Well over 100 members participated in a lunchtime celebration and learning opportunity for Lunar New Year. Hosted on Zoom by the Society’s Coalition of Racialized Professionals (CoRP), members enjoyed learning about some of the many cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year, finding out about the zodiac animals and what tradition tells us about the year of the tiger, as well as winning prizes for answering trivia questions.
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) President Matt Biggs brought greetings from the Society’s international union and spoke about the extraordinary contributions Asian Canadians have made to the labour movement. Society President Michelle Johnston also welcomed members and highlighted the Society’s work on anti-Asian racism, particularly in light of a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.
CoRP Co-Chair and OPG Local Unit Director Leon Simeon emceed the event while OPG Local member Gordon Jeung provided they keynote presentation. Jeung included a number of members in his presentation who helped teach participants about the diversity of cultures, languages and traditions of the more than 1 billion people worldwide who celebrate Lunar New Year.
Watch the full lunch and learn: