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- A Message from our President, Winnie Cheung
- Upcoming Events: "Family History with a Smartphone" Workshop Series
- Recruiting Cultural Ambassadors
- Congratulations Dr. Henry Yu!
-  RBC Canadian Immigrant Awards - Vote for Madeline Chung
Become a Member

A Message from our President, Winnie Cheung
Dear Friends,

We are so fortunate to be on the West Coast, where the warm Pacific currents make us the harbinger of Spring for the rest of the country. Rows upon rows of cherry trees in Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and many other parts of BC are warming up for their Spring extravaganza. Soon the fabulous displays of pink and white blossoms will be delighting young and old, inspiring hope and injecting new energy into all who stop to savour the moment.

Hope is what we have at PCHC-MoM Society. When people first hear of our dream to build a museum of migration in Pacific Canada, their first reaction typically is: “Wow! This is a very big undertaking,” immediately followed with: “What an excellent idea!”

From our inaugural symposium in 2013 to our last public event in 2015 in the form of “A Banquet of Stories”, we have received resounding approval from the community at large. The official blessings of the Musqueam Nation, the continued support of the universities closest to home, and expanding collaboration with other museums and cultural organizations have helped us to build a solid foundation at grass-roots level. Run by dedicated volunteers with financial support from individuals and small business sponsors, we have been able to provide free programming to encourage community participation. 2016 will see us offer more activities for intercultural and inter-generational learning to enhance understanding of a more inclusive history of Canada.

If you have time, expertise, and passion to help realize our dream, sign up as a voting member or simply respond to our call for volunteers. It truly has been a very rewarding experience serving on the board and I highly recommend it!

Winnie L. CHEUNG
Thanks to Our Returning Sponsors in 2016:
  • UBC Library: Community Engagement 
  • AMICUS Lawyers: Legal Services 
  • DCIS: Conference Sponsor
  • Jim Chow CPA,CMA: Financial Sponsor
RSVP to "Family History with a Smartphone" Info Session
We will be showcasing and celebrating videos from A Banquet of Stories at our free information session on April 9th, 1:00pm at the UBC Learning Exchange

RSVP here.
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Upcoming Events: "Family History with a Smartphone" Workshop Series

Do you have an elder in your family who has stories to tell but few members of the family have heard them? Would you like to learn how to record and preserve the stories of struggle and triumph of your parents or grandparents for your own children and grandchildren to know? Learn how through this workshop series offered by PCHC-MoM in partnership with UBC Asian Library. Learn how stories are gathered, and how the histories of Asian migrants to British Columbia and Canada can be exhibited as an heirloom for generations to come. We encourage all cultures and generations to come out — bring your grandfather, granddaughter, great uncle, niece, nephew! Don't forget to RSVP.

Recruiting Cultural Ambassadors
Exciting training opportunities for volunteers to become PCHC Cultural Ambassadors:

- to work at an international conference, 
- to guide cultural walking tours, 
- to animate an exhibit or serve on a working committee to advance the PCHC-MoM mandate. 

Visit to find out more.

If you can speak French or English, and even converse in another popular language (such as Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, or Tagalog),  and are willing to be trained to qualify as one of the "Cultural Ambassadors" of the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre (PCHC), please click here to download the application. PCHC is offering a training program for volunteers to become Cultural Ambassadors, who will guide visitors at cultural walking tours, special exhibitions and intercultural historical events. 
Congratulations Dr. Henry Yu! 
Congratulations to Director Henry Yu for winning the BC Multicultural Award (formerly known as the Nesika Award) in November 2015!

We thank Henry for designating PCHC-MoM Society as the beneficiary of the cash award of $5,000 which goes towards supporting our educational and community building activities.
RBC Canadian Immigrant Awards - Vote for Madeline Chung

About Madeline Chung

Dr. Madeline Chung was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Hong Kong. She came to North America in 1949 and specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology. For a time the only Chinese-speaking obstetrician in Vancouver, she delivered more than 6,500 babies during her four-decade-long career. In 1999, she was made an honorary life member of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a founding member of the True Light Chinese School in Vancouver and, along with her husband, Wallace Chung, has contributed greatly to the community.

Graduating with distinction from the Yale-in-China Medical School in Changsa, Hunan, China and, after a series of internships that included stints at Seattle’s Tacoma Hospital, Victoria’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Montreal’s St. Mary’s Hospital, Chung worked at the Vancouver General Hospital and Grace Hospital.

Chung had to overcome various barriers in Canada to attain her education to acquire her medical credentials – from overcoming language difficulties to fighting racial bias to setting up her own practice in Vancouver at a time when women had no legal rights and couldn’t even secure a bank loan on their own. But Chung managed to build an illustrious career, becoming the first woman to practise legally as a gynaecologist in B.C.

In 1999, the Chung family made an exceptional gift to the University of British Columbia Library, with their donation of the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection.

In making a generous gift of this unique and extensive research collection, Dr. Chung’s husband, Wallace Chung gave back to Canada something of what he and his family had gained since his grandfather came from China to settle in Victoria more than 100 years ago. Madeline Chung is a co-founder of the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection at the UBC Library, which is recognized as a national treasure and the W.B. and M.H. Chung Library of Vancouver Maritime Museum, acknowledged by Heritage Canada as a certified Canadian Cultural Property.

Above all, Madeline Chung is a humble, kind, and selfless woman who has done so much for her community, family, and friends. Please honour her by voting for her for the Top 25 in the RBC Canadian Immigrant Awards.

Become a Member
Would you like to support the dream of building a Museum of Migration on the west coast of Canada? Do you want to having voting rights to help determine the future of a meaningful and important resource for migration history and personal family history? Then become a Member of PCHC-MoM today! Member rights include voting rights, invitations to our AGMs, and discounts/comps to our programming and events! In special cases, initiation fees can be waived.

To download the Membership Form, click here.

For more information, contact Eleanor Munk at <>.
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