Heritage Toronto Unveils Plaque For The Wong Association-Thurs.,Feb.19th,2015@303 Spadina Ave.
It’s Chinese New Year’s and it’s the year of The Sheep! Heritage Toronto had a Photo Op in Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Day and to unveil Heritage Toronto’s first plaque of 2015 – it’s for the Wong Association of Ontario. A reception followed the ceremony which was held on the 3rd floor of The Wong Association of Ontario head office. Plenty of food, beverages and dessert were served to the attendees after the plaque ceremony. It was a packed room with famous political people such as Justin Trudeau, Adam Vaughan, Joe Cresy, Denzel Mihn Wong and
Heritage Toronto unveiled a plaque to commemorate the Wong Association of Ontario (Wong Kung Har Wun Sun Association). The Wongs have been part of Toronto and Chinatown for over 100 years and the Wong Association of Ontario is the first Chinese-Canadian family association to receive a coat of arms. The plaque was unveiled by The Wong Association of Ontario, Scotiabank, and Heritage Toronto.
The Wong Association of Ontario traces its origins to 1912 and the establishment of Wong Kung Har Tong, one of the oldest Chinese family associations in Canada. Chinese family associations, such as the Wong Association of Ontario, were essential to the lives of early Chinese immigrants who were looking to establish a life in Toronto. The Wong Association of Ontario provided early Chinese immigrants with a place to socialize and obtain immigration, employment, housing, and financial services. A vital function of Chinese family associations was providing loans to Chinese immigrants who sought to purchase land or open a business.
During the years of the Chinese Immigration Act (1923-1957), which prohibited Chinese people from immigrating to Canada, the membership of Wong Kung Har Tong declined. In 1956 Wong Hung Kar Tong joined with Wong Wun Sun Association (founded in 1930) to form the Wong Association of Ontario. The Wong Association of Ontario moved to their current location at 301-303 Spadina Avenue in 1988 which, in recent years, has served as a gathering place where members can partake in physical, social and academic activities. In 2011, the Wong Association of Ontario was the first Chinese-Canadian family association in Canada to receive a coat of arms from the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
Heritage Toronto is a charitable agency of the City of Toronto established in 1949 to promote a greater appreciation for the city’s rich architectural, cultural, archaeological and natural heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto provides city-wide programs and services.
Website: http://www.heritagetoronto.org .Scotiabank and their Plaques Program Sponsor, is to be thanked for their commitment to engage citizens within their local communities.
A big shout out to Stacey Rodas, Director of Marketing, Heritage Toronto for the invite and hospitality.