2008 was a fantastic year for Todd Wong aka Toddish McWong

How do you top being given a BC Community Achievement Award from BC’s premier?

Maybe being voted one of BC’s 150 most interesting people for the Royal BC Museum’s display “The Party” celebrating BC’s 150 year history.

2008 was an amazing year for me personally.  Not only was the 2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner a big success, but there were also wonderful events for Historic Joy Kogawa House, the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team, Tartan Day proclamation, and many other personal achievements… not the least winning the “Battle of the Bards” as Robbie Burns.


In April, I received the BC Community Achievement Award from BC Premier Gordon Campbell and Lt. Governor Steven Point – photo Deb Martin

Gung Haggis dragon boat team team hits the water with a Global TV cameraman filming them to celebrate BC’s cultural diversity

Vancouver Courier: Wong enjoys CelticFest’s kilty pleasures

Todd Wong named BC Community Achievement Award recipient for 2008

March 13

Toddish McWong’s “Robert Burns” wins Battle of the Bards at Celtic Fest

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March 16

Gung Haggis Fat Choy puts a dragon (not a snake) in the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

March 17

Vancouver Sun: The next celebration – Toddish McWong helps to spread the word about Tartan Day

Check out the Vancouver Sun article.
The next celebration: Wearing the tartan

North Shore News: Three North Shore residents recognized with BC Community Achievement Awards

Three recognized with awards

Province recognizes contributions to community

Tartan Day (April 6) proclaimed in City of Vancouver, April 3

Day proclaimed! standing l-r:  Tim Stevenson – city councilor, Darryl
Carracher – Scottish Cultural Centre, Heather Deal – city councilor,
Allan McMordie – JP Fell Pipe Band, BC Lee – city councilor, George
Chow – city councilor, Todd Wong – Gung Haggis Fat Choy, Kim Capri –
city councilor with Mayor Sam Sullivan.  Photo courtesy of Sven
Buemann  City of Vancouver

A Tartan  Day dragon boat paddle practice… with bagpiper and proclamation reading

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Michael Brophy holds Scottish flag, Todd Wong, Deputy Mayor Raymond Louie, bagpiper Joe McDonald – photo Georgia Thorburn

April 11

Joy Kogawa reads “Naomi’s Tree” at Vancouver Kidsbooks

Without the initial vision and
heroic labor of Anton Wagner and Chris Kurata in Toronto and
Ann-Marie Metten and Todd Wong in Vancouver, the house and tree would not have been saved.

Joy and Todd

Joy Kogawa signs her newest book “Naomi’s Road” for Todd Wong – president of the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society – photo Deb Martin

I am one of 45 recipients of the BC Community Achievement Award for 2008

2008 recipients group photo
45 of BC’s most dedicated citizens stand with Premier Gordon Campbell and
Lt. Gov. Stephen Point, and BC Achievement Foundation Chair Keith
Mitchell, following the ceremonies. I can be spotted wearing my cream
jacket directly behind Premier Campbell.  I am standing between my
Vancouver arts community friends Naomi Singer on my left, and Savannah
Walling on my right,T
erry Hunter is immediately behind Savannah.  Also on my left is fellow kilt wearer Gordon Barrett in his Irish Pipes and Drums uniform – too bad you can’t see our kilts.

BC Community Achievement Awards 2008


It’s a nice photo of Joy, and the photo credit is attributed to Todd Wong.  Cool!

MAY issue of Canadian Immigrant features a short interview with me about my views on Asian Heritage Month.

Gung Haggis dragon boat team wins Team Spirit award at Lotus Sports Club dragon boat regatta

2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team: Lotus Sports Bill Alley Dragon Boat Regatta edition:
back row: Gerard, Martin, Alissa, Steve, Jim, Stephen, Steven, Devon, Raphael, Dan, Todd, Gerry and Jonas.
front row: Joe, Paulette, Tzhe, Leanne, Joannae, Cindy, Marion, Debbie, Dave, Keng, Colleen, Wendy and Tony.

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