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Richmond Chinese School Foundation Donation

We gratefully acknowledge

Richmond Chinese
School Foundation

For their generous donation

A Brief History of the Richmond Chinese School Foundation

The Richmond Chinese School Foundation was established by a group of parents/ex-directors of the Richmond Chinese School Society in 2000. The main purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial contributions to organizations to assist them in promoting the Chinese language and culture in local communities.

The heritage of the Foundation can be traced back to the Richmond Chinese School Society which started the first Chinese school in Richmond in 1975. The School offered language classes to students aged from 3 to 17 years old. Classes for adults were later added due to demand. At one time, the School had in excess of 500 registered students.

When the Richmond Chinese School was started, the vision was to provide an appropriate learning environment to all those interested in learning the Chinese language and culture. The warm reception of the School over the years inspired other volunteer groups to initiate similar undertakings. In the last 15 years, we have witnessed a surge in the number of Chinese schools with each serving a different segment of the Chinese community in Richmond.

As for the Richmond Chinese School, after more than 20 years of successful operation, directors of the School realized the School could further extend its impact to the Richmond community at large. An endowment fund was granted to the Foundation by the Richmond Chinese School Society with the vision of promoting the learning of the Chinese language and culture to all those interested regardless of their racial backgrounds.

Between 2001 and 2009, income generated from the Foundation endowment was disbursed to deserving organizations such as the Richmond Chinese School, the Richmond Public Library and the Integration Youth Services Society.

“We are a modest foundation and we realize our annual disbursements would have only minimal impact. With the wind up of the School, the Foundation also saw the need to transform itself. In 2010, the Board of Trustees passed the resolution to donate all our funds to an organization that shares our vision and could leverage on the Foundation’s funds in promoting the learning of the Chinese language and culture. Several organizations including various academic institutions were invited to tender their proposals. After reviewing all proposals, the Board of Trustees selected the Richmond Public Library to be the recipient of the entire fund of $105,972.
The Foundation believes that a greater number of people would benefit from the funds through the Richmond Public Library. We recognize the Library plays an integral role in fostering the cultural fabric of the community. It makes excellent sense to give the funds to an organization known for its leadership and commitment in promoting Chinese language and culture as evidenced by its extensive language book collections, programs and services."

History provided by officials of the Richmond Chinese School Foundation

The Library plans to purchase books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and kits on Chinese language and culture, in Chinese and English. In addition, they will purchase Chinese reading club book sets and organize Chinese storytimes for children and relevant adult oriented program. Each book purchased will have a special bookplate attached, acknowledging this donation.

In order to acknowledge this very special and outstanding donation, the Richmond Public Library Board has dedicated the Brighouse (Main) Library second floor program room to the "Richmond Chinese School Foundation Program Room".


列治文中文學校基金會歷史

列治文中文學校基金會是由一些家長及列治文中文學校協會前任理事于2000年成立的。基金會的主要目的是提供經濟資助,幫助那些在本地社區推廣學習中國語言與文化的機構

基金會的創立可以追溯到列治文中文學校協會, 是他們在1975年創辦了列治文市第一所中文學校。學校為3至17歲學生開設學中文課程,後來根據需求學校又增設了成人班。曾有一度,學校的註冊學生超過了500名。

列治文中文學校創建之時的目標是向所有有興趣學習中文和中國文化的人士提供一個適合的學習環境。開辦以來,學校深受歡迎,並且帶動了其它自發群體開創相同的事業。過去的15年,我們看到有越來越多的中文學校出現,向列治文不同的中文社區提供服務。

對於列治文中文學校來說,在成功運作20年后,學校的理事們意識到可以把學校的影響進一步擴大到整個列治文社區。列治文中文學校協會捐給基金會一筆基金,旨在促進所有有興趣者 - 不論其種族背景 – 學習中國語言和文化。

在2001年到2009年之間,基金所得捐款分別用在列治文中文學校、列治文公共圖書館及加拿大青年領袖中心這些值得贊助的機構。

『我們基金會不大,每年的撥款所帶來的影響極小。在學校結束運作之際,基金會也意識到轉變自己的必要性。2010年,學校理事會通過決議,把我們所有基金捐贈給一個和我們有共識並且能夠繼續促進中國語言和文化學習的機構。有好幾家機構,包括各類專業學術機構受邀投標。在審閱了所有投標書後,理事會決定將所有105,972元基金捐贈給列治文公共圖書館。
基金會相信這筆捐款贈與圖書館將會使更多人受益。眾所周知,圖書館通過廣泛的語言藏書,豐富多彩的服務和課程活動為弘揚中國語言和文化一直起著領導性的作用。因此把捐款贈與這樣一個機構是一件很自然的事情。』

以上資料由列治文中文學校基金會提供

圖書館計劃購買有關中國語言和文化學習的中英文書籍、期刊、報紙、CD、DVD等;除此之外,圖書館還將購買中文讀書會專用書目,並安排中文講故事時間及相關成人活動。所購買的每本書上將貼上藏書標籤,以注明是用基金捐款所購。

爲了感謝這一特殊而突出的捐贈,列治文圖書館理事会決定將Brighouse總館二樓的活動室命名為『列治文中文學校基金會活動室』。


Books from this special Chinese Language and Culture collection

Berlitz Intermediate Mandarin Chinese

Berlitz Intermediate Mandarin Chinese
Dictionary of 1000 Chinese proverbs

Dictionary of 1000 Chinese proverbs
Chinese symbols and icons = Zhong guo tu fu

Chinese symbols & icons
Zhong guo tu fu
中國經典故事1 = Chinese classical stories 1 熊亮, 范曉星翻譯

中國經典故事1
Chinese classical stories 1
道德經 = The book of tao and teh

道德經
The book of tao and teh

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