Sunday
Sep112011

UBC Asian Studies 50th Anniversary Gala

Come join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the UBC Department of Asian Studies! Since our founding in 1961 the Department has been at the forefront of teaching and research about Asia in North America. Over the years our department has expanded to offer many different Asian culture, literature and history classes as well as adding on several new languages to our already extensive list.

This night is an opportunity to look back and see how much this department has developed, as well as to connect with alumni, staff and faculty, and current students. Come enjoy light snacks and champagne at the reception, followed by a delicious dinner buffet with wine, and a performance by the UBC Persian Music Ensemble to celebrate the launch of the Department’s new Persian Language and Iranian Studies Initiative.

Thank you for being a part of our 50 - year journey, we would be delighted if you could join us to help celebrate our first 50 years.

For more, please click here.

 

Monday
Aug012011

BC Student Send-off and BC Day 2011

July 31, 2011 – The Canadian Alumni Network and the BC International Trade and Investment Office hosted the 4th BC Student Send-off while celebrating BC Day 2011 at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. The BC Alumni Reps and fellow alumni were on hand to do a presentation, which included sharing their own experiences to the 70 new students heading off to UBC, SFU and UVic, showing a video on the BC Alumni activities in Beijing, and giving out some prizes, like a Nokia X7-00 smartphone that went to one very lucky incoming SFU student, that was generously contributed by SFU Alumni Relations and SFU President Andrew Petter. For the first time, the event saw a large number of current UBC students participate in this event providing insight to life during their first years of university. A networking event was hosted afterwards in the Canadian Club with pizza, a common staple for university students, where alumni, students, and their parents were able to share some one-on-one time. 

Thanks to all the alumni volunteers, reps and current students, who came out to help with the annual event from SFU, UBC and UVic. Special thanks to Kevin Tsui and his team at the BC Trade and Investment Office for sponsoring and supporting this annual event, and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing for their continued support, especially to Gary Lee, who is also a proud UBC Alumni!

Richard N. Liu is the UBC Alumni Representative in Beijing and founder of the Canadian Alumni Network. For questions how to the join the network, please write to: canadian.alumni.network@gmail.com

Thursday
Apr142011

Many Alumni in Motion to Inspire and Make a Difference in China

April 14, 2011 (Beijing) – A representative group of the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) were among the 500 participants and special guests that attended a special ceremony at the Badaling section of the Great Wall on Tuesday April 12th, commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion World Tour”, which he started on March 21, 1985 and took him over 40,000 kilometers and through 34 countries in 26 months, to raise awareness of the potential of people with a disability, raising $26 million for spinal cord injury (SCI) research and quality of life programs. More importantly was the collective shift in consciousness in the belief of the potential of people with disabilities when barriers are removed.

Exactly twenty five years to the date of the historic Man In Motion’s original visit to the Great Wall of China, the Difference Maker Champions Symbolic Relay was organized to connect, inspire and challenge young people and serve as a reminder of the important role the next generation will play in accelerating progress toward a more healthy, sustainable and inclusive world.

“The Great Wall of China played a significant role in the overall success of the original Man In Motion World Tour and was the beginning of a new conversation with China about the potential of people with a disability,” said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. “Twenty five years later, it is an honour to be connecting young people at such a symbolic location – the Great Wall of China – and seeing the energy and enthusiasm from the hundreds of students who came out to support my vision of a healthy and inclusive world. The four difference makers who participated today are representative of the millions of kids around the world who are making a difference now.”

The Rick Hansen Difference Maker medal was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint, which is the same medal that will be passed among 7,000 difference makers during the 9 month cross-Canada 25th Anniversary Relay that begins in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador, on August 24th, 2011.

Mr. Mark Rowswell – a popular celebrity in China known as “Dashan,” and University of Toronto alumni – hosted the event on the Great Wall that the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. David Mulroney attended, along with the young children of Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), a leading international school in Asia. The relay was the first of a number of activities that Rick participated in while in China.

April 14, 2011 – Canadian Alumni Representatives with the Canadian Alumni Network’s Hon. Co-Chair, Mr. Rick Hansen, at the Canadian Club inside the Canadian Embassy during the Canadian Alumni Reception. (Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Céspedes) Front Row Right to Left: Mr. Kevin Tsui (McGill), Mr. Richard N. Liu (UBC), Ms. Jessica Miao (Queens), Mr. Rick Hansen (Hon. Co-Chair), and Mr. Nicolas Morin (Laval). Back Row Right to Left: Ms. Cindy Jensen (Dalhousie), Mr. Adam Dunnett (University of Victoria), Mr. Wolfgang H. Céspedes (University of Toronto), Mr. Eric Gibb (University of Victoria), Mr. Peter Forster (University of Victoria), and Mr. Chen Zhang (Concordia). Missing in photo: Jill Jollineau (UNB)On the third and final day in Beijing, Mr. Jeff Nankivell, Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy, warmly welcomed Rick and the eighty-five alumni from Canada’s post- secondary institutions residing in Beijing to the Canadian Alumni Cocktail Reception at the Canadian Club inside the embassy. Rick reflected on the achievements of the 3-day visit to Beijing and the future before presenting a surprise award to Richard Liu, Founder of the Canadian Alumni Network and UBC Alumni representative in Beijing, recognizing his contribution as a difference maker to the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour 25th Anniversary. Richard, who was completely beside himself, made the closing remarks with a presentation declaring, “On behalf of 3000 alumni in China and our 26 Alumni Representatives, the end is really just the beginning for us in China tonight, that Mr. Rick Hansen, as a fellow UBC Alumni, the Honourary Co-Chair of the Canadian Alumni Network, who has made a difference by building a stronger relationship for many in Canada and China in education.” The formalities closed by recognizing long-time founding Alumni Representative who will be returning to Canada this summer, Mr. Peter Forster of the University of Victoria, for a “Lifetime Achievement” award that was presented by Mr. Rick Hansen.
    
Special thanks to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, the BC International Trade and Investment Office, and the Canadian Alumni Network for supporting and organizing the reception that provided a venue for Rick and his team to meet and interact with the many difference makers in the Canadian Alumni Community in Beijing.

Over the next 11 days, Rick visited Beijing, Shanghai, Shantou and Hong Kong to engage youth, recognize Chinese difference makers in the areas of SCI research for a cure and accessibility, and further partnerships in the areas of research and accessibility through a series of collaborative agreements.

 

About The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN):

April 14, 2011 – Richard N. Liu, Founder of the Canadian Alumni Network’s declaring Mr. Rick Hansen as the Canadian Alumni Network’s Hon. Co-Chair, at the Canadian Club inside the Canadian Embassy during the Canadian Alumni Reception

The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) is a non-profit, volunteer-based group of 26 alumni chapter representatives, that continues to bring mutual support to alumni chapter representatives in China, develop synergy and opportunities for currently 1300 alumni in Beijing and over 3000 alumni in China. The CAN is fostering public awareness that Canadian post-secondary institutions have an influential alumni network in China. Please join the network today through the two main social media sites, Facebook and Linkedin.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1855949

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2420550571


Please also visit http://www.canadiansinchina.com

About the Rick Hansen Foundation:

The Rick Hansen Foundation is a registered charitable organization that provides leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and supports the search for a cure while accelerating progress to a more healthy and inclusive world. The Foundation achieves its goals by connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible. Please visit www.rickhansen.com for more information.
    
About the Rick Hansen Foundation’s 25th Anniversary:
The Rick Hansen Foundation is currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, and the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fields of accessibility and spinal cord injury advancement. Over the two year anniversary period (March 21, 2010 – May 22, 2012) a number of programs and events will be unveiled to inspire others to dream big, recognize difference makers, create lasting and sustainable legacies and change the world, one good turn at a time.

Click here for the inspirational 25th Anniversary video.

Tuesday
Apr122011

Rick Hansen sets many in motion on the Great Wall of China

Rick Hansen returns to China to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Man in Motion World Tour”; starts off international outreach through symbolic relay at the Great Wall

April 12, 2011 - Exactly twenty five years to the date of his original visit to the Great Wall of China as part of his Man In Motion World Tour, with an enthusiastic crowd of 500 at the symbolic medal relay. (Photo Courtesy of Walk Hall / Western Academy of Beijing)Beijing, China, April 12, 2011 – Canada’s Man In Motion, Rick Hansen, hosted a symbolic relay at the Great Wall near Beijing in front of a crowd of 500 enthusiastic students. The event was part of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary International Program, an initiative to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hansen’s “Man in Motion World Tour” - which took him over 40,000 kilometers and through 34 countries in 26 months to raise awareness of the potential of people with a disability.

Exactly twenty five years to the date of his original visit to the Great Wall of China, a symbolic relay was held to connect, engage and inspire young people and serve as a reminder of the important role the next generation will play in accelerating progress toward a more healthy, sustainable and inclusive world. Four students from the Western Academy of Beijing - which has representation from 55 countries - were selected to participate in the symbolic relay. Karoline Aaen (age 16), Herman Chau (age 16), Thomson Chen (age 16) and Carolina Minton-Frias (age 11) were identified as “difference makers,” having demonstrated leadership among their peers and in their community.

“The Great Wall of China played a significant role in the overall success of the original Man In Motion World Tour and was the beginning of a new conversation with China about the potential of people with a disability,” said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. “Twenty five years later, it is an honour to be connecting young people at such a symbolic location – the Great Wall of China – and seeing the energy and enthusiasm from the hundreds of students who came out to support my vision of a healthy and inclusive world. The four difference makers who participated today are representative of the millions of kids around the world who are making a difference now.”

As part of the symbolic relay today, Hansen passed the same Rick Hansen Difference Maker medal that was unveiled at the Rick Hansen Senior secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, last week, to Carolina Minton-Frias. It is the same medal that will be passed among 7,000 difference makers during the 9 month cross-Canada 25th Anniversary Relay that begins in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador, on August 24th, 2011.

“I’m honoured, proud and very excited,” said Carolina Minton-Frias, who was selected for her leadership including fundraising efforts for students in need and the donation of her hair to the Locks of Love Foundation which makes wigs for children with cancer. “This is a once in a lifetime chance that inspires me to do more – and I am going to do more.”

April 12, 2011 - Canadian Alumni Represenatatives enthusiastically attend the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour. (Photo Courtesy of Walk Hall / Western Academy of Beijing)Hosted by Canadian Mark Rowswell – a popular celebrity in China known as “Dashan,” – the event drew attendance from the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China, David Mulroney.

The relay today is the first of a number of activities that Rick Hansen will be participating in while in China. Over the next 11 days, Hansen will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Shantou and Hong Kong to engage youth, recognize Chinese difference makers in the areas of SCI research for a cure and accessibility, and further partnerships in the areas of research and accessibility through a series of collaborative agreements.

 

About the Rick Hansen Foundation:
The Rick Hansen Foundation is a registered charitable organization that provides leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and supports the search for a cure while accelerating progress to a more healthy and inclusive world. The Foundation achieves its goals by connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible. Please visit www.rickhansen.com for more information.


About the Rick Hansen Foundation’s 25th Anniversary:
The Rick Hansen Foundation is currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, and the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fields of accessibility and spinal cord injury advancement. Over the two year anniversary period (March 21, 2010 – May 22, 2012) a number of programs and events will be unveiled to inspire others to dream big, recognize difference makers, create lasting and sustainable legacies and change the world, one good turn at a time.


About the Rick Hansen Institute:
The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), formerly the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network (SCISN), is a Canada-wide collaboration of researchers, health care professionals and service providers, all committed to improving the outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) – through research, identification and implementation of best practices, and providing solutions through community partnerships. RHI’s role is to help influence all elements of the innovation system for SCI treatment, care and other services through three core areas: translational research, best practice implementation and The Rick Hansen SCI Registry. Please visit www.rickhanseninstitute.org for more information.

For More Information:
Diana Liu
Hill & Knowlton (China) Tel: (8610) 59677622 Fax: (8610) 6512 3712 Email: diana.liu@hillandknowlton.com.cn

Rick Hansen Foundation:

Robin Russell (in China) Rick Hansen Foundation representative in China Mobile: +1-604-644-0811 Email: rrussel@rickhansen.com

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For a video clip of the ceremony, please click here.

Check out Global National: Canada's Man in Motion, Rick Hansen, returns to China with the promises of great expectations for spinal cord research. Jas Johal reports.

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Monday
Mar282011

25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour

Twenty-five years ago, during the Man In Motion World Tour, Rick Hansen wheeled through the streets of China to raise awareness of spinal cord injury (SCI) and to create a more accessible world for everyone. Thousands of Chinese people came out to witness his journey and embrace his mission. They believed in his dream and warmly recognized and celebrated his great accomplishments.

The overwhelming support from China and its people marked a turning point in the Tour. Images of Rick’s inspirational journey through China captivated people from around the world and in Canada, who began to follow Rick’s journey with great interest. This set the stage for an unprecedented global engagement with the rest of the Tour.

After the Tour, Rick established the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) to continue his quest for an accessible and inclusive society and a cure for SCI. Twenty years later, extraordinary progress has been made in the areas of SCI research and accessibility.

In April 2011, Rick Hansen will be back in China to thank the country and its people for the pivotal role they played in raising awareness of the original Tour and to celebrate Chinese difference makers who have made a significant impact in finding a cure for SCI and in making the world more accessible.

The 25th Anniversary celebration of Rick’s original tour through China will provide an opportunity to engage Chinese citizens, society and government.

• For Chinese citizens, Rick’s story is proof that anything is possible and anyone can make a positive contribution to society. This confidence and optimism will give people the power to accomplish extraordinary things and to become difference makers.
• For Chinese society, Rick’s success will encourage respect for people who have differences and raise awareness of equality and inclusiveness, the essence of a harmonious society.
• For the Chinese government, Rick’s values of community, determination and integrity will galvanize society towards vibrant communities, a stronger country and a better world.

The 25th Anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fields of SCI research and accessibility. The visit to China in April 2011 will be an opportunity to showcase the two countries working towards achieving this goal and to underline the importance of creating a world without barriers.

For the inspirational video, click here.

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