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CALGARY CANADA-CHINA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION


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OUR HISTORY

The Calgary Canada-China Friendship Association was founded in 1974 to develop further friendship and understanding between Canadians in Alberta and the People’s Republic of China in a non-political manner. Members of CCCFA want to know more about this emerging country which is opening up to the world and having a major impact. We are actively involved in building bridges with the PRC through educational and cultural exchanges.
Canada-China Friendship societies began in 1965 in the Victoria, BC chapter.
In 1970 Canada was one of the first Western countries to recognize New China. Groups began to tour China.
In 1980 the Federation of Canada-China Friendship Associations (FCCFA) was established.

OUR ACTIVITIES

- We hold regular dinner meetings with speakers on tops relating to China’s culture, society, economic growth, history etc.
- We send members to China to attend conferences and Friendship Forums, hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
- We liaise closely with the Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China in Calgary.
- We support the cultural education of children adopted from China, through the Shou La Shou (Hand in Hand) program.



CCCFA UPDATES

Thirteen CCCFA members happily met again after a nearly two year absence for dinner at Emerald Garden restaurant. Many smiles and stories were exchanged and plans were made to meet again regularly.

We would like to invite you all to join us on Zoom for a celebration of the Year of the Tiger which begins Friday Feb 1. Let us meet Sunday January 30th at 4pm to share a delicious Shanghai noodle dish, each in our own home.

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first dinner event on November 24, 2021 at 6pm. The place is Emerald Gardens Restaurant. 1006 16th Ave NE.

This is a reminder that it is time for the CCFA Annual General Meeting. It will be held on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

The Chinese economy achieved significant results in combating COVID-19 and promoting social & economic advancements in the first half of 2021. You can find more about this in the letter from Consul General Ms. LU Xu in the attachment, and other news from China at the News and Events page.



The Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries will hold a webinar celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, Tuesday morning, May 11, 9:30 a.m. (Beijing time).

We are sad to report that Sheila Power, long time member, treasurer and past president of CCCFA passed away last week. See the News and Events page for a tribute.

Happy Chinese Year Year! A happy group of Calgary CCFA members joined on Zoom to celebrate Chinese New Year of the Ox on February 12th. Sheila Foster, President, invited members to all prepare the Shanghai noodle recipe sent to members beforehand.

SHARE THE DOUBLE HAPPINESS! We would like to invite you all to join us on Zoom for a celebration of the Year of the Ox beginning Friday Feb 12. See the News and Events page for details.

We hope all CCCFA members are staying safe and well, and enjoying summer at home this year. 11 members attended our July 27 Zoom meeting and shared some beautiful memories of China and visits to many different parts of China.

16 people registered and 12 attended our first Zoom CCCFA meeting. We will continue to offer Zoom sessions to keep in touch with members for the balance of 2020!

CCCFA events are on hold until the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided enough for health authorities to permit larger gatherings. In the meantime, here is a very insightful Vancouver Sun article .

It is confirmed, our next CCFA Dim Sum Event is on February 23 at 1 pm. We are starting fresh with this date. Please reply if you are interested in going. Deadline is Feb 21, 2020. See the Events page for details.

Happy Chinese New Year to those celebrating the Spring Festival and the Year of the Rat! May you have a peaceful year full of good fortune!

Consul General Mme. Lu Xu and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra jointly sponsored a glorious concert at the Jack Singer Hall. About 30 CCCFA and Friends in Mandarin (also ShouLaShou families) as guests of MMe. Lu attended the concert, which featured a brilliant young Chinese violinist and traditional Chinese instruments.

The Chinese Consulate General in Calgary unveiled its official Twitter account! Check it out at twitter.com/ChinaCGCalgary . “Feel China's pulse at your fingertips!”

We wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday season and look forward to welcoming you to our second Chinese New Year Dim Sum on February 2, 2020!

We are once again invited to a concert by PRC Consul General Wu Xu at Jack Singer Concert Hall. Everyone who attended the previousChinese National Day concert enjoyed it very much.

Our next CCFA dinner took place on Dec 2, 2019. Thanks to everyone who attended and it was a wonderful presentation by own Karen Patterson.

Thanks to everyone who came to our CCFA dinner and AGM on Oct 7, 2019. We had a short meeting before dinner and an interesting presentation by our own Daisy Tong after the meal.

The Chinese Consulate General in Calgary and the Calgary Central Library will co-host an October Chinese Film Festival in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Saturday, October 5.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Consulate General in Calgary hosted a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Jack Singer Concert Hall. CCCFA members attended and enjoyed the event.

We were pleased to again host a DimSum event on Sunday, August 18 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant, where we are permanent residents for our events now.

On January 31, 2019, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary hosted the Grand Chinese Costume Display & Show and the 2019 Spring Festival Celebration Banquet at the Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park. The themes of the evening were Reminiscence & Classic and China’s fashion & style.

We are very happy to share a short clip about this event with you and hope that it refreshes your memories for that evening. Please check it out at this link: Video


Monday June 3 is an auspicious day! On this auspicious day we will be having our next CCFA dinner. AND we will have a guest speaker who is a Panda Keeper. See the Events page for details.

In order to help you better understand China from now on, we are happy to occasionally share some articles with you. Check the 'News Articles' link at the top right of this page. There is some very interesting reading!




Calgary CCFA executive were recently hosted for lunch at the home of Alice Shay. Many great ideas were discussed!

It was a great time at our Chinese New Year Dim Sum Lunch at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre to welcome the Year of the Pig!


Calgary members enjoyed another outstanding festive season meal at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant. We had a short presentation from Gail Closson and Joanne MacLean on the Forum trip to Hainan Island.

Calgary CCFA celebrated the mid-Autumn Festival and PRC National Day at their dinner Sep 24th at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant. We feasted on: Peking Duck, Duck Soup with Fish Maw, Sauteed chicken & cuttlefish with vegetable in a taro nest, Shrimp coated with egg yolk sauce, Fresh pineapple sweet & sour pork, Threesome tofu, House special Soya chicken, Fried longevity noodle, plus dessert and tea!

From November 22 to November 27 the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries will host the Friendship Forum in Haikou and an excursion to Sanya. Members from Calgary and from across Canada will attend!

Sheila and Ted attended Consul General Lu’s reception for China Night at Calgary’s International Globalfest and fireworks competition on August 25. See the pictures at the Photos page!




We thank everyone who joined us for dinner and an interesting presentation on the new stars of the Calgary show - the Giant Panda Family. You can see the Photos page for highlights.

President Sheila Foster attended the ribbon cutting for the Consul General’s event to open the Panda Exhibit at City Hall on April 27. See the Photos page for pictures!

Here Comes the Panda Photo Exhibition! Wanna know more inside scoop about the Giant Pandas before you see them for real in the Calgary Zoo? Check out the News and Events Page!




There was a bit too much snow for Mackenzie 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!

We hope everyone has a very Happy Chinese New Year as we welcome the Year of the Dog! Click on the image for an article on 'How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Calgary.' Have a very joyous and safe celebration and we'll see you in the New Year!

Hello, all CCCFA fans and Year of the Dog peeps. We thank everyone who attended our New Year Dinner on Monday, February 5. Check out the highlights at the PHOTOS page!

The CCCFA wishes everyone a very safe and wonderful season and a very Happy New Year. We'll see you in 2018!

We had a wonderful evening last night feasting on the creative dishes of the Chinese Cultural Restaurant Team. Sheila held our AGM and we finally watched a very informative video on Bamboo - and for those of you who remember, it worked this time!

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.



Thanks to everyone who attended our Fall Dinner at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine. Guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by an award- winning documentary on what life is like for the younger generation in China.

We have changed the date of our August dinner to Monday August 14, 2017 at 6 pm from August 7. This time we are at the newly renovated Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine, #88, 197 - 1st Street, Calgary. There is plenty of free street parking after 6 pm.

The Calgary Herald is honoring 150 notable Canadian builders in a series this month including Chester Ronning, who was awarded the Friendship Ambassadorship from Beijing. You can read more in the Photos section.

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.

The CCCFA was involved with Asian Heritage Month in May. They are helping 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. See the Asian Heritage Month page for details.

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! Pictures at the Photos page.




Calgary CCCFA welcomed past and new members and guests to another very successful Chinese New Year dinner at Tai Pan restaurant. Take a look at our Photos page for pictures from the event.

Happy Chinese New Year! We wish everyone a joyous and prosperous Year of the Rooster! Our Chinese New Year dinner will take place on Monday Feb 6 at Tai Pan restaurant. Join us as we will usher in the Year of the Rooster! More details will follow. The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac and each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.






We thank all of the guests who attended our Fall Dinner on October 16 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by an award- winning documentary on what life is like for the younger generation in China.



CCCFA Movie Night - August 22

Thanks to everyone who attended our CCCFA Dinner and Move Night at Tai Pan Restaurant on August 22. Our video for Monday evening was "The Walking Dining Table - Exquisite Suzhou Cuisines." There are more details at the PHOTOS page!





Thanks to everyone who came to our dinner at the Regency Palace Restaurant and to Karen who gave an informative talk about the Chinese art scene..

Karen lived in China for over 15 years and founded / operated 4 small businesses in 5 years. She was married to a local Chinese artist and together they have a lovely daughter. Karen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and often uses her Chinese when working as a cross cultural consultant here in Calgary. She and her daughter moved back to Canada in 2011, and since then, Karen has worked hard to start her own intercultural consulting business (X Cultural Consulting Inc.), obtain her real estate license (2015) and begin working as a realtor, and finish her MA in Intercultural and International Communications at Royal Roads University online program (2017).



We invite you to check out the website for the Chinese-Canadian National Culture Centre. The CCNCC is a non-profit society headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia. The CCNCC was created to share culture, bring communities together and to build understanding among Chinese and non-Chinese communities across the country. They aim to bring the Chinese-Canadian communities closer as well as bring together other Canadians by sharing our culture, history and endeavors. Click the image for the website.





Call For Delegates, July 2016 Friendship Forum

The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries has invited the FCCFA to send delegates to the Seventh Friendship Forum to be held in Chuzhou, Anhui Province in July 2016. The theme of this forum will be “Different Culture, One Heart.” There is more information at the link HERE.

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