Tzu Chi Canada
In 1966, Dharma Master Cheng Yen established the Tzu Chi Foundation in Hualien, a remote city on the east coast of Taiwan. With the spirit of self-discipline, diligence, frugality and perseverance, Tzu Chi set out to help the poor and relieve suffering. Over time, the foundation’s mission, which started with Charity, extended into Medicine, Education and Humanistic Culture. Despite having originated from a remote region of Taiwan, Tzu Chi's presence now spans all five continents with chapters and offices in 47 countries, and having provided aid to over 69 nations.
Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Canada (aka "Tzu Chi Canada") was founded by its CEO, Mr. Gary Ho in 1992 after being inspired by Dharma Master Cheng Yen. He was determined to extend Tzu Chi’s humanitarian spirit to Canada.
Tzu Chi Canada volunteers have recorded over 7 million volunteer hours since its inception. To date, the volunteers have served at 37 senior homes and 20 food banks and shelters, donated over $3M in bursaries and scholarship programs benefitting 20,000+ students, contributed over $6M to 23 health institutions, and made over $20M in donations to international relief efforts. The charity’s volunteers span a wide variety of backgrounds from individuals that Tzu Chi Canada has helped previously to those that are successful entrepreneurs. The charity also has a strong youth volunteer group with over 200 active volunteers.
Coincident to Canada's 150th birthday, Tzu Chi Canada is celebrating its own 25th anniversary of being in Canada. As such, it wishes to feature some of its community partners in celebration of this milestone anniversary and at the same time, encourage more people to give back to the local community through a series of coordinated featured appearances by local artists who within the past 25 years, supported Tzu Chi and its charitable efforts.