A Heart Warming Night with UT Students
As part of our collaboration with the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Fu Hui hosted a dinner on January 13th & 20th to meet with our sponsored students and faculty members. Among the attendees are first and second year students from different parts of Canada who were in Toronto for their intensive study week attending classes on site.
These students located across Canada travel to Toronto once per semester where they can interact with fellow classmates, enhance theoretical knowledge and attend face-to-face seminars. Meeting with the students and learning about their individual stories were insightful and heart warming. Opening speeches commenced with the students expressing their gratitude towards Fu Hui followed by speeches from Dean Dexter Voisin, Fu Hui’s Chair Stanley Kwan, President Judy San and CEO Wing-Sze Lee on respective night of attendance. Ms. Lee highlighted some of our on-going work in China giving the students a deeper understanding of Fu Hui’s 15 years of efforts in enhancing and enriching education offerings to underprivileged students in China.
The students, some of whom are teachers, parents, and social workers all have overcome major life obstacles. Some of the students are the first in their respective family to receive a post-secondary degree and now are pursuing their post graduate degrees. One of the first year students has overcome his learning disability and went back to school at the age of 35 to complete his grade 12 diploma followed by completion of his bachelor degree. Another second year student hopes to use her academic knowledge to help the North and her community that have been impacted by inter-generational trauma.
In Dean Dexter Voisin’s speech he is pleased that we could meet in person to celebrate our joint commitment. He is grateful that Fu Hui is contributing significant attention and effort to the Indigenous people of Canada. He said that Fu Hui represents the heart of a social worker, the foresight of a visionary and the expressed compassion of our humanity.
Both nights ended early as students had classes early the next morning as they have a busy week ahead of them. We cannot wait to attend their graduations and witness the students celebrate with their loved ones.