Supporting Camosun College with Lunar New Year Fundraiser

Left to right: John Borass, Camosun VP Education; Sherri Bell, President Camosun College; Richard Stride, Camosun Dean of Business; and Cindy Choi FCPA FCGA.

The CPABC Victoria/SVI Chapter hosted their annual fundraising dinner and silent auction on February 22, 2018 at the iconic Don Mee Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Victoria’s historic Chinatown district.

Steve Chang (right) member of the Camosun College board with Astrid, both wearing their lucky red clothes.

Left to right: David Chiang CPA CA; John Borass; Geoff Wilmshurt, Camosun VP Partnerships; Cindy Choi FCPA FCGA with her daughter.

Over a 140 CPABC members and their guests were present among friends and colleagues to enjoy a festive banquet, bid on some amazing silent auction items, and to celebrate the start of “The Year of the Dog”.

Silent auction raised funds for scholarships at Camosun College.

An example of the amazing prizes available. This beautiful gift basket was donated by Camosun and won by Keri Norrie FCPA FCA FCGA.

Proceeds from the dinner and auction will be donated to the Camosun College Foundation and directed to the CPA Award Endowment Fund which has been supporting accounting students for over 20 years.  This year, three students received awards: Robin Stone, Steve Cowie, and Cathy McIntyre.

In addition to these awards, the CPA Education Foundation also funds three $1000 awards for Camosun accounting students with high academic standing  who have the intent to become CPAs. Two recent recipients, Carolyn Irwin and Alexandra Jamieson, attended the dinner and are pictured below.  Both Carolyn and Alexandra are now in the CPA program.

Past recipients of the CPAEF Awards and now CPA students – Carolyn Irwin and Alexandra Jamieson – under the Chinese character “double happiness”.

The CPABC supported the evening with a table comprised of special guests including CPAEF governors Bob Strachan FCPA FCMA and Keri Norrie FCPA FCA FCGA (Norrie is chair of the Camosun College Accounting and MIS division), CPA Canada board member Dan Little FCPA FCA, and CPABC board member Lindalee Brougham FCPA FCA FCGA who is also the board liaison to the chapter.

CPABC staff attending included David Chiang CPA CA, vice-president member advice & programs, Nicola McLaren CPA CA, director of professional development and Sheena Reagan, CPABC’s recruitment  officer resident in Victoria.

Nicola McLaren CPA CA, PD Director (left) with Cindy Choi FCPA FCGA (right).

Cindy Choi FCPA FCGA, a Camosun College board member, served as the evening’s emcee. Cindy was assisted by her daughter and many  individuals from the chapter, including: Aureleo Reyes CPA CMA, CPABC Victoria/SVI Chapter chair, who supported volunteers in gathering prizes and selling raffle tickets; Karen Shew CPA CGA, Ellen Slanina CPA CGA and Matt Logan CPA CGA who handled the payment processing table, all of whom contributed to this long standing event’s success.

A big thank you to all Chapter board members who volunteered their time. “Gong hay fat choy” and best wishes for a prosperous Year of the Dog.

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