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Director General Jin-Ling Chen Visits Oxford County

The visit is not only to strengthen Taiwan-Canada relations, but also to send an advance notification for a series of activities to celebrate the 150-year history of the Taiwan-Canada friendship.

OXFORD COUNTY - The County of Oxford welcomed a special visitor to town this week. 

Director General Jin-Ling Chen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto visited the county on Wednesday. She met with Oxford County Warden Larry Martin and several other mayors. The visit is not only to strengthen Taiwan-Canada relations, but also to send an advance notification for a series of activities to celebrate the 150-year history of the Taiwan-Canada friendship.

Chen was able to visit the Village of Embro, which is also  Rev. George Leslie Mackay’s hometown in Canada. He was the first foreign missionary to be commissioned by the Canada Presbyterian Church to Taiwan in 1871. During the 30 years in Taiwan, aside from 60 chapels, Rev. Mackay also founded the first western hospital and several schools. His dedicated contribution to Taiwan has won him the affection, respect and gratitude from the Taiwanese people who called him the “son in law of Taiwan." He is also one of the best-known and respected foreigners in Taiwan.

Director General Chen was then invited to lunch with Warden Martin, Deputy Warden Ted Comiskey and a number of mayors and county councillors. Warden Martin welcomed Director General Chen on her first visit to the county since she assumed duty in Toronto in July this year. DG Chen talked about the shared values of democracy and freedom linking Taiwan and Canada together, and Rev Mackay’s legacy has made this link with profound and historic meaning.

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