With the 17th Annual “Winter Wonderland Festival” officially underway, Aspac Developments Ltd. participated once again in the “Tree Lighting Ceremony” on December 2, 2017 at Richmond City Hall. Those in attendance included MP of Steveston Richmond East Joe Peschisolido; MLA for Richmond Steveston John Yap; Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie; City Councillors Bill McNulty and Derek Dang, Vice President of Aspac Developments Ltd. Gary Wong, community leaders, Rotary members and members of the community.

Joe Peschisolido (MP), John Yap (MLA), Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Councillors, and Rotary Club Members celebrate Winter Wonderland 2017.

(From left) Past Richmond Sunset Rotary Club President Mrs. Magdalen R. Leung, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Aspac Developments Ltd. Vice President Gary Wong, and Councillor Bill McNulty commemorate the moment in front of Aspac’s ‘Merry Canada 150 Christmas’ tree.

Winter Wonderland is organized by the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club and proceeds from this year’s event will benefit various charitable programs and initiatives locally and abroad.

The tree lighting ceremony marks the start of a display of beautifully decorated trees supported by local businesses. The public can visit Richmond City Hall’s main floor area to vote for the best dressed tree until December 25, 2017.

Aspac Developments Ltd. Vice President Gary Wong (far left) joins dignitaries in the lighting of the giant City Hall Christmas Tree.

After the lighting of the giant City Hall Christmas Tree, guests were invited to join Christmas carolling accompanied by Mayor Brodie on the piano.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie plays the piano as guests carol together with Tom Lee Academy and Steinway Society Young Artist Club.

As part of giving back to the community, Aspac Developments Ltd. has been the Event Sponsor of this community event for the ninth consecutive year. “Aspac is proud to take part in the festivities as the funds go towards helping different charitable organizations both locally and abroad. We are supporting the Rotary event with $10,000 and hope that other businesses will join in and give generously over the holiday season,” says Gary Wong, Vice President of Aspac Developments Ltd.

Gary Wong, Vice President of Aspac Developments Ltd., presents a $10,000 cheque to the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club, represented by Magdalen, past Richmond Sunset Rotary Club President.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Aspac Developments presents the “Merry Canada 150 Christmas” tree that features symbols of all of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories as an interactive way to learn about the country we call home. Spectators will be able to see and learn about the official animal, flower and flag of each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.

Close up of Aspac’s “Merry Canada 150 Christmas” tree decorated in collaboration with Choice Communications Canada.

In keeping with the “charity within charity” tradition, this year, Aspac Developments will give back to the community in an educational manner that supports local elementary school libraries and promotes reading among youth. Through their donation of brand new Canadian books to elementary schools in Richmond Centre, each elementary school library will carry books dedicated to Canada and its 150th birthday. As the population at Richmond public schools is diverse, this will provide a fun and educational way for elementary school students to learn about Canada.

Aspac donates a number of illustrated educational Canadian books to various elementary schools in Richmond.

Aspac Developments’ “Merry Canada 150 Christmas” tree (#30) at Winter Wonderland 2017, located in Richmond City Hall.

Aspac Developments Ltd. is a Vancouver-based real estate developer that brings international vision in building world-class communities and has been creating lasting legacies since 1993.