2018 A Big Success – The OCCSC 9th Fundraising Gala

The OCCSC 9th Annual Fundraising Gala was successfully held on Thursday, November 29th at the St. Elias Banquet Centre. CBC reporter Adrian Harewood was our host for the evening again this year. We successfully collected $43,000, which will be directed towards the programs that can help immigrants fully integrate to Canadian society.

In its ninth year, the fundraising gala was held western-style. The guests were greeted with delicious snacks and a punch fountain. Candice Chan played Celtic Harp and greeted the guests with well-known classics at the reception.


Live Music from Celtic Harp

Gala Host: CBC reporter Adrian Harewood

More than 450 guests gathered with our staff and volunteers at the St. Elias Banquet Centre, including some special guests; MP Chandra Arya, MP Geng Tan, MPP John Fraser, Mayor Jim Watson, the representatives from MPP Jeremy Roberts, representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, business leaders, community partners and community leaders, and of course the friends of OCCSC.


(From left) Robert Parungao, OCCSC President, Mingqing Wang, First Secretary, Heng Xiaojun, Minister Counselor of Chinese Embassy, Sharon Kan & Sally Zhang, OCCSC Executive Director & Secretary

Mayor Jim Watson & OCCSC E.D. Sharon Kan

The event started with the opening speeches from OCCSC President Robert Parungao, and Executive Director, Sharon Kan, followed by MP Chandra Arya, MP Geng Tan and MPP John Fraser who also made welcome speeches, highly praising the important role OCCSC has played during the settlement of newcomers in Ottawa.


MP Chandra Arya Greeting

MP Geng Tan Greeting

MPP John Fraser Greeting

(Front Middle) Alex Fan, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Canada, MPP John Fraser, Gala Host, OCCSC staff & board

During dinner, the guests also enjoyed wonderful live cultural performances. The Fo Guang Drum Group brought a very impactful Taiko performance to the guests. The AL-ARZ Lebanese Art Group performed an exciting Lebanese Dakota. Professional and famous artists were also invited to perform, including famous soprano -Minghui Liu. She sang Ave Maria and Jasmine, violinist -Essie Liu played “How Red the Flowers Are”, and Shan Jiang Brown performed “A Dance of a Thousand Years.” Fire Fighter and charity singer Sandy Mah sang beautiful songs to end the performances.


Fo Guang Drum Group

Famous soprano -Minghui Liu

AL-ARZ Lebanese Art Group

Violinist -Essie Liu

Dance by Shan Jiang Brown

Fire Fighter and charity singer Sandy Mah

More than 80 silent auction gifts were generously donated; Mayor Jim Watson, City Councillor Allan Hubley, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, VIA Rail Canada, Otto’s BMW & Subaru, restaurants, museums, recreation centres, and many local businesses and service providers were among the contributors. In addition, Robbie’s Italian Restaurant (St. Laurent) provided a $1,000 gift certificate for fine dining that was auctioned off during the event.


Mayor visit silent auction items

Clients bit on the silent auction items

20 lucky draw gifts included two Mysterious Gift Baskets worth $450 and $250. Other prizes included many wine-and-chocolate gift sets as well as restaurant gift certificates. The lucky draw and all the surprises brought the Gala great excitement.


Staff and lucky draw winner

Grand prize lucky winner

375 guests bought Gala tickets, and more than 75 people, including performers; volunteers and staff members planned, organized, designed, promoted, performed, took photos, supervised the stage, or sold lucky draw tickets.

OCCSC staff, board and volunteers

OCCSC is a non-profit, nonpartisan, charitable organization serving newcomers since 1975. We started with helping Chinese immigrants in 1975, and today, we have served newcomers from over 110 countries. In 2017, we served close to 7,000 newcomers.
Thanks again to all the sponsoring companies, groups, individuals, all those who purchased Gala tickets and tables, donated money and gifts, and a special thanks to staff, volunteers and performers for all your help in making the Gala event such a success.
On behalf of the thousands of new Canadians that have benefited or will benefit from OCCSC programs, we thank you for helping to us to serve newcomers. “Together, We Are Stronger”!

Special Thanks to our sponsors, corporate and individual donors: (in alphabetical order)



Diamond Sponsor: Otto’s BMW & Subaru

Diamond Sponsor: Urbandale Construction

Diamond Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Media Partners:

  • CBC News
  • ComeFromChina.com
  • Future Vision Productions
  • Ottawa Chinese Radio Mandarin Program

Corporate Sponsors/Groups:

  • ACE
  • Chinese Community Association of Ottawa
  • ComeFromChina.com
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • I Shall Travel
  • Maple Star Food Export
  • OCCSC/In-TAC Career Mentors
  • Ottawa Chinese Bible Church
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • Patricia Parungao
  • Peter Fan
  • Sandra Hines
  • Satika International Inc.
  • Scotiabank
  • Star Motors of Ottawa
  • The Fengs
  • Vivian Lin – Royal LePage & Steven Chang – CIBC
  • World Skills Employment Centre
  • ZINation

Corporate and Individual Donors:

  • Akiani Handmade Jewelry
  • Allan Hubley, City Councillor
  • Altitude Gym
  • Andy Yuan
  • Anh Lang Quach
  • Barbara Xiao
  • Beau’s Brewery
  • Bill Joe
  • Bridgehead Coffee
  • Broadhead Brewery Company
  • Burgers n’ Fries Forever
  • Calypso Theme Waterpark
  • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Caress Electrolysis Ltd.
  • Catherine McKenney, City Councillor
  • Chances R Restaurant
  • Chang Wang
  • Chocolats Favoris
  • Cosmic Adventures
  • CPI Interiors
  • Crossfit YOW
  • Delta Force Paintball
  • Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada
  • EmbroidMe
  • Escape Manor
  • Fabiola Lima
  • Fairway Trading Company
  • Fan Ye
  • Farmer’s Pick
  • Fiona Zhu
  • Funhaven Family Fun Centre
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Hair Fellas Barbershop
  • Henry Global Consulting Services Ltd – Cathy Ru
  • House of TARG
  • Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Inc.
  • Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill
  • Jennifer Qingyan Liu
  • Jérôme Photographer
  • Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
  • Jin Xi Liang
  • John Fraser, MPP, Ottawa South
  • Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool
  • Karen McCrimmon, MP, Kanata-Carleton
  • Karters’ Korner
  • Kee Hoi Ho
  • Keurig
  • KS on the Keys
  • Kuai Lew
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • Luise Czernenko Reid
  • Mount Pakenham
  • Nancy C Kung
  • Ng’s Cusine (景祥山庄)
  • Oegema Nicholson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd.
  • Olivier Gratton-Gagné
  • Oriental Chu Shing Restaurant (东方明珠城酒楼)
  • Ottawa City Rafting
  • Ottawa Holistic Wellness
  • Ottawa Senators Foundation
  • Ottawa Sport & Social Club
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • Panago Pizza
  • Park ‘N Fly (Ottawa)
  • Pure Yoga Ottawa (Centretown)
  • Robbie’s Italian Restaurant (St. Laurent)
  • Rockport Boat Line
  • Saunders Farm
  • Shaw Quan
  • Shyrose Goodwin
  • Ski Vorlage
  • Stripinis Consulting Inc. – Grace Xin
  • T & T Supermarket Ottawa
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada
  • The Backyard Axe Throwing League
  • The Captain’s Boil
  • The Haunted Walk
  • The Hintonburg Public House
  • The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
  • The Mud Oven
  • Tony Yau Insurance Agency Inc.
  • VIA Rail Canada
  • Vittoria Trattoria
  • Wenqian Wang
  • XiangZi Restaurant
  • Yangtze Dining Lounge
  • Yi Mei Bai
  • Yun Ying Lo

Note: Contributors listed as of November 16, 2018 and in alphabetical order. We regret that we cannot acknowledge those who contributed after that date.

Thanks to our event perfumers:

  • Al-ARZ Lebanese Art Group
  • Candice Chan
  • Fo Guang Drum Group
  • Max Shan Jiang
  • Minghui Liu
  • Sandy Mah

Thanks to our event volunteers:

  • Chris Song
  • David Liu
  • Dingchang Xu
  • JeiRu Zhou
  • Kayla Smith
  • Lydia U
  • Sheng Li Yu
  • Yifan Xu
  • Yingyao Liu