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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. celebrates 45th anniversary on Parliament Hill

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May 31, 2018

 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. celebrates 45th anniversary on Parliament Hill

Ottawa, ON – In recognition of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s 45th anniversary, Senator Mobina Jaffer, MP Jenny Kwan, Senator Yonah Martin, Minister Harjit Sajjan, Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP Alice Wong and Senator Yuen Pau Woo co-hosted a delegation from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. at an event on Parliament Hill this afternoon.

Named S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on the Hill, the lunch reception welcomed close to 100 guests, including other members of parliament, senators, members of the diplomatic corps, and approximately 35 board members and other guests from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. At the reception, the co-hosts praised S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for its work in serving newcomers and the community at large.

“As a proud British Columbian and a daughter of immigrants, it is my honour to co-host S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on the Hill in our nation’s capital to congratulate and celebrate the remarkable 45th anniversary of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.,” said Senator Yonah Martin. “For more than four decades, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has demonstrated excellence in immigration settlement and community services across British Columbia and abroad. I have also visited the first overseas office in Seoul, Korea, where S.U.C.C.E.S.S. provides a bridge for hopeful immigrants to prepare for new life in Canada. On behalf of all of the co-hosts, thank you S.U.C.C.E.S.S.!”

Maggie Ip, founder and patron of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; Donnie Wing, chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; and Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, all expressed their gratitude to the co-hosts and guests for their support.

“We are tremendously honoured to be hosted on Parliament Hill in celebration of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s 45th anniversary,” said Queenie Choo. “Since 1973 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has grown from an organization with under 10 staff to one that now has more than 20 service locations across BC and three overseas offices. Last year, thanks to support from the government and the community, we served more than 61,000 clients who came to us for everything from pre-arrival, arrival and settlement services, to language training, employment support, affordable housing and seniors care. The recognition we received this afternoon affirms our commitment to serving the community and energizes us in continuing to assist newcomers as they settle and make Canada their home.”

At the reception, Senator Yuen Pau Woo also presented Maggie Ip and husband Kelly Ip with the Senate 150th Anniversary Medals, in recognition of their decades of contributions to the community.

For photos of the event, visit https://bit.ly/2LKgYPU.

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.

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Maria Cordero Returns to Perform Two Charity Shows for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

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Maria Cordero Returns to Perform Two Charity Shows for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

 

May 17, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – Following the overwhelming popularity of the 2017 Frances Yip S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Charity Concert, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is excited to host another superstar from Asia to perform in Vancouver this summer.

Maria Cordero, affectionately known as “Fei Ma” by her fans and friends, will be performing on August 17 and 18, 2018, at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond for the 2018 Maria Cordero S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Charity Concert. Her beautiful vocals and razor-sharp wit are sure to delight audiences in Vancouver.

  

All proceeds from the concert will go to support important social services and programs at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. that are unfunded or partially funded by the government, such as programs that serve youth, women, families and seniors. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is aiming to raise $150,000 from the two concerts. 

 

Maria Cordero began her singing career in 1985. Known for her powerful and versatile vocal style, Maria’s music transcends language and genre. In 1988, the song “Beam of Friendship” from her debut album won gold in Hong Kong's prestigious “Top 10 Chinese Gold Songs Awards.” In October 2013, Maria, along with two other well-known singers Frances Yip and Elisa Chan, gave sold-out performances at the “Three Divas Concert” in Hong Kong.

In a pre-recorded interview, Maria expressed her eagerness to support S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation and her excitement in seeing her fans and friends in Vancouver. “It brings me joy every time I perform in this beautiful and culturally diverse city,” said Maria. “It also gives me pleasure to lend a helping hand to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation’s fundraising efforts.”

“Maria has always been very supportive of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.,” said Walter Soo, Jeffrey Chan and Cheryl Kwok, co-chairs of the 2018 Maria Cordero S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Charity Concert. “Her performance at the 2014 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala was marvellous and was the talk of the town here. We’re excited and thankful for her return to support S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation again.”

Information on the 2018 Maria Cordero S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Charity Concert

Dates and Time: August 17 and 18, 2018 (Friday and Saturday) at 8 pm

Venue: River Rock Show Theatre, 8811 River Road, Richmond

Tickets: $68, $98, $138 and $198 (VIP). Tickets can be purchased at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver.

For more information, please call 604-408-7228.

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

Incorporated in 2001, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is a charitable organization responsible for raising funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations to support their mandates to better the community. For more information, visit www.successfoundation.ca.

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, visit www.success.bc.ca.

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Sunny Leung                                                 Winnie Tam

Chief Development Officer                            Director, Strategic Communications & Marketing

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

Tel: 604-408-7228                                         Tel: 604-408-7230

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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. names its newest Richmond service location as S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Johnny Fong Social Services Centre

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May 12, 2018

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. names its newest Richmond service location as
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Johnny Fong Social Services Centre

Richmond, BC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of BC's largest not-for-profit social service agencies, named its newest Richmond service location as the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Johnny Fong Social Services Centre at a ceremony today. The name recognizes a significant donation from well-known philanthropist and longtime donor to S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Johnny Fong. The ceremony was attended by senior leaders of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, as well as representatives from the three levels of government.

"We're honoured to recognize Mr. Johnny Fong's generous contribution with the naming of this centre," said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. "Through his giving, Mr. Fong has demonstrated true leadership and his deep desire to give back to the community. His gift will enable our staff at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Johnny Fong Social Services Centre to continue to provide much-needed support and programming to newcomers and other residents in Richmond."

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Johnny Fong Social Services Centre is located on the ground floor of Storeys, an innovative housing development with on-site supportive services. The development is the result of a unique partnership between all three levels of government and a consortium of five non-profit organizations, including S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

"In the past 45 years, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has served as a bridge for countless newcomers to Canada," said Johnny Fong. "It's a cause in which I deeply believe and one that I have supported for more than 20 years. I feel great pride to give back to the community in this way, and I hope that others will join me in supporting S.U.C.C.E.S.S."

Currently, the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Johnny Fong Social Services Centre offers programs such as English classes, citizenship preparation, Zumba and food safety courses. The auditorium on the ground floor has held many community events, including job fairs and wellness workshops. The auditorium is available for rent to community groups and businesses year-round.

"As a Patron of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, Mr. Johnny Fong has really shown what it means to be a community leader," added Brandon Hui, chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. "We are so thankful for Mr. Fong's continued support and hope that his generosity will inspire others to join in his philanthropy."

For photos of the event, visit https://bit.ly/2KiCN7S.

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

Incorporated in 2001, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is a charitable foundation that raises funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations in support of their mandate to better and enrich the community. For more details, please visit www.successfoundation.ca.

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Contact:

Winnie Tam

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

Tel: 604-408-7230

Cell: 604-763-1937

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Citizenship ceremony hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. welcomes 50 new Canadians

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Citizenship ceremony hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. welcomes 50 new Canadians

Vancouver, BC– Fifty individuals became new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony held at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. head office in Vancouver this morning. The ceremony was organized by Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada Citizenship and marked S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s first  time of hosting such an event at its headquarters since the location’s opening in 1998.

“We are honoured to host this citizenship ceremony and to bear witness to the significant moment at which 50 people’s lives changed forever,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “Over the past 45 years, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.  has helped tens of thousands of immigrants to settle and achieve their full potential in Canada. Seeing these 50 people celebrate such a momentous step in their Canadian journey is particularly meaningful for us.”

Citizenship Judge Roy Wong presided over the proceedings at today’s ceremony. Commodore Jeffrey Zwick, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Armed Forces; and Bonnie Teng, Board  Secretary, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Board of Directors, served as special speakers on behalf of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

For photos of the event, please visit https://bit.ly/2rAMOWf.

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.

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

Tel: 604-408-7230

Cell: 604-763-1937

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40th Annual Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala Raises $650K

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March 11, 2018

40th Annual Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala Raises $650K

Vancouver, BC – More than 800 guests attended the 40th annual Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala on March 10 in support of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of the largest social service agencies in BC. The event raised an amazing $650,000 through dinner ticket sales, live and silent auctions, raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and donations, making it one of the most successful events hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. Funds raised will support essential S.U.C.C.E.S.S. programs and services, such as the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K. Y. Lee Seniors Care Home, Chinese Help Lines, Youth Leadership Millennium Program, Korean Counselling Program and the Multicultural Early Childhood Development Program.

“The gala was extremely popular and all dinner tickets sold out one month prior to the event,” said Walter Soo, Jeffrey Chan and Timothy Hsia, Co-Chairs of the 2018 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala. “We are grateful for this overwhelming support and are thrilled knowing that proceeds will make a difference for so many newcomers, seniors, youth and women in the community who depend on S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’s services.”

Some of the dignitaries in attendance included Hon. Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defense; Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia; Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond; and Tong Xiaoling, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver.

The evening began with a spectacular performance that took guests through the rich history of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Throughout the evening, guests enthusiastically bid on more than 150 silent auction items, including an extensive selection of wine, electronics, furniture, dining certificates and other exquisite items donated by local businesses.  

The feature performance by Fred Cheng was the event’s highlight. A Canadian-born singer and actor now based in Hong Kong, Fred serenaded guests with a variety of English and Chinese songs.

Since 1997, Air Canada has been the Official Airline Sponsor of the Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala and has flown in excess of 100 artists, including Fred Cheng, from different cities to Vancouver to participate over the years.

“We are thankful for the support and contributions from our generous sponsors and donors who make the gala a resounding success year after year,” said Brandon Hui, Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

First launched in 1978, the gala has raised more than $11 million for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. programs and services that receive no or partial funding from the government.

The Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala is one of three major annual fundraising events hosted by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. The other events are the Walk with the Dragon and a golf tournament.

For photos of the 2018 Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala, please visit here: http://bit.ly/2FKFZKE


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

Incorporated in 2001, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is a charitable organization responsible for raising funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations to support their mandates to better the community. For more information, visit www.successfoundation.ca .

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 provides settlement services for newcomers, language training, employment training, family and youth counselling, seniors care, affordable housing and more. For more details, visit www.success.bc.ca .  

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Contacts:

Sunny Leung                        
Chief Development Officer                
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation                
Tel: 604-408-7228                          
Cell: 778-991-7263                    
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Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7243      
Cell: 778-997-8283
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