Wah Yan Past Student Association, Edmonton

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A Brief History about us

The Edmonton Chapter of the Wah Yan Past Student Association was founded in the Spring of 1987. Our aim is to promote friendship and support social, educational, cultural and charitable activities among members in a non-political and non-profitable environment. We currently have 38 members (as of February 2002) including six members on the Executive Committee. In an effort to try to reach out to all past Wahyanites in Edmonton, we would appreciate it very much if you would kindly let us know the name, address and phone number of all Wahyanite whom you know are living in Edmonton or surrounding areas.

We established two scholarships in the name of "Edmonton Award" in 1989 for Form 3 students in Wah Yan College, Hong Kong and Wah Yan College, Kowloon. We continued this tradition for 11 years. The scholarships were administered by the Principals of both colleges. Scholarship Fundraising was carried out mainly through the sales of annual Entertainment Coupon Booklet in the early days as well as generous cash donation from members and a small part of the membership fee.

A Special General Meeting was held on August 12, 2000 to discuss the most effective ways of making use of our Scholarship Fund. Because of the relative small amount collected each year, it was agreed that it would be more effective to distribute the donations received to local charitable organizations in the future rather than sending them back to our mother schools. In this regard, the Executive Committee would very much welcome your suggestion on suitable local organizations to receive our contributions in the future. Please let us know what you think.

Networking with other Chapters was first established in the Summer of 1990 during the second Wah Yan Past Student Association International Conference in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. We take pride to host our honor guests and student ambassadors whenever possible. If you are a former Wah Yan student new to Edmonton, please drop us a line. We will do our best to make you feel comfortable in Edmonton.

Here are some of things you can see and do in Edmonton.

Chapter Activities

Annual BBQ and independent evening events

Annual Soccer match with La Salle Old Boys

We are looking for soccer players. Please contact Derek or Vincent (the goalie) to join in for some fun on the field.


Visitors from Hong Kong, Vancouver and Calgary

We welcomed alumnus from Vancouver and Calgary as well as student ambassadors from WYCHK and WYK on August 4, 1998. Also in attendance were many distinguished guests from Hong Kong, including Father Deignan, Father Zee, Mr. George Tam and Mr. Raymond Yu. It was one of the largest alumni gatherings we had in recent years.

Prior to this, we hosted two student ambassadors from WYCHK and WYK in April 1991. Ron Lau and Leo Chu guided them to the world famous Canadian Rockies. The two student ambassadors admired very much the snow-capped mountains and the glaciers. They also had a chance to visit the University of Alberta and the eighth wonder of the world -- West Edmonton Mall while they were here.

Highlights of 1999/2000 activities

2000/2001 Recap

A very enjoyable BBQ was held at Rundle Park on August 12, 2000. All those present had a wonderful afternoon of great fun and good food.

The annual friendly Wah Yan - La Salle old boys soccer match was held on September 10, 2000. Although we did not win the game, our players put up a valiant fight before their tired bodies gave in.

In September 2000, the Wah Yan College International Conference was held in Los Angeles. Due to last minute engagement, our Past President, Raymond Cheng, could not make it to Los Angeles as originally planned and therefore we had no representative at the Conference this year. Anyway, we were given to understand that the Conference was very successful and the next one will be held in Toronto in 2 years' time. Perhaps we will have a stronger presence at the next Conference.

In February 2001, a potluck dinner was held at President Vincent Lee's house. We had a wonderful evening of good food, talented singing and fellowship.

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on June 3, 2001. It was a great honor to have out of town guests from Calgary and Vancouver joining us for this special event. Francis Chiu, Ronan Chow, George Cheng and Ken Lau drove up from Calgary while Larry Yip visited us from Vancouver. We had a great time together. A working session among the three chapters' representatives was also held earlier on the same day. We got together to discuss our mutual challenges and how to strengthen our communication or working relationship. We look forward to have more joint activities between the Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton chapters.

Happenings in the recent past

July 13: Gathering with Rev. George Zee, S.J. (the current school supervisor of Wah Yan College, Kowloon) in Edmonton.

July 13: The first Wah Yan PSA Edmonton 2001/2002 executive committee meeting was held. Preparation work for the upcoming events was arranged.

July 18: The Wah Yan PSA Edmonton 2001/2002 executive committee issued its first newsletter to the members. A congratulations note goes to Ron and Eloisa?s daughter on her marriage in August 2001.

July 29: The Wah Yan PSA Edmonton soccer team got together for the first practice of the season at the old west end location (9520 - 165 Street).

July 30: Raymond Cheng represented the Wah Yan PSA Edmonton to greet visiting Wah Yan students in Calgary.

August 4, 5 & 6: Raymond Cheng also represented the Wah Yan PSA Edmonton to attend the Western Re-union in Penticton, B.C. during the August long weekend. This location was picked so that members from Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle could all meet approximately half-way.

September 9: Our annual BBQ was held at Vincent and Linda's place this year. It was very well attended by our members. Hot dogs, chicken wings, steak, ribs and salad were on the BBQ menu. Many of us took the opportunity to catch up with each other. Everyone had a great time.

September 23: Even though our annual soccer match with the La Salle old boys is cancelled this year, we still had a "real" soccer game this season. Our soccer match against the Chinese Catholic Church Soccer Team was played on this sunny and warm Sunday afternoon. The game was tied 0:0 at half time. We trailed 0:2 at one point in the second half. However, we did not give up and our persistence paid off. The ball went into the opposing net twice before the referee blew the final whistle.
Final score: Wan Yan PSA 2, Chinese Catholic Church 2

September 28: A Wah Yan PSA Edmonton executive committee meeting was held at Tropika to discuss details about the upcoming joint function with the La Salle old boys.

November 17: Joint family function with the La Salle old boys
More than 40 Wah Yan brothers and their families got together with 10 La Salle brothers and their families for an evening of great food at Tropika Malaysian Cuisine on November 17. Our dinner included a 14-course meal Tropika specially put together for us with spicy and non-spicy Malaysian favors. Besides the great food, we all had a great time catching up with each other and rubbing shoulders with the La Salle old boys. We were also very happy to have one of our newest and youngest members, Alex Lam (WYK '03), and his mother and sister joined us for an official function for the first time.

January 9, 2002: Wah Yan PSA Edmonton executive committee meeting
Feedback from the questionnaires Ping distributed to our members recently was discussed. It was decided that we would keep the existing membership fee of $30 per year. Ping will follow up and organize the activities our members expressed interests in. As a matter of fact, this leads to our upcoming function in February. A dinner presentation is being planned. There will be two short presentations following the dinner. Ping will talk about investing and Raymond will talk about fishing. We will invite the Wah Yan Calgary and the La Salle groups to join us for this function.

February 23, 2002:Chinese New Year Gathering
We got together to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse at the Asian Grill House. This evening function included a delicious Thai Hot Pot meal and two informative presentations. Thank you to Raymond Cheng for sharing his fishing experience with us. (A reminder to everyone about the upcoming fishing trip: please contact Raymond to sign up and/or to obtain further details) Thank you also to Ping Lee for advising us about the ten RSP mistakes not to make and sharing his insight about hot RSP investments. We were very happy to have one of our newest and youngest members, Mike So (WYK '96), and his sister, Dorothy, joined us for a big gathering for the first time.

February 25, 2002:Donation to the Chinatown Multi-Level Care Foundation
A $500 donation was made to the Chinatown Multi-Level Care Foundation. This money will be put to good use in building a long-term nursing home for the Chinese elders in Edmonton who will have the opportunity to age gracefully within their cultural environment, such as communicating in their native tongue, enjoying familiar foods and participating in activities and traditional entertainment.

March 5, 2002:Wah Yan PSA Edmonton executive committee meeting
Several issues were discussed on the Wah Yan PSA Edmonton executive committee meeting, including upcoming association events and summer soccer matches against church teams / La Salle. Details will be provided to members when they become available.

May 17, 2002:Our 2002 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on May 17 at the Royal Fork Buffet Restaurant in Edmonton. This evening function held just before the May long weekend was well attended by our members. Our travel expert, Danny Ngan, gave us a very informative presentation on a variety of topics related to travelling. The new executive committee for the 2002-2003 term was installed and our financial standings were discussed. The new committee members look forward to serving our members and welcoming our visiting guests, beginning with Father Deignan's Edmonton visit in early July.

July 7, 2002: It was our great honor to welcome Rev. Fr. Alfred Deignan SJ, Rev. Fr. Frank Doyle SJ, Mr. Lee Kwok-Pui (Hong Kong Wah Yan teacher 1960-1991), Mr. & Mrs. K.K. Lam (President of WYHKPSA), Mr. & Mrs. Tony Wong (WYPSA Calgary) and Ken Lau (WYPSA Calgary) to Edmonton. A Welcome Dinner for the distinguished guests was held at the Top of the Inn at the Delta Edmonton South where we enjoyed a beautiful panoramic view of our city with our guests. The evening was inspiring, informative and fun-filled. We were delighted to meet up with many whom we had not seen for quite a while. A detailed record of this very special gathering has been prepared by Alex Lam. Photographs taken with Ron Lau's camera are posted on our picture gallery. Photographs taken by our official photographer, Leo Chu, will be posted on this site as soon as they are developed. Please stay tuned.

September 29, 2002: Annual BBQ and Karaoke night

January 25, 2003: Chinese New Year Pot Luck Gathering
Our Chinese New Year Pot Luck Gathering was held at Vincent & Linda Lee's beautiful home on this cold Saturday evening. Leo gave us a very informative presentation on digital cameras and digital photography. He also brought all his gadgets and took family portraits for us in Vincent & Linda Lee's beautiful living room.

June 7, 2003: Annual General Meeting
Our 2003 Annual General Meeting was held at Tropika Malaysian Cuisine on this Saturday evening. The event was well attended. We took the opportunity to catch up with each other, look back at what happened in the year past (the most memorable was definitely the Welcome Dinner for our guests from Hong Kong at Top of the Inn) and talk about our upcoming functions. The new executive committee for the 2003-2004 term was installed and our financial standings were discussed. The committee members look forward to serving our members and welcoming our visiting guests, beginning with Mrs. May Sze in late July.

July 28, 2003: Welcome dinner for Mrs May Sze
It was our great honor to host a welcome dinner for our former teacher in WYCHK Mrs. May Sze and her husband Mr. Michael Sze this evening at a Chinese restaurant in Edmonton.

September 21, 2003: Annual BBQ & Karaoke Gathering
It was our honor to have Fr. George Zee joining us for our annual BBQ gathering at Rundle Park this evening. We were all very happy to see Fr. Zee again and learn about happenings at our mother schools firsthand.
We were also very happy to have close to 20 La Salle old boys and their families joining us for the gathering. Even though the Wah Yan Past Students Association (Edmonton) soccer team lost to the La Salle old boys on the soccer field, once again, we all had a great time rubbing shoulders with each other. La Salle indicated that they would like to have more joint functions with us in the future. In addition to our Wah Yan brothers in Calgary, we will be glad to extend our invitation to the La Salle old boys in Edmonton also.
Thank you to everyone for your generosity in contributing to the Wah Yan Jesuit Nursing Fund. A donation in the amount of CDN$1,500 (approx. HKD$8,700) was made in support of the Fund. We all agree with Mr. George Tam in saying that this is unquestionably a very worthy cause indeed. We are glad to have this opportunity to give something back to the Fathers who gave so much to us and Wah Yan.
The Wah Yan PSA (Edmonton) is also glad to make a donation in the amount of CAD$300 on September 21st to the Edmonton Chinese Catholic Parish in our continuing support of local organizations.

January 17, 2004: Chinese New Year Pot Luck Gathering
Many thanks to Vincent and Linda for once again offering their beautiful home to host our Chinese New Year Pot Luck Gathering. It was very well attended by our members. It was a great honour to have Donald Yau joining us from Calgary for the evening. We had a great time and took the opportunity to catch up with each other.

May 12, 2004: Welcome dinner for Guests from Hong Kong, Vancouver and Calgary
It was our pleasure welcoming Mr. Peter K H Tam (WYHK '64), President of Wah Yan College Hong Kong Past Student Association and Chairman of Wah Yan International Conference 2004 to Edmonton. It was also very nice to see Larry Yip and Tony Wong again in Edmonton. As soon as we receive more information about IC2004, we will share the news with you all. We strongly encourage everyone to join the big family in Hong Kong in November.

July 25, 2004: Annual General Meeting 2004 & BBQ Gathering
Once again, our AGM / BBQ gathering was very well attended. Thank you to everyone for coming out. We took the opportunity to catch up with each other, look back at what happened in the year past and look forward to our future gatherings. The new executive committee for the 2004-2005 term was installed and our financial standings were discussed. We would like to welcome our newest member and our new VP, Alfred Lee, to join our Association. The committee members look forward to serving our members and welcoming visiting guests. Photos from this gathering are available on Yahoo! Photos

January 31, 2005: Wah Yan PSA Edmonton executive committee meeting
An executive committee meeting was held, in which two of our youngest members, Herman and Jason, joined us for the dinner meeting. Preparation work for the upcoming Student Ambassadors visit was made. The Student Ambassadors will be visiting Edmonton in March.

March 5, 2005: Chinese New Year Gathering / Pot-luck Gathering
Many thanks to Vincent and Linda for once again offering their beautiful home to host our Chinese New Year Pot Luck Gathering. It was very well attended by our members in this warm spring-like evening.

March 19 to 28, 2005: Western Canada Visits by Student Ambassadors
It was our great honour to host the 2005 Wah Yan Student Ambassadors. Many of us attended the Welcome Dinner at the University of Alberta Faculty Club the evening of March 22 welcoming Student Ambassadors Peter Lee (WYCHK) and Michael Tsang (WYK) to Edmonton. We all agree that the meal arranged by Francis Yeh was delicious and that Peter and Michael's Powerpoint presentations were fascinating. We were all grateful to feel so close to our mother schools once again. Photos from this gathering are available on Yahoo! Photos

July 30-31, 2005: 2005 Western Reunion
It was our great honour to host the 2005 Western Reunion in Edmonton this summer long weekend. A big group of Vancouver and Calgary Wahyanites flew or drove to Edmonton for this memorable gathering. We had two days of great fun, sharing memories of the school days. Photos from this gathering are available on Yahoo! Photos and William's web site

June 24, 2006: Annual General Meeting
Our 2006 Annual General Meeting was held at Chili Hot Hot on this Saturday evening. The event was well attended with 26 members and families. We took the opportunity to catch up with each other, look back at what happened in the year past and look forward to welcoming the 2006 Wah Yan Student Ambassadors to Edmonton in August. The new executive committee for the 2006-2007 term was installed and Edmund discussed our financial standings. The committee members look forward to serving our members and welcoming our visiting guests, beginning with a BBQ Welcome Gathering for the Wah Yan Student Ambassadors to Edmonton on August 12.

August 11-13, 2006 Wah Yan Student Ambassadors Visit
It was our great honor to welcome the Wah Yan Student Ambassadors to Edmonton. From the photos, you will see that Alwin Wong (WYHK) and Angus Lee (WYK) had a great time in Fort Edmonton Park. The Welcome BBQ Gathering we had on August 12 for the Ambassadors was a great way for us to get to know each other more. It was great hearing news from Wah Yan first hand.

August 18-19, 2006 10th Wah Yan International Conference
A number of us visited Vancouver for the 10th Wah Yan International Conference, "The Unforgettable Link". The Vancouver chapter did a great job hosting the Conference. It was a huge success. The post-conference cruise trip to Alaska was equally real memorable.

February 24, 2007 Chinese New Year pot luck gathering

September 1, 2007 Summer pot luck gathering

January 19, 2008 New Year Pot Luck Gathering

August 24, 2008 Summer pot luck gathering

March 14, 2009 Chinese New Year pot luck gathering

July 16, 2009 Dinner gathering with Fr. Chow
It was our great honour welcoming Fr. Chow, the current School Supervisor of the two Wah Yan colleges, to Edmonton on the special day of July 16th, 2009 the 15th anniversary of Fr. Chow's priestly ordination. Fr. Chow shared with us first-hand information about the two Wah Yans and reminded us the vision of Jesuit education.

"We offer a holistic, liberating and transforming Catholic education within a learning community for students and staff to become progressively competent, committed, compassionate, spiritual, and ethically discerning persons with a universal heart contributing to the welfare and happiness of all, in particular the poor and the neglected."

From left to right in the Edmonton group photo taken with Fr. Chow: Vincent WS Lee, Stephen Cheng, Tony Wong, Ping Lee, Steven Kuang, Michael Lee, Derek Chao, Raymond Cheng, Fr. Chow, Wilfred Siu, Vincent PC Lee, Ron Lau, Ernest Siu & Hannah, Lee Cheung, Edmund Chan

November 8, 2009 Sunday brunch at the Capilano Sawmill
We took the opportunity to welcome a new member. His name is Jeffrey Choi. Jeffrey graduated from WYK in 2006 (Form 7). Jeffrey is currently studying at the U of A, Augustana Campus. Welcome, Jeffrey!

We also took a short video, congratulating the Wah Yan Hong Kong and the Wah Yan Kowloon colleges, for their 90th and 85th Anniversary respectively this year. The video was shown at the Gratitude Dinner held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 13, 2009.

Clockwise from upper left in the "Let's Make a Wish!" video: Ron Lau, Jeffrey Choi, Francis Yip, Ping Lee, Danny Ngan, Ting Wong, Lee-Wing Cheung, Michael Lee, Vincent PC Lee, Benny Leung, Vincent WS Lee, Edmund Chan

February 28, 2010 Sunday Brunch at Sutton Place
We had a very nice private balcony for ourselves at Sutton Place for this Chinese New Year gathering, on this the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Thank you to Jeffrey Choi for bringing us beautiful bookmarks of Wah Yan. The bookmark was designed by Jeffrey himself when he was in WYK Form 6.

Upcoming Events

TBA
Date: Spring / Summer 2010
Time: TBA
Location: TBA, Edmonton

Wah Yan International Conference 2010
Date: August 20 - August 22 (Friday to Sunday)
Location: Hilton Los Angeles / San Gabriel Hotel
Web Site: http://ic2010.wahyan.com/

In the works...

Please do come out and join our planned events or activities. Don?t be shy to show your support. : )

"The Star" CD-ROM

A special note: Past copies of WYHK's school magazine "The Star" are now available in CD-ROM format. Our Association has ordered a set and all are welcome to borrow it for their personal viewing. Please contact any Executive Committee member to make arrangement for borrowing.

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