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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Connects with Vancouverites

VANCOUVER, BC—The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will hold its Annual Public Meeting (APM) in Vancouver this year on Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at CBC Vancouver, Studio 700 at 700 Hamilton Street. All are welcome.

The national museum’s physical home is on the Halifax waterfront at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. However, the Museum’s reach extends well beyond its four walls to collect, share and pay tribute to the Canadian immigration story, past to present day.

“As someone with a personal immigration story, the importance of preserving and sharing the stories of immigrants to Canada is close to my heart,” said Tung Chan, Museum Chairperson and Vancouver resident. “Immigration has immeasurably shaped our country and its influences are at the very core of our identity as Canadians. In my mind, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is the place that allows all Canadians to connect with this significant part of our collective history. Sharing the stories of the many individuals who have chosen Canada as their home—our ancestors and our neighbours—means the Museum is relevant to all Canadians.”

“Connecting with Canadians in communities across Canada and inviting people to share their personal immigration stories with us creates conversations,” said Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. “These conversations are integral in enhancing public understanding of the vital role immigration has played in building our nation. By Hosting our APM in Vancouver, we are opening up a dialogue with our friends and supporters on the west coast, who may not have the opportunity to visit us onsite.”

The APM will provide the public with the opportunity to hear about the past year’s highlights and learn about some of the Museum’s exciting future plans. Attendees will learn how they can get involved with the Museum and how they can share their immigration story. The APM will also provide the chance to meet and speak with some of the Museum’s employees and board members. The continued support of Museum donors over the past year will also be celebrated.

For more information about the Museum and its programming, visit www.pier21.ca.

This event is open to media personnel. Please register your participation in advance.

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About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canada has been profoundly shaped by immigration. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 aims to inspire and enable Canadians to explore their relationships with those migrations. We envision opening that conversation on a national scale. As part of this conversation, we are eager to hear from anyone with a story related to Canadian immigration.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Reaching beyond the Pier 21 years and location, the Museum aims to share the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

About Tung Chan, Chairperson

Tung Chan is Chairperson of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Board of Trustees. He is currently an Honourary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy and former Chief Executive Officer of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a group of registered charities dedicated to promoting the well-being of all Canadians and immigrants. Mr. Chan emigrated from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1974 and four years later started his 28-year career at TD Bank. Mr. Chan is very active in his community and has been involved on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis, the BC Premier’s Chinese Community Advisory Committee, the Vancouver Foundation and the Richmond Public Library. In 2002 and 2012, Mr. Chan was respectively awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of his contribution to the community.