Canada Day Parade 2016

On July 1, 2016 by admin

Jimmy and his Montreal Chinese community participated in the Canada Day parade again this year. This marks Jimmy’s 20th year being part of this amazing event! This year was especially important because his community had the honour of being in Section B, leading the parade!

Honorable Jimmy Chan, president of the two Chan’s Associations in the Chinese community was the very first Chinese person as a pioneer, leader and organizer to put together the very first Chinese group to participate in the Canada Day parade in Montreal 39 years ago.

The founder of the Montreal Canada Day Parade the Honorable Dr. Roopnarine Singh had appointed Jimmy Chan and honored him with a “Canada Day Parade Certificate of Recognition” for Jimmy’s dedications in his work on the cultural diversity as the First Chinese Community leader in the successful achievements of having the Chinese community join in the Canada Day parade 39 years ago.

Jimmy continues year after year to encourage new Chinese immigrants to participate in the Canada Day parade as Proud Chinese Canadians.

Because of our Honorable Jimmy Chan started the Chinese community Canada Day parade 39 years ago, now the next Chinese generations and the new Chinese immigrants are influenced to take part of the annual Canada Day Parade.

Jimmy said: I am a proud Canadian. I am proud to have been the very First Chinese person as a pioneer to lead our Montreal Chinese Community to take part in the Canada Day parade since 39 years ago, and I am still strongly leading our next generations to take part as proud Canadians to celebrate our culture, our heritage and diversity.

Our Honorable Jimmy Chan is the president of the two Chan’s Associations in the Chinese community (Montreal Chan Wing Cheoug Ton Association, and the Gee How Oak Tin Association).

Jimmy is also:

Founder/President – One World One Humanity (Humanitarian Volunteer Mission)

Founder/President/Team Builder/Coach – Montreal International Dragon Boat Race Association and Cultural Festival

Founder/President/Sifu – Canadian International Martial Arts Alliance Committee (Montreal International Martial Arts Festival)

New Creations Artistic Director/Coach at Cirque du Soleil

Actor (Full ACTRA Member)/Director/Film Maker/Writer – In Movie, TV Entertainment Industry

Special Message From Jimmy:

In my 39 years organizing our Chinese community at the annual Canada day parade, this year we had more than 680 proud Chinese Canadians from their different Cultural associations join in at the Parade. We had the honour of being in section B leading the Parade. It was awesome! The weather was perfect!

I was on the Dragon Drum as the Dragon Master drumming on a big drum with our honorable Glen Woo leading our Chinese community at the Parade.

The feeling was amazing and I was proud to have my family cheer us on along with thousands of people to celebrate who we are as proud Canadians, as we have made this beautiful land our home!

I also had the honor of being invited onto the VIP stage along with Dr. Shao president of our MCCUC, president of Montreal Free Maison, our Montreal mayor and others.

I want to thank all the great volunteers who helped decorated our Dragon Float for the Canada Day Parade yesterday! A Big thanks to my great friend and a great drummer, Sifu Glen Woo. And thank you to Lion Dancers Matthew Chan, Mackenzie Chan, Tommy Woo, Danny Wu, Franky Yuen and Free Maison Lion Dance team, Kin Yiu and his Feng Huang Wushu team, Wayne Out, as well as the mighty Dragon dancers. And thank you to my wonderful wife Susan Woo and our Chan family! And thank you Wok Cafe for sponsoring us with great food!

A special thanks to Xian Hu from 7days Chinese community newspaper for covering the whole event!

And a special thanks to Dr. Shao President of MCCUC, Mr. Li from our MCCUC and Lin Guo for being our great coordinator, and with my heart felt thanks to all the 680 people from many of your cultural associations, and schools. I really appreciate the support and the assistance from our Montreal Chinese Embassy, and our MCCUC, joining in together yesterday at the parade to celebrate Canada day.

You all have made this the most successful and memorable Chinese Community Canada day parade to be proud of for days to come!

Special thanks to our Montreal Canada Day Parade Main Organizers:

Honorable Nick Cowen, President of the Canada Day Parade

Honorable Caroline Poksak, Executive Director of the Canada Day Parade Organization

Credit of the pictures and video taken at the 2016 Canada Day Parade go to Angela Chan & Jonathan Chan. Thank you both for your great team work and your full-hearted volunteer spirit in the Chinese Community!

Please forward my message to share with the others, thank you !

Until then, see you all next year 2017 at the Ville de Montreal 375e Anniversary Celebration Canada Day parade!

Thank you!

Jimmy Chan 陈燮堃

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