.com or www.facebook.com/SUCCESSBC under Events.

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Contacts:

Jacky Leung                                                   Winnie Tam

Event Coordinator, Health Fair 2018              Director, Strategic Communications & Marketing

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.                                               S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Cell: 236-688-1248                                         Cell: 604-763-1937

Tel: 604-408-7274 Ext. 2048                          Tel: 604-408-7230

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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society’s Goodwill Ambassador Council hosts 39 performers for Cantonese Opera Charity Extravaganza 2018

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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society’s Goodwill Ambassador Council hosts 39 performers for Cantonese Opera Charity Extravaganza 2018

September 15, 2018 – Richmond, BC – The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society’s Goodwill Ambassador Council is excited to announce that 39 members from the Guangdong Yue Theatre from China will be giving two Cantonese opera performances on September 18 and 19, 7 pm to 11 pm, at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. The performances will raise funds for the replacement of an emergency response system at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K.Y. Lee Seniors Care Home, expected to cost approximately $200,000.

“The equipment we use in our seniors care programs has a remarkable impact on the safety and quality of service we provide to our residents.” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “We are grateful that so many artists from the famous Guangdong Yue Theatre are able to come to support our fundraising initiative to help enhance the safety and quality of care for our seniors. I’d also like to thank the Goodwill Ambassador Council for its continuous support and for demonstrating such a caring spirit for seniors in our community.”  

The emergency response system currently in use is 17 years old and is not able to keep up with today’s advanced technology. Staff rely on the system as the primary mode of 24/7 staff-to-staff and residents-to-staff communication. The system ensures the safety of residents by providing emergency peripheral stations for pull cords at the bedside and in bathrooms; it also supports the use of fall prevention hardware such as bed checks and chair checks.

The troupe from the Guangdong Yue Theatre will be in Vancouver from September 15 to 22. On September 17, the artists will visit Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey to introduce the art of Cantonese opera to students. The performance on September 18 will include nine acts of selected episodes from “Famous Dramas” while the September 19 performance will feature the long play “The Legend of Madam White Snake.”

For photos of the news conference, visit https://bit.ly/2MzW9Gf.

About the Goodwill Ambassador Council

The Goodwill Ambassador Council was established in 2006 with the mission to enhance the quality of life for residents and clients of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society. To date, the Council has raised more than $1 million in support of equipment purchases and expansion of services at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society.

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society was incorporated in 1995 with the goal of providing a continuum of culturally appropriate care for seniors. Its programs and services include:

  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K.Y. Lee Seniors Care Home
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Harmony House, an assisted living facility, in Vancouver
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Austin Harris Residence, On Tak Cheung Building, an assisted living facility in Richmond
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chieng’s Adult Day Centre in Vancouver
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Jackson Lam Adult Day Centre in Richmond
  • Chinese Meals on Wheels service in Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest not-for-profit social service agencies in British Columbia. It provides comprehensive services in settlement, language training,
employment, family and youth counselling, business and economic development, seniors care, housing and community development. For more information, visit www.success.bc.ca.

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Contacts:

Edna Hui                                                         Winnie Tam

Manager, Social & Volunteer Services          Director, Strategic Communications & Marketing

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Society      S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

604-608-8830                                                  604-408-7230

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