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First Generation Canadians Revisit Roots to Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

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In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, two prominent Canadians offered a glimpse into their lives as the children of Asian immigrants at the Main Library in Ottawa this evening.

OTTAWA —May 16, 2012—In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, two prominent Canadians offered a glimpse into their lives as the children of Asian immigrants at the Main Library in Ottawa this evening. The Honourable Michael Chong, M.P. (Wellington-Halton Hills) and policy advisor, Sunny Uppal, spoke to members of the community as ambassadors of The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada program, which seeks to share the diverse stories that make up Canadian identity. The program is made possible with generous support from TD Bank Group.

Mr. Chong and Mr. Uppal asked the audience to consider how identity is shaped. Brought up in immigrant families, their stories uncover the experiences of first generation Canadians, whose identities bridge the gap between their families’ heritage and Canadian culture. This event was offered in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Ottawa’s richly diverse community,” said Jeremy Diamond, Director at The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We are proud to offer interactive opportunities for all Canadians to help create awareness of the stories and experiences of Asian Canadians during this month and beyond.”

“TD is delighted to partner with The Historica-Dominion Institute to celebrate Asian Heritage Month through the Passages to Canada program.  Sharing the experiences of the children of immigrants is just one of the ways we can all learn more about our rich cultural Asian heritage,” said Gary Dunne, Senior Vice President, TD Canada Trust, Ontario North and East Region.

The Passages to Canada Speaker’s Bureau is a national storytelling initiative through which Canadians share their diverse heritage. The Speaker’s Bureau brings together prominent local leaders who are actively engaged in promoting understanding and celebrating differences in their communities. For a decade, over 700 speakers have shared their stories of diversity and immigration with classrooms and community groups across Ottawa.

The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Asia-Canada web portal is another great resource for people to learn more about the Asian experience in Canada.

TD invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where its customers, clients and employees live and work. In 2011, TD donated over $66 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focused on Education and Financial Literacy, Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more information, please visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility. 

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For more information:
Davida Aronovitch, Communications Manager
t: 416.506.1553 / c: 416.460.3284
daronovitch@historica-dominion.ca