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, 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 and Astrid, both wearing lucky red clothes.

(left to right): David Chiang CPA CA, John Borass, Geoff Wilmshurt – Camosun VP of Parnership, Sherri Bell, Cindy Choi FCPA FCGA and 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 items featured an original water colour painting by Aureleo Reyes CPA CMA Chapter chair and resident-artist.

Silent auction raised funds for awards at Camosun College

An example of the amazing prizes available. This beautiful gift basket donated by Camosun College was 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 since 2008.  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.

Carolyn Irwin (left) and Alexandra Jamieson (right). Past recipients of the CPAEF Awards at Camosun.


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; Robert Katzer CPA CGA, Shane Sexton CPA CMA, 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.”

The Chapter also thanks the following organizations for their donation of silent auction items:

Bear Mountain; Best Buy; Camosun College; Chan Choi & Company; Cheryl Newsome (RBC); CPABC; CPABC Victoria/SVI Chapter; Diversified Health; Don Mee Chinese Seafood Restaurant; Fireside Grill; KPMG; O’Dell Slinger Service; Aureleo Reyes CPA CGA; Robert Katzer CPA CGA; Sarah Slanina; and Video Tax News.

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