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About Us

Gina Wong, Founder & Ambassador

Gina Wong arrives to this deliberate and intentional equity, justice, and inclusivity work in solid stance against all forms of hate and racism for our BIPOC communities. She is fighting against anti-Asian racism with deep respect and profound awareness of the social and historic context of racism against Black, Indigenous, and other racialized minorities. Gina’s own experiences as a minoritized Asian woman compels her to this work. She has a strong personal desire to serve the Asian community and to raise awareness and garner pride in Asian heritage and culture.

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Sheila Wong, Co-Founder & Ambassador

Sheila Wong emigrated to Canada from Hong Kong at the age of six with her parents and two older brothers. They landed in Calgary, Alberta where she started public school. At that time, it was expected of all immigrants to change their birth names to English names to make it easier for teachers to pronounce … this was her first introduction to public school in Canada. Her parents worked hard at creating an environment where she and her brothers would maintain the Chinese language and the culture, yet adopting the Canadian way of life. She felt privileged to be immersed in both cultures equally. In the present context of hate and racism against all peoples of color, she could not remain silent any longer, as Asians have been viciously attacked and blamed for the COVID-19 Pandemic. She has a strong belief that we need to stand in solidarity as one race, the human race, to speak out against injustice and violent acts in the name of hate. She stands proud as an Asian Canadian helping to raise awareness.

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Justin Chau, Executive Advisor

Justin Chau is a second-generation Chinese Canadian born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada. Growing up in a predominantly white neighbourhood, Justin is no stranger to being one of a handful of people of colour throughout his educational and extra-curricular journey. Having experienced teaching internationally overseas in Hong Kong, Justin began feeling empowered with #AsianPride. Witnessing the work ethic and culture only provided more opportunities to embrace his understanding of being Chinese Canadian and gratitude towards his raised Western values. His advocacy work towards diversity, inclusion, equity and justice is ingrained in his teaching pedagogy as a seasoned Ontario certified teacher.

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Emma Yee, Youth Ambassador

Emma Yee is a high school student and actor, singer, and dancer hailing from Treaty 6 territory. She is a proud Asian woman who believes strong communities are both inclusive and diverse, and she is honoured to be a part of the Asian Gold Ribbon Initiative. As a self-described extrovert, Emma enjoys meeting and connecting with others, making her a great fit with this campaign. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading books written by authors of diverse backgrounds and exploring the intersection between heritage and community.

Aria Duggan, Youth Ambassador

Aria is very excited to be a part of this campaign to develop a deeper connection to her Chinese roots and to support the Asian communities in her city and across Canada. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Aria is a high school student who loves math, painting, and playing the piano. She is connected to her community through helping students as a Kumon Assistant and helping families in need by selling her artwork through her annual Christmas fundraiser.

Teresa Woo-Paw, Ambassador

Teresa is a tireless advocate for diversity, social inclusion and active civic participation. She is known for her ability in bringing diverse people together for joint efforts, break new grounds and create impact. She is the first Asian Canadian woman elected to the Calgary Board of Education (1995-2000), the Alberta Legislature, and Cabinet Minister in Alberta (2008-2015).

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Olivia Chow, Ambassador

Olivia was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Toronto, Canada with her family in 1970. Throughout her career, Olivia has been at the forefront advocating for social justice particularly for girls and women. She has reached across party lines and travelled across the country, forging alliances with municipal and provincial leaders, business and advocacy groups. Outside the political sphere, Olivia is known as a tireless spokesperson, fundraiser and champion of numerous charities such as the Centre for Victims of Torture, Asian Community AIDS Service, Culture Link and organizations helping those with cancer. Olivia’s career has been all about creating lasting change.For over 20 years, she was at the forefront of the ultimately successful campaign to achieve a national apology and redress for the discriminatory “Chinese Head Tax”.

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Renee Wong, Graphic Designer & Video Editor

 

Naomi Anderson Wong, AGR Liason Coordinator, Toronto, ON, Canada

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