NCCC hold the virtual festival for seniors—Praise of Canada

On Nov 20, NCCC hold the virtual festival named Praise of Canada which celebrated the 19th Toronto International Senior Festival.  There were over thousands of people watching the virtual festival. The party was produced and hosted by Mr. Harry Teng who has professional media qualifications.

President Bruce Yang gave a speech: He expressed his concerns to the elderly living at home under the epidemic, and sent the gratitude to the city councilor, MPP and MP who followed the virtual festival with video speeches or congratulatory letters. Also he said that in the future, with the strong support of the government, NCCC will further carry out a variety of actions, care for the elderly more, and serve the elderly Chinese better.

The host first read out the congratulatory letter sent by Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to NCCC, and after that was video speeches and congratulatory letters from Ontario Minster Ford, MP, MPP, Mayors and city councilor. In their speeches, the guests fully affirmed the great work that NCCC has done for the elderly. They pointed out that it is Government of Canada cares to about the elderly. NCCC will serve the elderly and help the government solve problems. They thank NCCC and hope that NCCC will continue to serve the elderly under the epidemic and work with the government to overcome difficulties.  

At the party, there were 18 performances including singing and dancing, Allegro, Peking opera, Hulusi solo, and Tai Chi sword martial arts, which lasted one and a half hours. After the video of the party was played, we received a lot of the praises. People were saying that it was a amazing festival and the performances enriched their life during the pandemic and they felt so happy. 

Since the beginning of the year, NCCC has arranged various online activities such as yoga fitness, Traditional Chinese medicine epidemic prevention lectures, learning smart phone and digital skills knowledge, and learning painting, so that members can still exercise at home, learn knowledge, and no longer be lonely. Also, NCCC had a lot of activities that care of elderly such as anti-epidemic supplies (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer) and rice, noodle, cooking oil. There are more than a thousand elderly, and the materials and food were weighed more than 30 tons, and there were hundreds of volunteers joined and helped.

The elderly were appreciated that President Bruce was worrying about arranging online activities. He personally led a group of volunteers to carry rice bags, arrange the delivery, etc. The elderly also know that those materials and food were from funds of government. They expressed their gratitude to the Government of Canada. Therefore NCCC decided the theme of the virtual festival called “Praise of Canada”.

 A total of 19 guests sent video speeches and congratulatory letters to NCCC.  They are:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Minister of Ontario Doug Ford

Minister of Sennior Deb Schulte, 

Minister of International Trade Mary Ng, 

MP Majid Jowhari, Shaun Chen, Jean Yip

Toronto Mayor John Tory 

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti

Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

MPP Vincent Ke, Billy Pang, Daisy Wai

City councilors Shelley Carroll, Isa Lee, Cynthia Lai, Alan Ho, Sandra Yeung Racco, Godwin Chan.

Nineteen government officials led by the prime minister to celebrate our virtual festival organized by NCCC is a miracle we have never seen before, and it is also another highlight of the party. The speeches of the 19 guests, especially the first time we saw MP Jean Yip, delivered a complete speech in Mandarin. The elderly understand the speech of guests were caring about the elderly, and also affirming and supporting the work of NCCC. We believe that all ethnic groups in Canada will be more united and live in harmony under the care of Government of Canada.


NCCC unites seven organizations to send warmth to Chinese seniors

On October 3, the New Canadian Community Centre(NCCC) held an event at the entrance of Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to care for the seniors during the epidemic.

This activity is jointly organized by Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mapleview Entertainment Inc., Jenny Learning Center Inc., Senior Art with Jenny Inc., Gansu Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Toronto Tianjin Art Troupe, and Yunnan Chamber of Commerce in Canada to send warmth “Caring for the elderly and fighting the epidemic”. This event is also sponsored and supported by Red Cross Canada.

On the day of the event, NCCC was informed by the government that it would reduce the number of people at the event to less than 50, equip them with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, and maintain a social distance of two meters. At 1:00 PM, host Melinda Wu announced that the ceremony of sending warmth began. Mr. Yang Haifeng, President of NCCC, expressed the most sincere greetings and concerns to the representatives and guests present. Although the ceremony of sending warmth was brief, care for the elderly was always put in the first place. In order to respond to the municipal government’s measures of epidemic prevention and community distance, NCCC took special measures, guests, according to the order of arrival speech one by one and then leave, the overall scene always keeps within 50 people and implement wearing masks and two meters of social distance.

Seniors are vulnerable groups in society,  many elderly people can only participate in activities that can communicate with each other due to the language barrier and traffic restrictions. Before the outbreak of the epidemic, NCCC often organizes the elderly to sing, dance, and paint, Sports, and other activities. In this epidemic, the government stipulates that they can only stay at home. For the elderly who stay at home for a long time, they have no children to accompany and respond to. In addition, the inconvenience caused the elderly to have difficulty in purchasing epidemic prevention materials and daily necessities. Their life situation is worrying. In order to make the elderly feel the warmth from society, NCCC and seven organizations organized a warming-sending event. They sent masks, hand sanitizers, and other anti-epidemic materials to the elderly to show their caring during the special period.

The event was supported by Canadian governments at three levels. Member of parliament Jean Yip, Majid Jowhari, Bob Saroya, and Shaun Chen, Member of Provincial Parliament and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Daisy Wai, MPP Billy Pang’s constituency assistant Larry Lau, City Councillor Alan Ho, all attended the event. They delivered speeches and sent their caring to the event. MP Jean Yip, a member of Parliament, gave the elderly members of the Agincourt branch of NCCC oranges to show their concern for the elderly in the Agincourt community.

Small Business Minister Mary Ng, MP Salma Zahid, MPP Aris Babikian, Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, Shelley Carroll, Isa Lee, and Godwin Chan who were not present at the event, also sent greeting letters to express their support for the event.

Then seven organizations on behalf of the Ontario college of traditional Chinese medicine President BinJiang Wu, the president of Jenny Learning Center Inc. And Senior Art with Jenny Inc., the president of Canada Gansu Federation of Chamber of Commerce Zhaoan Sui, the head of Toronto Tianjin Art Troupe Yuan Zhao, the president of Mapleview Entertainment Inc. Fengjie Zhe, the vice president of Canada Yunnan Chamber of Commerce Xiping Huang also expressed their support and greeting for the event. The epidemic in Canada is still severe, but the care and warmth never stop, no matter when and where, the heart is still with the elderly.

The event has been strongly recognized by the community and the government. The elderly told the reporter, “During the epidemic, the elderly often feel helpless. This event gives warmth to their lives and makes them feel that society and the government have not forgotten them.” At the end of the ceremony, delegates and volunteers from various branches of NCCC received 400 of epidemic prevention supplies, and another 200 were later distributed to the elderly who did not receive them.

“At this special period, I think we can do more for the elderly to make them feel the warmth and care of society. It is estimated that we will give the elderly more than 60,000 Canadian dollars for free protective goods and daily necessities. I will speak out with my actions and really care for the elderly.” Mr. HaiFeng Bruce Yang, President of NCCC, said that the team of NCCC is preparing the second batch of warm delivery activities, the second batch of warm delivery activities mainly to the elderly to send food supplies such as rice, flour, cooking oil, gloves, and so on. As rice, flour, oil, and other materials are heavily weighted, NCCC will send them directly to the homes of the elderly through volunteers so that they can feel the warmth of the society without leaving home.

During the epidemic, NCCC will regularly organize various online activities, such as health preservation in Chinese medicine, Chinese QiGong, yoga, and painting to enrich the lives of seniors at home. NCCC also plans to carry out more diversified online activities, such as nutritional meals for the seniors, gardening and planting, handcrafts, Tai Chi, singing and dancing, etc., to provide various online courses and activities for the seniors so that they will not feel lonely and isolated at home.  NCCC will especially hire psychological counseling experts to provide online lectures for the seniors during the epidemic to help them reduce their worries during the epidemic, and also provide consultation and help on the financial management of seniors to prevent fraud and other topics. Finally, NCCC will continue to cooperate with the community and the government to organize more online activities and offline condolences to give more support and care to the seniors in our community.





The New Canadian Community Centre (NCCC) holds Tea Culture Lectures

On July 8, 2019, the NCCC and New Echo TV jointly held A lecture entitled “A Cup of TEA free TEA culture for the elderly”, which attracted more than 50 senior citizens to participate.

In this lecture, Toronto tea art lecturer Meng Jun, as the instructor, shared a lot of interesting knowledge and cultural background about tea with the elderly present. The content of the lecture includes how to identify different kinds of tea, how to store different kinds of tea, how to brew different kinds of tea correctly, and the details that need to be paid attention to when drinking tea, etc.

Meng Jun started with the teacup in everyone’s hands and introduced tea to “only brew but not soak”. He gave a comprehensive and detailed explanation on the color and fragrance of different types of tea, and then demonstrated the correct way to make tea.

In the hot summer, everyone can drink a cup of tea prepared by Mengjun, which is fragrant and soothing.

From the registration stage of the lecture, it has attracted many old people to participate enthusiastically. They not only listened carefully, but also stood beside Meng Jun and observed her way of making tea.

And in the last free question and answer session, everyone actively participated in questions and discussions, and asked a lot of questions about tea culture. Ms. Meng Jun also patiently answered them one by one.

Through this lecture, the elderly learned a lot about tea culture and gained a lot from free tea culture lectures.