Markham Chinese community recognized by premier for contributions during the pandemic

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, the Chinese community has extended a loving and supportive hand by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and nursing homes for the vulnerable groups.

Deeply moved by the Chinese community's dedicated activities and deeds, MPP Vincent Ke has been promoting it on social media and reflecting the situation to the provincial council.

At a donation appreciation meeting hosted by Ke on Nov. 27, Ford expressed his gratitude to the individuals and organizations in the Chinese community who have contributed to the fight against the first wave of the pandemic.

“It is because of the great dedication of the Chinese community during the pandemic has made Ontario the best jurisdictions in the world,” Ford said, “I always believe tough times don't last, tough people do, while the people of Ontario are one of the toughest in the world.”

When talking about the strong bond between him and the community, Ford said he would be forever grateful to the Chinese community because they are always supportive.

“The Chinese community is one of the hardest working communities I ever met. We share the same values as the Chinese community right across the board, economically and socially and other aspects.”

Billy Pang, Markham—Unionville MPP, attended the meeting as well.

"Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, I see local businesses and organizations donated so many PPEs, warm meals and supplies to our front-line heroes, hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes; they have demonstrated the true Ontario Spirit,” Pang said.

He also provided a list of individuals and organizations who made great contributions, including SSE Care Solutions Inc., Amigu de Macau Arts and Culture, Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, St. Maurice & St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church, Good Neighbours of York Region Association, and CEFS Centre.

“This may only be a small part of the Chinese community that has contributed, but their donation of PPEs, fundraising toward PPE purchase and meals, clothes, food baskets to the community are remarkable.”

As a Markham local PPE manufacturer, SSE Care Solutions supplies masks to many front-line workers, medical and dental clinics, retirement communities, nursing homes and schools in the uncertain times.

During the first wave of the pandemic, it donated more than 500,000 masks. “My company has felt compelled to step up and help promote safety among Torontonians by donating our locally produced ASTM Level 3 surgical masks,” said Frank Law, vice-president of SSE.

With the second wave of the pandemic becoming intensified, Law said SSE would continue donating PPE to Sick Kids, Yee Hong Community Wellness, Unionville Home Society and other organizations.

COVID-19 is ruthless, but people are compassionate.

Ke said he heard so many touching stories since the outbreak, such as high school students cooking their own meals to deliver to front-line medical workers and international students using their pocket money to buy protective gear.

“I believe that as long as people are united, we will be able to overcome the second wave of the pandemic at as soon as possible.”

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun