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Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong

Family Physician, Founder of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care

Dr. Joseph Wong (C.M., M.D., D.Sc.) came to Canada in 1968 from Hong Kong and enrolled at Montreal’s McGill University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.  He went to New York to study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and opened his family practice in Toronto in 1982 after finishing his post-doctoral training at the University of Toronto teaching hospitals from 1976 to 1981. 

Dr. Wong has been known as a fighter for social justice since 1979 when he started his 36 years of volunteering.  Moved by the plight of the Vietnamese Boat People in this year, he set up an organization to help the refugees get settled in Metro Toronto.  In the same year, he led the Chinese Canadian community protesting against a CTV program that discriminately portrayed Canadian students of Chinese descent as foreigners who took university places away from Canadians. He founded Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in 1987, which provides culturally appropriate services to thousands of seniors of Chinese descent and other minority ethnic groups.  Yee Hong is accredited as the world’s largest non-profit geriatric care centre with centers located in Toronto and its vicinities, serving over 4,000 seniors every day.

 He was named Toronto Star Man of the Year in 1986; received an Hon. D.Sc. Degree from University of Toronto in 1992, Order of Canada in 1993, Korean Canadian Heritage Award in 1998, Scarborough Walk of Fame in 2006, and the Power of Humanity Award from the Canadian Red Cross in 2005, co-presented to him by then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, and the former President of Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Our Next Government Needs to Step Up Support for Long-Term Care

So what are the choices for those with elderly parents? Having adult children stepped up to their responsibility to take care of the seniors at home thereby sacrificing their career, hopes and dreams, or neglecting the seniors with inadequate care compounding the physical and mental suffering of those who cared for us when we were unable to take care of ourselves? Neither choice is acceptable. We are proposing an innovative way to find a solution to this problem.
10/05/2015 08:54 EDT