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Awards and Accreditation


In October 2016, all four Yee Hong Centres and Social Services received Accreditation with Exemplary Standing for 2016-2020 - the highest honour and recognition awarded by Accreditation Canada for an organization's commitment to Quality and Excellence. This is the seventh consecutive time that the Yee Hong Centre has received full accreditation since it began operation in 1994.

At the Health Quality Ontario (HQO) annual conference on November 21, 2013, the Yee Hong Centre was among a team of seven organizations in the Mississauga Halton LHIN which received the inaugural Ministerís Medal for the team award honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety in delivering the Support for Daily Living Program. The program provides community resources to seniors discharged from the hospital so they can recover at home rather than a long-term care facility.

The Mississauga Centre received the Residents First Improvement Award in 2011 from HQO.

In addition, the Scarborough Finch Centre was a successful early adopter of the Ontario Behavioural Support Program in 2011-2012.


Individual Awards


Dr. Joseph Wong – Scarborough Walk of Fame 2006
To celebrate Dr. Joseph Wong's activism, leadership and accomplishments on the local, national and international stage, Yee Hong's founder got his very own star on the Scarborough Walk of Fame.

The inaugural celebrations on May 17, 2006 unveiled 10 stars including internationally renowned scientist Dr. Charles C. Macklin, NBA star Jamaal Magloire, Olympic gold-medalist hockey player Vicky Sunohara and several other outstanding people who have done great things for our community and abroad. The “stars” are a permanent installation at the Scarborough Town Centre.

Florence Wong – International Women's Day Award 2008
Florence Wong, retired CEO of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, was one of the two civilians who received the inaugural 2008 International Women's Day Award presented by the Toronto Police Service. This prestigious award honours women who have demonstrated their strength and leadership by making significant contributions to the community.

Described by the Toronto Police Service as “a pillar in the Chinese community”, Florence is known for her dedication to ensuring Chinese and South Asian seniors' access to culturally and linguistically sensitive services. At the same time, as an employer, she raised women's status through innovation, training and fair employment. Her determination and perseverance has gained Yee Hong worldwide recognition and set the golden standard for all geriatric care in Ontario.

Florence was the recipient of the YWCA 2006 Woman of Distinction Award for health and well-being. She also received the honour of the Toronto Chinese Canadian Legend of Canada by Asian Business Network Association in 2003, the Administrator of the Year Award in 2000 and the Medal Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Canada in 1992.

Ben Sennik – Lifetime Achievement Award 2006
The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, representing 1,000 business and professional members across Canada, honoured Ben Sennik, member of our Foundation Board of Directors, with the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 10, 2006. Among other achievements, Mr. Sennik was instrumental in helping establish the South Asian wing at the Yee Hong Ho Lai Oi Wan Centre.

Amy Go – Woman of Distinction Award 2009
Amy Go, Executive Director of the Yee Hong Ho Lai Oi Wan Centre in Markham, received the 2009 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Access and Opportunity, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improving the lives of women in the community.

For years, Amy has worked tirelessly to advocate for women's rights and assist new immigrants to integrate into the Canadian workplace. Her outstanding contributions include co-founding and serving as Chair of CARE (Creating Access to Regulated Employment), an organization that has helped over 700 internationally educated nurses from over 70 countries to get licensed and find employment in Ontario. At Yee Hong, Amy spearheaded a Registered Practical Nurse training program with Georgian College to help unlicensed frontline health care workers attain better qualifications. She also initiated a Personal Support Worker training program with the York Region School Board, which provides opportunities for immigrants to start a career in Canada.

Amy also received the Immigrant Success 2006 Individual Award for her significant contribution to the integration of skilled immigrants into the Toronto workplace.

Mabel Ho – Excellence in Field Education Award 2014
Mabel Ho, MSW, RSW, Senior Coordinator, Day Program of Yee Hong Social Services, received the 2014 Excellence in Field Education Silver Award. The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2014. With over 500 field instructors in 2013-2014, the Faculty established the Excellence in Field Education Awards to recognize the excellence in field education this year. Nominations were received from field instructors, education coordinators, faculty-field liaisons, field educators, faculty and students. Based on established criteria that include providing opportunities for students, facilitating a culture of education and contributing to the development of new initiatives, the Review Committee, comprised of Practicum Office staff, faculty, field educators and students, selected 8 recipients of the Excellence in Field Education Awards.



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