多 倫 多 澳 門 會
Macao Club (Toronto) Inc.
在上世紀七十，八十年代，澳門移民逐漸移居加拿大.為了給那些來自澳門抵達多倫多的移民建立一個聯誼平台，並提供幫助新移民盡早適應加拿大的生活，1993 年在章明先生作為創會會長的帶領下，多倫多澳門會在安大略省成功註冊為一個非牟利機構，同期開始籌集會所經費，通過舉辦粵劇曲藝演唱會”龍躍多城梨園夜” 以及由何厚鏵先生，崔樂其先生，陳少雄先生，張偉智先生的慷慨解囊贊助，籌集到部分經費. 1995 年至1998 年期間，在何鴻燊先生的穿針引線下由東方基金會提供一個會址給多倫多澳門會使用，與此同時，何厚鏵先生為紀念父親而捐贈了何賢紀念圖書館.終於多倫多澳門會在1998 年正式在4168 Finch Ave East PH52-56,Scarborough, Ontario 正式開幕.
2008年CCM 開始創辦澳門土生葡人青年社群聚會，這次聚會澳門會派出符合資格的青年會員參加，通過為期一周的澳門文化之旅，讓年輕的會員見證了澳門的發展，讓他們對父母的出生地更加了解尊重敬仰.2009 年在多倫多舉辦了澳門回歸祖國的10 週年慶典活動.2011 年有幸派出代表返回澳門參與澳門歸僑總會舉辦的紀念辛亥革命100 週年的紀念活動.在此期間，在多倫多也盛情接待澳門歸僑總會的代表團，加強了兩個團體的緊密聯繫.
所得的款項將全數捐贈給病童醫院基金會.自2014年開始，由澳門基金會支持，澳門會主辦一年一度的「澳門節」，旨在宣傳澳門文化美食，激發青少年們對了解澳門發展的興趣.2015-2016年連續兩年帶領多倫多的多個商業團隊參加澳門國際貿易投資交易會. 2016年與澳門歸僑總會簽署締結友好社團協議. 在蛻變過程中，澳門會從多倫多一個小型的聯誼團體蛻變成一隻美麗的蝴蝶，通過不留遺力的堅持努力，作出了讓多倫多各界有目共賭的社會貢獻. 2016年召開全体會員大會，一致通過修改會章及更改中文名稱由多倫多澳門聯誼會正式改名為多倫多澳門會.
Macao Club (Toronto) Inc. has a fourfold mission.
First,the group exists to assist immigrants from Macao to settle in their new life in Canada.
Second, the organization serves as a means to provide a platform for these immigrants to netwrok and build community amongst others who share their same story with moving to a new country.
Third, as these immigrants settle and expand their family, this club strives to expose the next generation
not only to the culture of Macao but also to stir-up zeal in promoting this wonderful city.
Lastly, this association aims to bridge the relationship between Macao and Canada as a means of
fostering international business, tourism,as well as overseas education.
1993 – 1998 Early Beginnings
With an influx of Macao people immigrants moving to Canada during the 1970’s and 80’s, in 1993, Macao Club was established as a registered non-profit organization in Ontario under the leadership of Michael Cheung to build community and provide services for those who call Toronto home. In 1994, Edmund Ho, Roque Choi, Johnny Siu Hung Chan, and José Vai Chi Cheong contributed generously towards Macao Club to cover initial costs of starting an organization. In 1996, Macao Club began intentionally to raise money through the Chinese Operatic for Macao Club for a clubhouse to mark its place in the city of Toronto. Between the years of 1995 to 1998, Stanley Ho connected Macao Club with Fundação Oriente to reach an agreement in providing a clubhouse located on 4168 Finch Ave. East PH52-56, Scarborough, Ontario. In this clubhouse, Edmund Ho donated money to create the Ho Yin
Memorial Library in memory of his father.
1998 – 2003 Garnering International Recognition
As Macao’s identity shifts from being a Portuguese colony to being under the Republic of China’s sovereignty, Macao Club also reflects these changes at the local and international level. On December 20, 1999, when Macao returned to China, Macao Club brought a group of representatives to Macao to enjoy celebratory festivities. During that time, Michael Cheung, who was president of
Macao Club, built ties between Macao Club and the Macao government, which helped set establish a firm foundation for Macao Club. In 1999, Macao Club participated in the first of many Encontro das Comunidades Macaenses, an event organized by
Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses (CCM). CCM is an international organization that conglomerates all the “Casa de Macao"
from around the world every three years for Encontro das Comunidades Macaenses. At the local level in Toronto, social activities in Macao Club grew to include interest classes, monthly birthday celebration, annual one-day trip, and a Chinese orchestral
performance group. In addition, Macao Club began annually to nominate qualified member’s children studying in postsecondary
education for a financial scholarship by Fundação Oriente.
2003 – 2008 Building Relationship and Reputation
A momentous occasion was when Macao Club received the SAR district flag from Edmund Ho, who was at that time the Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It was a special privilege for Macao Club to be bestowed upon such a precious gift. Macao Club was invited to participate as an honoured guest in Macao’s international East Asia Sports events. In addition, Macao Club provided hospitality to Macao Dragon Boat Team who travelled far and wide to participate in Toronto Dragon Boat Race.
2008 – 2013 Strengthening Ties with Macao
In 2008, CCM inaugurated a youth division of Encontro in their triennial meeting. This opportunity allowed Macao Club’s qualified member’s children to go on a weeklong trip not only to immerse in the culture of Macao but also to observe the developments of the city. The goal of Encontro sought to create through this event was for youths to be exposed to their parent’s upbringing. In 2009, Macao Club commemorated 10 years of Macao’s return to China through many parties and festivities in Toronto. Moreover in 2011, Macao Club had the honour and privilege to send representatives to attend the memorial service celebrating 100 years after the Xinhai Revolution, which marked the end of China’s imperial rule and the beginning of the early republican era.
2013 – 2018 Philanthropically Contributing to the Community
In 2013, Macao Club celebrated 20 years of establishment in Toronto by inaugurating, “Macao Night – Experience Macao,” which is hosted in partnership with Macau Government Tourism Office. This annual evening ball allows people to experience food, culture, and tourism of Macao. Macao Club is not only a place for Macao people to find community, the club also gives back to the local
community. From 2014, Macao Club helped SickKids Foundation fundraise through telethon and events, such as Glitter, and Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk. Moreover, Macao Club hosted “Macao Art” in Macao and Toronto to showcase artwork representing the relationship between Macao and Canada. All of the proceeds earned from auctioning these artworks went towards SickKids Foundation. Since 2014, Macao Foundation contributes yearly to Macao Club’s annual event, “Macao Fun Fair,” which is geared towards sparking youths with an interest in Macao. In 2015 and 2016, Macao Club connected with local business partners in the Toronto area to participate in Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF). In 2016, a formal agreement
between Macao Club and the Association of Returned Overseas Chinese Macau was established. Also, in Macao Club’s 2016 AGM, current by-laws were written.