The Jean Lumb Awards

November 11, 2007 11:54 ET

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Jean Lumb Awards- Four New Winners for an Enduring Legacy

TORONTO AND GTA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2007) - Hard work, dedication and perseverance have guided Arlene Chan, eldest daughter of Jean Lumb, to carry on the work of her mother in the Chinese community with the annual presentation of the Jean Lumb Awards for excellence in Chinese youths.

The 10th anniversary of the Jean Lumb Awards marks a special celebration of the enduring success of the organization and the countless hours of volunteer work by a spirited group of supporters who are driven to carry on Jean Lumb's ideals for the Chinese community.

In the past 10 years, over thousands of applicants have applied for the Jean Lumb awards with only 40 students selected including this year's winners. Past winners have gone on to greater successes in their chosen fields, such as PHD programs at Oxford University, high-tech engineer, reporter for a national newspaper and a talented hip-hop performer in the local music scene. It is this diversity of talents shown by our youths that have endeared the organization's volunteers to continue their work for many more years.

"The 10th anniversary of the Jean Lumb Awards is a special celebration of the achievements of this year's winners, but also a heartfelt celebration of the many hours of work by our volunteers," said Arlene Chan, an author and retired Librarian. "Each year our judges spend many evenings reviewing the achievements of each applicant eventually making the very tough decision on the final four winners. As well, I am so pleased to have a resourceful group of supporters who does everything from fundraising to program designs. It's a true team effort."

This year, as part of the 10th anniversary celebration, two special Commemorative Awards for Outstanding Achievement will be presented by the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to figure skater Patrick Chan and violin performer Henry Lau.

The four Jean Lumb Award winners this year represent excellences from across the Greater Toronto Area in Academics, Community Service, Arts, and Athletics. Each has demonstrated a track record of strong leadership, balanced with a diversity of interests and talents, and an overwhelming devotion to helping the community.

The 10th Annual Jean Lumb Awards celebrate and honour the achievements of these four outstanding Canadian youths of Chinese descent.

Kotcheff Family Arts Award - Patricia Wong, Brother Andre Catholic High School

The start of ballet classes at age three and piano lessons at age five launched Patricia's life in and love for the performing arts. She completed the Grades 8, 9, and 10 piano exams, all with First Class Honours. Having studied at the Richmond Hill Academy of Dance, the Conservatory of Dance and Music, the Royal Academy of Dance and the Banff Summer Dance Program, she has won awards and scholarships for her technique and artistry at the Dance Express, Sur La Pointe, Rhythm Dance, Dance Canada and Terpsichore competitions. Among her biggest achievements as a dancer are meeting the qualifications for participating in the Phyllis Bedellis Bursary Competition, the prestigious Adeline Genee Competition and the Solo Seal Awards Performance.

Patricia is currently studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

University of Toronto Scarborough Academic Award - Judy Tran, Weston C.I.

Overcoming adversity early in life with resilience and tenacity, Judy has achieved academic excellence as one of a select group of students qualified for the International Baccalaureate Program. As the top student in her school since Grade 7, she has received many awards, including the Waterloo Math Award, Lagrange Award, Weston Lions Club Academic Achievement Award and the University of Waterloo Gauss Mathematics Award for highest score. Judy's strong interest and outstanding achievements in math, science and engineering resulted in her acceptance to the summer biomedical engineering program at the University of Toronto.

Judy is currently attending Weston C.I.

Murphy & Chung Chartered Accountants Athletics Award - Claire Leewing, University of Toronto Schools

Tournament All-Star, Most Valuable Player and high performance athlete are among the accolades that Claire has earned as a result of intensive training, tireless determination and overwhelming enthusiasm. Although she excels in many sports, like swimming, basketball, tennis, skiing, figure skating and track, volleyball is her true passion. Since the age of twelve, she has trained and played rigorously whether she is attending volleyball camp, winning gold, silver and bronze medals, leading her team as captain or coaching younger players. A recipient of many honours and awards, Claire is recognized as one of Ontario Volleyballs' top prospects.

Claire is currently studying Physical Health and Education at the University of Toronto and is playing on the Women's Varsity Volleyball team.

TD Canada Trust Community Services Award - Catherine Pak, Milliken Mills High School

Giving back to the community resonates with Catherine because her community has given so much to her. This commitment has resulted in community volunteerism that includes being a member of the Mayor's Youth Task Force and a youth ambassador for the Town of Markham. In this capacity, she has actively promoted the Task Force, coordinated the kickoff for International Youth Week and restructured the Mayor's Youth Award. As a member of the Youth Strategic Focus Group, she provides feedback on youth issues. Catherine helps with charitable events, such as, the Milliken Mills Children's Festival, Terry Fox Run, TD Canada Trust Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Easter Seal Relay and Pull for a Cure. As the president of the athletic council, she inititated and organized a basketball game between the teaching staff and police to help bridge the gaps between youth and the police and to promote non-violence in a community where crime rates have been steadily increasing.

Catherine is currently studying Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies at the University of New Brunswick.

The 10th Anniversary Commemorative Awards for Outstanding Achievement goes to Patrick Chan and Henry Lau.

10th Anniversary Commemorative Award - Patrick Chan

One of Canada's best hopes for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games is Patrick Chan who is currently ranked 13th in the world for figure skating. Chan won three straight national titles for the pre-novice, novice and junior men's championships and finished second at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Germany last season, the first Canadian in 23 years to reach the podium in men's singles at this event. His most recent win was this summer at the Liberty Open.

Patrick who started skating at the age of five currently trains in Toronto and Florida. He is in his final year at Etienne-Brule Secondary School in Toronto and plans to enter university to study business or commerce.

10th Anniversary Commemorative Award - Henry Lau

Henry is an accomplished 18 year-old from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in Toronto. Not only has he completed Level 10 piano and violin from the Royal Conservatory of Music, he was awarded the Silver Medal for achieving the highest mark. Playing violin since the age of six, Henry combines his mastery of the instrument with a hip hop dancing style called Boogaloo Popping.

Described as "awesome", "cool", "hot", Henry performed on the music video of the hit Korean boy band, "Super Junior". Known to many as the Violin Boy, this talented musician is gaining international fame.

The Jean Lumb Awards

The Jean Lumb Awards are given annually to recognize the extraordinary talents and skills of young people and to encourage their continued quest for excellence. The awards celebrate the hopes and dreams of the early generations of Chinese Canadians whose hard work and sacrifice have paved the road for today's generation. We hope that the recipients will embody the spirit of Chinese pioneers, like Jean Lumb, C.M. who were instrumental in laying the foundation for Canada's flourishing global communities. These recipients are the leaders and innovators of Canada's future.

The awards will be presented at a special banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at the Bright Pearl Chinese Restaurant, 346 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto (one block north of Dundas).

Media are welcome to join our Masters of Ceremony, Ms Sarina Lee, a past Jean Lumb Awards winner, and Ms. Pam Lumb Collett, Jean Lumb's youngest daughter, for an exciting evening.

Advance interviews with award winners are available at 6:30 prior to the banquet.

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