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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’.
Dr. John Hagen on Surgery in China
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Michael Copeland (right), president of the Toronto Canada-China Friendship Association (TCCFA), introduces Dr John Hagen (left), chief of surgery at Humber River Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto (U of T), attend Hagen's lecture on surgery in China hosted by TCCFA at U of T on Oct 19. LI NA / CHINA DAILY
Dr John Hagen (right), chief of surgery at Humber River Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto (U of T), talks with Chinese students at a lecture on surgery in China on Oct 19 in Toronto, where Hagen shared his experiences during three visits to China. LI NA / CHINA DAILY
Click HERE for photos from Sheila Foster and Michael Copeland's trip Beijing for the CPAFFC 60th Anniversary Celebration in Beijing.
Sheila Foster, President, presenting Honorary Membership to Fred Drewe, retiring President, November 2011.
Calgary chapter directors host outgoing President, Fred Drewe, in Calgary Nov 6, 2011. Back row. Fred Drewe, Ted Foster (Treasurer), Tony Lamb. Front row: Morag MacLellan (VP), Anna MacLellan, Donna Lamb, Kelly Wan (Secretary), Sheila Foster (Federation & Calgary president.)
Canadian FCCFA delegation during September 2006 visit in Beijing. Left to right: Tsin Van, Joe Zhou, Sheila Foster, Lolan Merklinger, Fred Drewe, Mme. Li Xiaolin (CPAFFC Vice-President), Gloria MacLeod, Joan Wicken, Ted Foster, Jeffery de Fourestier, Michael Copeland.
Prof. Joe Zhou and CPAFFC Deputy Director General Xie Yuan at Mount Wudai, Hubei.
Photo taken at the Hongqiao Guesthouse at the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Shanghai People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (SPAFFC), invited leaders from the 32 foreign delegations and municipal dignitaries.
L. to R. - Zhou Muyao, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress & President, Shanghai PAFFC; Chen Hausu, President, CPAFFC; Lolan Merklinger, President, FCCFA at Sept. 11/07 banquet marking 50th anniversary of SPAFFC
Visit to Ottawa by Hubei Provincial Friendship Association delegation led by Deputy Governor Mr. Chen Chunli, November 8, 2006
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