CPAC Annual Fundraising Gala to be Held on November 26, 2021
November 9, TORONTO – CPAC and CPAC Foundation will present their Annual Gala virtually this year on November 26, 2021. With a theme of “Raising Awareness, Changing Attitudes,” the event will raise funds to support CPAC’s research and public education on anti-Asian racism and advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
This fundraising event, normally attracts about 500 participants in a banquet hall, will also be a celebration of the successes and contributions of CPAC and the immigrant community. For nearly three decades, CPAC has served the community of internationally educated professionals and youth with their credential recognition, cultural integration, skills training, employment, and leadership development. In recent years, CPAC has increasingly devoted its resources to the advancement of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and the elimination of racism.
A highlight of the gala event is the presentation of CPAC’s two awards – the Professional Achievement Award and the Young Achiever’s Award that celebrate and recognize the successes and contributions by Asian Canadians.
The recipient of the 2020-2021 CPAC Professional Achievement Award is Dr. Yu Sun, an engineering professor at the University of Toronto and an international leader in robotic systems and devices for manipulating and characterizing cells and sub-cellular structures. Dr. Sun will share his personal experience of success as an immigrant at the virtual event.
Also to watch is the inspiring experience of Jason Xi, winner of the 2020-2021 CPAC Young Achiever’s Award, a first-year graduate student in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. During his undergraduate education at the University of Western Ontario, Jason co-founded Purple Hands, a homeless advocacy organization that educates and mobilizes the student body to serve the London community. He now volunteers at the IMAGINE clinic serving marginalized populations in downtown Toronto.
“It’s important that we recognize the contributions of Chinese Canadians and provide role models for our community,” said CPAC’s President Ti Wang. “Chinese Canadian history and contributions have not been properly recognized and taught in schools, which is part of the root causes of systemic racism and a lack of racial equity and inclusion.”
CPAC and CPAC Foundation gratefully acknowledge all the donors and sponsors of the 2021 Annual Gala, particularly the Presenting Sponsor TD Insurance, Diamond Sponsor CPA Ontario, and Platinum Sponsors CIBC Bank.
Donations to support CPAC’s initiatives in research and public education can be made online.
2021 CPAC Gala Event Details:
Date: Friday, November 26th, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Registration to watch (free): https://cpac-canada.ca/gala/
Sponsorship: Please contact Joe Yang at (416) 298-7885 Ext.120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: 86430 6626 RR0001
About CPAC & CPAC Foundation
CPAC (formerly Chinese Professionals Association of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that has served the internationally educated professionals community for nearly three decades. The organization now has over 30,000 members from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds with a wide range of skills and professional training.
CPAC and CPAC Foundation provide programs that help new immigrants with their credential upgrading, cultural integration, employment, career advancement, and professional and leadership development.
With the adoption of a new strategic direction in 2019, CPAC and CPAC Foundation have increasingly focused on advocacy for human rights, racial equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and other values important to Chinese Canadians, through research, education and training, with the goal of achieving the full potential of a diverse and inclusive Canadian society.