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CALGARY INTERNATIONAL GLOBALFEST
August 25, 2018


Sheila and Ted attended Consul General Lu’s reception for China Night at Calgary’s International Globalfest and fireworks competition on August 25. Photos of Fosters with CG’s personal assistant, fireworks, the China pavilion and China dance show.






PANDA WELCOME DINNER!
May 28, 2018


Here are some photos from our very special Panda Welcome Dinner on May 29. We thank everyone who attended and also congratulate our prize winners. It was a wonderful evening of good food, better company and those cute pandas!

Map of China indicating Nanchang with PRC consuls
Newest and youngest member Tom, Eve and Zoe
Intricate bamboo salad
Duck cold plate
Chicken, vegetables and bamboo fungus
Panda display
Nora and panda presentation
Prize draw and winner
Draw prizes
Thank you gifts for Kira and Aurora
Members enjoy exchanges







President Sheila Foster attended the ribbon cutting for Consul General’s event to open the exhibit at City Hall Apr 27.

Photos clockwise: With CG Lu Xu; panda model maker (panda paper cutter was also there); with Edmonton CCFA president; ribbon cutting with Mayor Nenshi; Consul Xiao with daughter and pandas; with brush painting honoring pandas.






There was a bit too much snow for Mackenzie Kinnaird to make it from school to our Chinese New Year dinner. But she later enjoyed the beautiful book of Chinese stamps presented to her (via mom Mary) that evening. Thanks for providing the photograph!






CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER
February 5, 2018


Here are some photos from our very successful Chinese New Year dinner. Thanks to Angela and CIBC for the donation of a crystal dog which was raffled off. Our 4 dogs gathered for a photo opportunity. One of them got carried away with the pork knuckle bone! We enjoyed Linda’s memories of teaching in China and will welcome her back again in future to tell us more about her many and varied experiences all over China.

Thanks to everyone for making this such a memorable evening.

Sheila Foster
President






DECEMBER A.G.M. AND DINNER
Monday December 4, 2017


We had a wonderful evening last night feasting on the creative dishes of the Chinese Cultural Restaurant Team. Sheila held our AGM (minutes to follow) and we finally watched a very informative video on Bamboo - and for those of you who remember, it worked this time! We also welcomed a new member, James Huang. He came from Winnipeg just 2 weeks ago and has lots of experience with CCFA. Thank you to our guests Ken, Yoyo, Dorothy and John. You all made it more special.

1. James Haung has joined our executive as a director
2. New members Ken and Yoyo enjoy joining our group
3-6 Vivian and her chef dreamed up some special dishes for our lat dinner of the year and AGM.







It was a wonderful Chinese National Day celebration and hearty welcome for the new Consul General Mme. LU Xu and her husband Mr. HE Jun. Seen here welcoming Mme. Lu are CCCCFA directors Morag MacLellan and Kelly Wan at the Calgary Cultural Centre.





FALL DINNER
Monday October 16, 2017


Fall is truly here. Our dinner theme on October 16 was based on the Autumn/harvest time. It was held at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine and we thank everyone who joined us for this festive event. We thank Vivian and her team for the exciting menu they put together!

Peking Duck (skin with pancake)
B.b.q pork and soya chicken with jelly fish
Duck Soup with dry scallop
Honey pepper beef tenderloin
Spicy squid tentacle
Steamed egg tofu stuffed with shrimp paste
Sweet and sour pork
Lohon style mixed vegetable
Steamed fish
Pineapple duck meat fried rice

After dinner, our guests were able to watch a short award- winning documentary on what life is like for the younger generation in China.






The Calgary Herald is honoring 150 notable Canadian builders in a series this month. Chester Ronning was awarded Friendship Ambassadorship from Beijing and we are proud to recognize his contribution to the Canada/China Friendship association. You can read more HERE .



Chester Ronning
Born: Dec. 13, 1894 (Died: Dec. 31, 1984)
Occupation: Diplomat and politician

Ronning was a member of the UFA government in the 1930s, promoting the CCF movement, later becoming the first CCF leader in Alberta. But it was as a diplomat that he had his greatest impact. He served many posts, including in China, Norway, India and the U.N., and is noted for helping open and maintain relations with China. He also served as acting head of the delegations to the Geneva Conferences on Korea, and Laos, and was a special envoy to Hanoi and Saigon in 1966, where he tried to help negotiate an end to the Vietnam War.

His legacy continues at the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus in Camrose. Notable: When Ronning attended the U of A, he had to travel by horse from Valhalla (in Grande Prairie County) to Edmonton along the ‘Edson Trail’.




JUNE DINNER
Monday June 5, 2017


On Monday June 5, we returned to old favourite Regency Palace for a dinner and video presentation about the link between man and the land in Yunnan province. Sadly, this is the last dinner our friend Consul Wang Xiaoqing and son Tom will attend, before returning to Beijing this summer. Consul Wang has been a firm a supporter of our dinners, donating many wonderful books for our members to enjoy and learn about China. We wish them both much success in her new posting. We also welcomed back Consul Chi, and hope she will be our contact with the Consulate in future."

Photos: 1. Secretary Kelly Wan with Yunnan tea door prize.
2. Tom selects door prize winners with social director Gail Closson.
3. Consuls Chi and Wang.
4. Rice planting in Yunnan.
5. Consul Wang, Tom and president Sheila






ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION
May 2017

The CCFA celebrates Asian Heritage Month with a festive event! Photo 2 has Sheila and Ted Foster, President & Treasurer, and the last photo has CCCFA member Princeton Lau with Sheila & Ted Foster at the reception. We thank everyone who attended our celebration and enjoyed the festivities. At the Asian Heritage Foundation, the vision is to create a more inclusive and equitable society in Southern Alberta that is increasingly inclusive and reflective of all cultures, and where the history, stories, and contributions of Canadians of Asian Heritage are fully recognized in the Canadian public consciousness.






SPECIAL EVENT DINNER
April 23, 2017

CCCFA members had a fantastic time and food at Yangtze Restaurant last Sunday April 23, a new venue for us. Everyone enjoyed the Dim Sum, and especially those little egg tarts! After lunch, Kelly talked about springtime customs in China, and shared her family’s experiences with us.

Vivian Morgan from Asian Heritage Foundation joined us for lunch to tell us about the exciting upcoming events planned for Canada's 150th birthday year. It highlights the important role played by Asian immigrants to the growth of our nation.There will be a few events in May that you can check out at http://www.asianheritagecalgary.com/events.

The kickoff event is on May 11th and will feature some wonderful opportunities to share this heritage. See the details online for the reception and concert. Or refer to the press release and launch poster. You can attend the one or both, but the concert has a fee - tickets for the concert can be obtained on the link below.

We encourage you all to participate in these exciting events. We are also circulating information on how our members can share YOUR story of the Canada/China experience. We look forward to seeing members at these events!

In the last picture, the President tries Chicken feet. Kelly says the cholesterol in them is good for the complexion!






NEW YEAR'S DINNER
Monday, February 6, 2017

Welcome Year of the Rooster!

Calgary CCCFA welcomed past and new members and guests to another very successful Chinese New Year dinner at Tai Pan restaurant. Traditionally starting with the excellent Peking Duck, we enjoyed a variety of dishes created by Vivienne, along with old favourites like steamed tilapia, crispy chicken and duck lettuce wraps. Also titillating our appetites were adventurous new creations of scallop stuffed dumplings, Lotus root soup, snow pea tips with duck feet and mushrooms, topped off with love bird fried rice.

On an evening where temperatures went down to -28 overnight, we were glad everyone braved the roads and weather to join us. Nearly everyone went home with a door prize, and the beautiful crystal rooster donated by Angela Chu from CIBC was auctioned off, going home with lucky new member Helen Yau. We enjoyed a selection of Chinese wines to kick off the year of the rooster.

Thanks to all who came out and made this another successful event.

Sheila Foster

President

The pictures include: President Sheila Foster with Cosul Chi, VP Morag, Consul Wang and son Tom, Guest speakers Paul and Jana Call, Secretary Kelly and new members Audrey, Helen and King, Treasurer Ted and Consul Chi, Shrimp with salted egg yolk sauce Scallop stuffed taro dumplings, Lucky prizewinner and Aurora, Guests Dave and Linda, Duck feet, mushrooms and snow pea tips, President Sheila Foster with Consul Wang and son Tom, Prizewinner Agostino, Director Gail with Tom drawing numbers, Handsome CIBC crystal rooster (auctioned off),






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