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Happy New Year of the Dragon


Did you know that the Scarborough campus was established in 1964, the year of the Dragon? Forty eight years later we are delighted to have celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Dragon once again, this time as a guest along with 1,000 members of our community at the 23rd annual Dragon Ball on Saturday, January 28th, 2012.

Recognized as the largest Chinese New Year celebration of its kind in North America, Yee Hong’s annual signature gala, the Dragon Ball, treated its guests to a superb evening of wonder and amazement. Opening with a spectacular performance by a glowing water dragon, the evening was filled with exciting entertainment, a live auction and grand raffle. Proceeds from the event support critical programs and services at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, the largest not-for-profit long-term care provider in Ontario. 

Similar to the mighty Dragon, Yee Hong is a brave and exceptional leader. Their geriatric facilities use the best in Western resources and blend it with the values and traditions of Eastern culture providing a superior level of care to seniors and their families. As an educator of young people from over 150 countries, UTSC is a proud supporter of an organization that is cognizant of the needs of different cultures. Yee Hong has extended its services to non-Chinese seniors as well, those from the South Asian, Filipino and Japanese communities. We applaud Yee Hong for building a warm and culturally supportive community for seniors and their families that exceeds expectations in long term care.

UTSC is honoured to support our local community and organizations like Yee Hong. We believe the best university learning environment combines academic excellence with meaningful engagement. We have seen tremendous value in engaging our community. These relationships enhance the educational experience for our students. Internships, co-operative learning, hands-on research and volunteerism in the community are just some examples. At UTSC our energy and innovation, signature qualities of the Dragon, move us to seek creative partnerships that will advance our vision and provide students with exceptional opportunities to enhance their academic experience.

For more information on community outreach initiatives at UTSC please contact Michelle Coutinho, Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts at coutinho@utsc.utoronto.ca.     

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