Londoners Honoured with Presentation of Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award


LONDON – As Canadians celebrate Asian Heritage month, two members of London’s Chinese-Canadian community received a special honour as MP Irene Mathyssen (NDP, London-Fanshawe) presented them with the Governor-General’s “Caring Canadian Award”.

Created in 1995, the Governor-General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals for volunteering their time to help build a smarter and more caring Canada. In consultation with the Chinese Canadian National Council’s London chapter, Mathyssen submitted nominations for Lucia Wong and Susanne Quan for this special recognition.

After retiring from the Thames Valley School Board, Susanne Quan continued  to contribute to the community with her focus on children and the importance for young people to have an opportunity to learn about their heritage. She served a term as the Principal at the London Chinese School and then dedicated many more years volunteering with parents advisory councils and on community projects with a special emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. Susanne continues to volunteer time in the community with a special focus on connecting seniors and youth to share in community together.

Lucia Wong was a long-time employee of the London Inter-community Health Centre and volunteered countless hours at the Centre outside of her work day, providing translation assistance to those who needed it.  Using her talents as a singer and dancer, Lucia has been a master of ceremonies and entertainer at numerous community charity fundraisers. She continues to be involved in organizing seniors outings and makes regular visits to nursing homes to bring traditional meals and a smile to seniors who are alone.

Both women have been dedicated volunteers for more than 30 years and have served terms on the local Board of Directors for the Chinese Canadian National Council in addition to their other volunteer efforts.

“There are thousands of Londoners who make a difference everyday volunteering. They are the real heroes of the community. Being able to nominate and recognize two exceptional women with more than 60 years of volunteering between them,” said Mathyssen. “It is a pleasure to, on behalf of Governor-General David Johnston, to present these awards in the community these dedicated women who have served so long and so well”.