On November 25, 2007, with over 100 people in attendance, Head Tax Families Society of Canada held it's first Annual General Meeting at SUCCESS in Vancouver, BC. In the audience were many friends of our Head Tax campaign, including
Ms. Margaret Mitchell, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Vancouver East from 1979 until 1993,
Mr. Shane Simpson, NDP, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings,
Mr. Victor Wong, Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC), Executive Director and
Ms. Wendy Yuan, Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway.
Ms. Margaret Mitchell was presented with a honourary membership for her contribution of over 20 years in seeking an inclusive redress. In her speech, Ms. Mitchell mentioned how the Chinese Exclusion Act separated families and that the current apology is "not fair to families and needs to recognize children and grandchildren".
A new board of directors was elected:
Mary Chan (Secretary)
Cheuk Yin Cheng
Lily Lee (Treasurer)
Ron Mah (Fifth Officer)
Grace Schenkeveld (Vice-President)
Sid Chow Tan (President)
The Society would like to thank past interim directors
Daniel Lee (secretary),
Lillian Lim, and
for all their support and hard work.
The new executive will continue seeking a meaningful and inclusive redress for our members, particularly the elderly sons and daughter of Head Tax payers who were directly affected by 62-years of racist legislation in Canada