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.

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’.

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

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.

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!

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


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),

Monday, November 6, 2016

Calgary CCCFA held its AGM and a regular dinner on Monday Nov 6 at the TaiPan restaurant. Owner Vivienne provided another interesting new selection of dishes including turnip puffs, Peking duck, chicken chow mien, crab soup, spicy seafood, Chinese greens, steamed clams in ginger and black beans, with red bean mandarin soup for dessert.

The AGM was concluded promptly with a change in executive members. We thank Donna Lamb and Tony Lamb for their many years of work and support, and welcome Gail Closson to the planning group. Treasurer confirms we are still on the black side of the ledger! We will meet soon to plan events for 2017. The next meeting with be Chinese New Year dinner on Monday February 6th, 2017 at TaiPan restaurant.

We welcomed 3 new guests from the MeetUp invitation and hope they will become a regular part of our membership. After the meeting, Tony Lamb presented a video “Nature and Man” of the beautiful rice growing terrace area of Yunnan. The culture, beliefs, customs and terrain of this area were described by the people of the Hani minority. Sheila encouraged everyone to try to visit Yunnan, which is in her view, the most interesting area of China to visit to see minority peoples and gorgeous countryside. In line with the evening’s theme, Kelly again provided door prizes of tasty rice snacks and food, along with some interesting DVD videos.


- Turnip puffballs
- ginger clams
- chicken with vegetables
- Guest Celia and Secretary Kelly
- Guests Jim and Angel
- Prizewinners Angela and Martin
- Presenter Tony
- Map of China
- Beautiful rice terraces in sunlight

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thanks to everyone who came to our Movie Night and Dinner! We enjoyed a short video on the special foods of Suzhou, including the famous blue crab cakes. In anticipation of the Moon Festival, we also heard the charming legend behind the moon cake celebration from Consul Zhang and Angela.

We also welcomed for the first time newcomer Vice Consul Feng, whom we also hope to see at future dinners. After a beautifully-prepared meal of some new special dishes, everyone took home a sample of the beautifully created white lotus or red bean cakes.

Photos from the evening:

Chicken Sezhuan
Pork and vegetable dumpling wraps
Directors Tony Lamb, Ted Foster and Sheila Foster with Consul Zhang XiaoQing and newcomer Vice Consul Feng XiaoFu.
Delicious Moon Cakes for draw prizes.
Excerpts from the short video and the characteristic crab cakes of Suzhou. The making of these was so complex, none of us will be trying to replicate them at home!

Monday, February 22, 2016

We celebrated Chinese New Year on February 22nd at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE. Kelly Wan gave a brief presentation about Chinese New Year's customs and foods. As well, Consul Gao Qingjun joined us for our celebrations. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Photo 2&3 - Special Dishes incl. Flower Blossoming, Lots of Riches
Photo 4 - Ken H, a new member and being the most senior at the table, with the head of the whole fish pointing towards him
Photo 5 - 2 members of the executive: Morag and KELLY
Photo 6 to 12 - Lucky draw winners and members
Photo 12 to 15 - the 2nd part of our night celebrating the 15th day of the Chinese New Year at the Peace Bridge, Calgary

Monday, December 7, 2015

We enjoyed another good dinner meeting at Tai Pan restaurant with some new faces and a few new dishes to wind up our year. Consul Wang XioaLin made a brief and very interesting presentation to our group on China's economic situation and outlook. Highlights were that, although China's growth rate has slowed, China aims for more reasonable levels for the future. They are also working to establish better social standards for areas where living standards are still below par.

We also welcomed Consul Wang's young son Tom, who helped with name tags and prize draws. Thanks to the Consulate, bank (Angela)and restaurant (Vivian) for calendar donations for the year of the Monkey. Watch for news of the Last day of Chinese New Year dinner coming up on Feb 22, 2016.

From left to right: Morag MacLellan, CCCFA VP; Consul Ms. Lina Wang (wife of Calgary Consul General Wang) and Donna Lamb, Director of CCCFA at the Chinese National Day reception at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre.

CCCFA Dinner: June 8, 2015

Sheila Foster presenting thank you gifts of framed
papercut birds to our speaker for the June event.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

1. Small guests prepare for the feast
2. Members enjoy the banquet
3. Peking Duck is an excellent start
4.Donna and Tony host their table
5. and 6. ShouLaShou members and guests
7. Hannah and friends
8. The anniversary cake
9. Hannah and the ShouLaShou friends
10. Past President Sheila Power with directors Kelly, Tony, Sheila F, Morag, Donna, Joanna and Ted
11. Sheila Power cutting the cake
12. Families making candles
13. Kelly maskmaking -before
14. Maskmaking
15. Kelly maskmaking - after
16. Ted and Sheila Power with finished candle and calligraphy
17. Making masks
18. Two cats masks
19. Hannah and Sheila
20. Detail of CCCFA logo on cake
21. Shy boy!
22. Joanna teaching calligraphy of Middle Kingdom to Joanne

Thanks to Len Chan for the wonderful pictures!

About 40 members came together for a celebratory lunch Sunday October 6 at the Emerald Garden Restaurant, which had opened specially for us that day. We feasted on Peking Duck followed by chicken, beef, port and seafood dishes. This Macao-type restaurant has been a favourite for many years and did not disappoint with a sumptuous array of flavours.

After lunch, or as much as we could eat, we cut the beautiful 40th anniversary cake, produced by Morag made by one of her fellow TaiChi students - almost too beautiful to cut, but we managed to do so. Past president and long-time past member, Sheila Power cut the cake. Sheila was instrumental in first bringing up the idea of a program for families with children adopted from China.

We were also pleased to be joined by Xihong Cao, past president of the Calgary Chinese Students and Scholars Association from the University of Calgary, whose enthusiasm helped us set up our joint ShouLaShou program for kids adopted from China. We were pleased to welcome families from ShouLaShou who have adopted children and also Xihong’s two new little Canadians. The lone young man was not shy in joining all the ladies!

After lunch director Joanna Chang showed us all how to invent the character for China or Middle Kingdom with a drawn character, a straw and our fingers to create a ‘kingdom.’ Sandra and Morag had arranged craft projects where we all made red celebratory candles (red to signify our ruby anniversary.) For whose who did not want to get hands into it, candles were made by the kids for them. Also there were supplies for mask painting which resulted in some very creative masks.

It was a good time to celebrate both China’s national day and our own special anniversary.

Thank you to all the directors who worked hard to make this a reality, and all our members and some guests who joined us for our special day. We look forward to our next dinner, which will incorporate a short AGM, on the evening of Monday December 1st.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nearly 30 members enjoyed an excellent dinner at the beautiful Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre on Monday Aug 25th. We welcomed prospective members who had read about us in our ad in the Calgary Herald (Swerve magazine and website), and hope this will attract new members to our group. We also welcomed young members from the ShouLaShou group while school break is on. It is usually too late for the youngsters during term time.


(1) Good luck to ShouLaShou alumna, Anna MacLellan, off to study music at UBC this September. She holds the special “pig basket” moon cake she won in the prize draw at our dinner. Thanks to Kelly for the prize draw gifts of these moon cakes and history behind the custom.

(2) Sheila Foster thanking guest speaker Neuczki Mathurin, past Ottawa chapter member, after her fascinating presentation of her 3-month backpacking tour around China last year.

(3) We welcomed founding member Joyce Lau (right) and sister Kumi (Marie) Chan to the dinner. Photos: Len Chan.

CCCFA and Shou La Shou Program celebrated the start of summer and July 1 Canada Day with a DimSum Brunch at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant. Click the image below for photos from the event.

Sheila Foster and Michael Copeland travelled to Beijing in May to attend the 60th Anniversary Conference of CPAFFC. You can see photos of their trip by clicking on the picture below:

Chinese New Year Welcome Celebration with Mexican Consul Tovar and his wife.

Consul Jia Xiaopan , Consul Wang Xiaoqing, Sheila Foster
and Consul Wang Xuhong at the May 5 CCCFA dinner.

New Consul General in Calgary: Wang Zinping at the 2014 Chinese New Year Celebration

One of early Tour Groups In Thailand after their China tour: Includes (standing left) Honorary member Joyce Lau, Olga Karasuk, Lori Ingrham, Sheila Power (past president), Rita Fung, Rita Ploudre (Honorary member), Jan O’Grady, Kumie Chan, Kathleen Taylor, Irene Templeton, seated: Ken Woo, Tanya Charrington, Edwina Charrington, Bill Taylor, Jocelyn Woo, Wilma Cansdale, Delphine Lemire, local guide

Sheila Foster gave a short presentation on Dr. Norman
Bethune at the May 5 Dinner at Regency Palace.

Director Tony Lamb at Show&Tell

Kelly Wan with family heirloom necklace

Regency Palace dinner

Visiting Michael Copeland for lunch in Toronto

Visiting Fred Drewe and his executive in Winnipeg
(foreground Sheila with James Huang FCCFA Secretary)

Sheila Foster presenting gifts to speaker Princeton Lau.

Sheila Foster with guest speaker Jana Cakl

Visiting Michael Copeland in Toronto (Ted Foster)

Sheila Foster at the 2006 Forum in Wuhan with Strong Zhang

Vice consul Bruce Deng (with his photo of hosting PM Harper in China) and
Donna Lamb with her fish embroidery piece

Secretary Kelly Wan with Chinese wine