We are thrilled to share fabulous news about one of our Toronto alumnae: Heritage Toronto is honoured to name Arlene Chan (neé Lumb, Canada Alpha 1970) as the recipient of the 2017 Special Achievement Award. Presented by the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors, the Special Achievement Award celebrates individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the preservation and education of Toronto’s heritage. A community advocate, librarian and author, Arlene Chan has spent her lifetime documenting and sharing the Chinese Canadian experience in Toronto.
Born in Toronto, Chan learned her most important lessons at the feet of her mother, Jean Lumb, CM, a restaurateur and social justice advocate. Lumb taught her daughter the importance and rewards of community work, especially with her successful “Save Chinatown” campaign in the 1970s that fought to protect the area from redevelopment. After earning a bachelor of arts and masters in library science at the University of Toronto, Chan chose to devote herself to projects that carry on her mother’s legacy.
Among her many accomplishments, Chan is the author of seven books on the history and culture of Chinese Canadians; she is currently working on a historic guide to Toronto’s Chinatowns. She is the President of the Jean Lumb Foundation and oversees the Jean Lumb Awards which provide scholarships to high school students of Chinese heritage. Chan has also collaborated with numerous organizations on interpretive projects, community programs, and walking tours, including her work with the Ontario Heritage Trust, Toronto Ward Museum, and Heritage Toronto.
Chan’s generous spirit is reflected in her many volunteer commitments. She is a Little Pear Garden Dance Company board member, a member of the Toronto Public Library’s Chinese Canadian Archive advisory group, and serves on the Heritage Interpretation Working Group for the New Toronto Courthouse.
“Arlene Chan’s knowledge and affection for Toronto and its Chinese community are well reflected in her work. Her literary efforts are treasure houses of information and celebration for all those who seek to learn, understand and enjoy.” David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto
Huge congratulations to our Toronto Tri Delta sister Arlene on this honour!!!
The Special Achievement Award will be presented at the 43rd Heritage Toronto Awards on Monday, October 23, at The Carlu, a tour de force of Art Moderne design and a National Historic Site. At this premier event for the heritage sector, more than 500 attendees will enjoy the Mayor’s Reception, hosted by Mayor John Tory. Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony, hosted this year by Christopher Hume, the long-time architecture critic and urban issues columnist at The Toronto Star.
Tickets to the event are sold out. This event is Heritage Toronto’s major fundraiser of the year, raising monies in support of its public programming.
Heritage Toronto is a charity and agency of the City of Toronto that celebrates and commemorates the city’s rich heritage and the diverse stories of its people, places, and events.
Please join us as we celebrate Founders’ Day 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel on Wednesday, November 22nd. Please RSVP by providing payment on the Paypal link provided on the right. Be sure to choose your meal selection using the dropdown menu on the Paypal link.
Location: Willard Room at the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville hotel located at 220 Bloor Street West
Time: Cocktails and reception will commence at 6:00pm followed by dinner and awards at 7:00pm
Starter: Cookstown Salad Greens, Shaved Carrots, Cucumber & Radish with Light Italian Dressing
Entrée: Fingerling Potatoes and Battonnets of Maple Glazed Root Vegetables with your choice of;
Seared Supreme of Chicken stuffed with Parsley Butter OR Teriyaki Glazed Salmon
Dessert: Banana Split in Mason Jars
Pricing: $70 or $90 for non-members
Parking: There is a Green P parking lot directly behind the restaurant. From Bloor Street, go North on Bedford Rd. then make a right into the parking lot (9 Bedford Rd. is the address for the parking lot). There is an entrance directly into the hotel from the lot.
TTC: The Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville hotel is located on the North side of Bloor Street between St. George and Bay subway stations. Either Exit at St. George station and walk East or exit at Bay station and walk West.
Deadline to RSVP: Tuesday November 14th, 2017
Please be advised that beverages sold at the event include gratuities!
For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Tri Delta Toronto Alumnae Chapter proudly participated in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Our enthusiastic team consisted of Carly Klassen, Carrie Illsley, Colin Watson, Jenny Dundas, Krystal Mercer and Michelle Mercer.
Thanks to our sponsors, we raised $1716, or 114% of our $1500 goal! We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of family, friends, and the following Tri Deltas and Tri Psis: Arlene Chan, Carmelina Macario, Corinne Winnel, Eleanor MacLean, Elizabeth Melo, Georgina Klassen, Jena Crone, Joan Lockhart, Jocette Illsley, Laura Knapp, Nancy Gahm and Susan Weston.
Once again, Michelle Mercer was our top fundraiser and Carrie’s partner Colin Watson was our token male. Congrats, Michelle! Thanks for joining us, Colin!
This is the only alumnae fundraising activity that takes our chapter out into the community, both in terms of sponsorship (collecting from non-members) and visibility (wearing our letters). So mark your calendar and join us for the next Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 16, 2018!
With gratitude & Delta love,
Tri Delta Toronto AC Team Captain
Oct 12 – 7 to 9pm! @ 30 Madison Ave
Do you want to meet the 14 newest members of our collegiate chapter? Reconnect with fellow alumnae? See all the amazing renovations and updates to 30 Madison? You can do all of the above by joining us for our Annual New Member Meet and Greet! Come out, have some desserts, play games and meet the newest members of DDD!
Don’t miss out on the savings!
For the 5th year in a row our annual dues remain the same price and have not increased. Don’t forget to take advantage of the early bird deal for additional savings.
Click on the payment button on the right before October 15th to access the discounted rate.