Ivy C.A.R.E.S. for her community and takes effective action consistently, not just during election times.
Ivy has a passion for listening to and supporting the viewpoints of residents and business people, and bringing communities together. She has demonstrated leadership, integrity, and dedication throughout her three decades of community involvement.
Her commitment to community service and political activities began in the 1980s, motivated by her appreciation for all that Canada has to offer. She ran for City of Markham Ward Councillor in 2006, 2010 and 2018, and Regional Councillor in 2014. During these campaigns, her conversations with many residents deepened her understanding of and commitment to voicing their concerns within government. To accomplish their priorities, she developed her C.A.R.E.S. Campaign.
Ivy Lee was born in Malaysia and spent her teens in Singapore, where she began working in the dressmaking industry. Within a remarkable sixteen years, she surpassed all traditional expectations, establishing her Dress Making Institute. In pursuit of educational opportunities, Ivy immigrated to Canada in 1979. After graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1986, she moved to the City of Markham, where she raised her family and opened a Professional Therapeutic Massage Clinic, providing services for pain management.
Ivy’s dedication to the community has taken many forms.
She has sponsored a variety of charitable organizations and multicultural communities. She has provided much needed support to the most vulnerable people, in working with the organizations Ontario Senior and Senior, and Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. She was vice-president of publication for the York Region Parents’ Association.
Awards presented to Ivy:
2006: Outstanding Asian Canadian Community Award, from the Asian Canadian Multicultural Council of Ontario.
Outstanding Contribution Award for her dedication to the Trade and Investment Services Alliance Network, as director, treasurer, public relations and event manager from 2008 to 2012.
Highlights of Ivy’s business achievements:
- 1993: launched the bilingual Modesty Magazine, the longest surviving Chinese magazine in Canada, which also was an exclusive inflight magazine of Cathay Pacific Airline.
- 2005: elected Chairperson of the World Association of Chinese Mass Media; organized many global media related conferences in Canada and abroad.
- Co-founded the Malaysian Association of Canada and fostered community and government relations initiatives.
- 2011: co-founded the Education International for the Disadvantaged, serving as secretary and vice-president, raising funds for disaster-prone areas, and donating money and school supplies to people in Haiti & China.
- 2016: invited by the Chinese government to represent Canada at the Fuzhou High Tech Conference. Began promoting investment in Markham businesses and co-operative ventures between the City of Markham and the Chinese government.
- 2017: invited by Hong Kong Trade Development Council to attend the One Belt and One Road Summit; played a significant role in expanding a Markham based technology company into China.