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June 17, 2023 Hong Kong Joint Universities (HKJU) Networking for Newcomers

HKJU is organizing a networking event for newcomers, we welcome all newcomers (and their newcomer friends) of the 9 HKJU members to join the event.

This event provides a platform to extend and expand personal networks for newcomers to exchange information among themselves on various topics that newcomers are interested in when settling in Ontario.

Date: June 17, Saturday
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Mitchell Field Community Centre, Room 121
Address: 89 Church Ave, North York
Fee: $0 (free)
Light refreshments will be served.


Enquires: WhatsApp your questions to:
Baptist U: +1-437-988-7758
Chu Hai: +1-647-282-8567
HKU: +1-647-982-7920
PolyU: +1-416-617-8308
Shue Yan: +1-426-230-0662
Others: +1-416-617-8308

June 9, 2023 Photography Talk – “Photography – A Love Affair with Life” by Stephen Siu 

There are many ways to capture the world with our camera, but sometimes we might just need a little inspiration and imagination to add more creativity and originality to our photographs.

Every photograph can be a story, an ever-lasting memory, or “a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” We take pictures so that one day we can relive the fond memories of our life.

How to take good photographs? How to tell a story through our photographs? How to make a photograph touch its viewers?  Are there rules for good photographs?

Stephen Siu, Chair of Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, and a close friend of the Joint-U, is to tell us his life-long journey of learning photography, from using camera equipment to simple photo editing. He’ll touch on photographic concepts, fundamentals, and genres, hoping to enhance our skills and help us unlock our creativity on our photographic journey.

Talk: Photography – A Love Affair with Life” by Stephen Siu

Date:               Friday, June 9, 2023

Time:              7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Venue:           Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto

                       5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1B 5Z5

Please register using the online registration form before June 6 (Tuesday) if you are interested

The seminar will be in hybrid format, i.e. both live audience and online.  Live audience is encouraged because there will be opportunity for close interaction with the speaker and other photography experts. We expect a good turn out of live audience. Please register early.

A zoom link to the photography seminar will be send to all registered online audience a couple of days before the actual date. Light refreshment will be provided. The seminar is open to both HKUAAO and HKJU alumni

For enquiries please contact Tim Cheng  tacheng0202@gmail.com  

Or Margaret Law  margaret.law@newhorizonlionsclub.org 

Or Pheonix Doong  pheonixdoong@gmail.com

About the speaker: Stephen SIU

By profession, Stephen is not a photographer, but photography has accompanied him in every of his career endeavours, as a journalist, magazine editor, and someone who ran cultural activities, and steered promotions for the Hong Kong Government’s office in Canada. He is currently the President Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation.

Stephen has chaired and adjudicated many photo exhibitions, and was one of the founders of the Chinese YMCA Photo Club in Hong Kong. He is now Chair of the Canadian Chinese Photographic Society.

He has spoken about photography in many different occasions, including his most recent presentation – “Capturing the Moment and Beyond – Haiku Photography” at the opening of the 2023 Asian Heritage Month at the University of Toronto.

He was also the organizer of a touring exhibition featuring Hong Kong photographer Kelvin Yuen, winner of International Landscape Photographer, in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto, in 2022.
To him, photograph is more than the comprehension of the beauty bestowed upon us. It is an exploration of the meaning of our existence. Through the camera lens, you unfold stories, you see the world and people’s real faces…….”

Message from the HKUAAO President, Margaret Law


When the New Year starts, everything is refreshed and revitalized

一年伊始, 萬象更新

Let me start by wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year.

2023 marks the Year of the Rabbit in the Lunar Chinese Calendar. Rabbit is a symbol of fortune, health, energy, fertility and gentleness.

I would like to share with you my New Year Resolution inspired by the characteristics and traits of a rabbit.

To have long ears like a rabbit to enable us to hear from near and far; to be empathetic and compassionate to others’ needs;  

To have red eyes , not from working overnight, but from opening our eyes wide  to see what is happening in the world ;

To have good health , energy and quickness in response. Quoted : Moving like a running rabbit “動若脱兔”

Maybe it is not a bad idea to adopt a vegetarian diet like that of a rabbit’s.

Last but not least, I would like to conclude with the idiom” a rabbit crossing your path” . I sincerely wish that you all see this rabbit crossing your path bringing you good luck and a positive change in your lives.

HKUAAO is here to serve, facilitate and communicate with our alumni in Ontario.    

News Updates

1.    As of 2023 January, we will be accepting membership fees via email transfer now. A fillable membership registration form can be found online at the following site:  http://www.alumni.hku.hk/hkuaaont/about-us/membership

2.    Regarding our Newcomers Support Program, there are over 100 HKU alumni newly migrated to Canada who joined our Newcomers Support Program. We need more HKUAAO supporters to help facilitate the program. Please visit https://www.alumni.hku.hk/hkuaaont/support-hku-alumni-to-ontario for more information.

3.    The following interest groups are currently running their own activities and all members will be welcome to join. Please visit https://www.alumni.hku.hk/hkuaaont/upcoming-events/interest-group-activites for more details.

a.    Badminton

b.    Bird watching Group

c.    Hiking Group

d.    Karaoke Group

e.    Table Tennis Group

If you have any questions regarding the above groups, please contact our board of directors. Thank you.

Recap of a recent activity related to HKU alumni

On January 2nd, a group of about 30 HKU alumni who are table tennis fans organized a table tennis get together at My Table Tennis Club at Mississauga. Our executives Lilian Ma, Frankie Cheng, Hilton Lok and myself were happy to join them. 

November 18, 2022 HKUAAO Annual General Meeting & Dinner

After an absence of over 3 years, we are pleased to announce that we will have an in-person AGM and dinner once again, with details as follows:

Date: November 18, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. AGM; 6.30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Venue: Lobster Port Chinese Restaurant
8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill, ON L3T 7M6, Tel: 905-597-8508
Cost: $70 per adult, $40 for mentee and child under 12.
Deadline: November 8, 2022 (Tuesday)
Registration is now closed.

For additional information, please contact:
Tim Cheng 416-270-9830; tacheng0202@gmail.com, or,
Romeo Au 416-529-3361; romeoyhau@gmail.com, or,
Augustine Chan at 416-930-3666; augustinetoronto@hotmail.com

We will elect the new board of directors and executive committee members for 2022 – 2033 at the A.G.M.
We need new blood for the Board and all members are encouraged to nominate and be nominated for the Board for the coming year.
This is an opportunity to network with old and new friends, HKU exchange students, and to have a fun evening.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Hong Kong University Alumni Association of Ontario will be held on Friday, the 18th day of November, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lobster Port Chinese Restaurant, 8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill, ON L3T 7M6, with the following business to be transacted:-
To receive and consider the Annual Report for 2021 -2022;
To receive and consider the Treasurer’s Report;
To elect directors and members of the Executive Committee of the Association for the year 2022/2023;
To transact any other business.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any regular member in good standing shall be entitled to nominate another regular member in good standing to the Board of Directors and to be elected to the Board and to cast vote. Any such nomination should be emailed to the Association at: hkuaaont@hku.hk

By the order of the Board of Directors
Agnes Man, Secretary, October 6, 2022

November 12, 2022 Hong Kong Joint Universities Alumni (Ontario) Banquet

(Please note that HKUAAO AGM dinner is another event, for more information, please click here)

Finally Hong Kong Joint Universities Alumni (Ontario) HKJU will organize a banquet after 3 years (our last banquet was on Oct 6, 2019). We all understand the COVID19 is not over yet, however, it is in a ‘stable’ condition and we all take high alert to protect ourselves and others. Therefore HKJU committee considers it’s time for us to meet again.  

2022 HKJU 校友歲末聚餐  

Date: Saturday Nov. 12, 2022 

Venue: 黃金閣鮑翅海鮮酒家Golden Court Abalone Restaurant 

270 West Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Y9 

Cost: $55.00 

Reception: 6:00 p.m. 

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. 

Registration Closed: Wednesday Nov 2, 2022 

Please register through augustinetoronto@hotmail.com 416-930-3666 or romeoyhau@hotmail.com 416-529-3361 

Each alumni association will be responsible 1 performance item in any format, we appeal here to those who are interested and please contact me in the above email or mobile phone. 

We look forward to seeing you all to share our experience in the last three years. 

Stay safe, happy and healthy.