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Richmond's Michael Chiu honoured with BC Community Achievement Award

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Richmond's Michael Chu accepts his BC Community Achievement Award from Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and Lieutenant Governor Steven Point at Government House in Victoria.
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Richmond's Michael Chiu is among 36 British Columbians recently honoured with a BC Community Achievement Award.

Chiu is president of Mar-Con Wire Belt Inc., a Richmond-based manufacturer of metal conveyor belt systems. He's also tirelessly dedicated to his community.

Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, presented each recipient with an award medallion and certificate at an April 25 ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.

Chong said strong communities start with people like Chiu, who go above and beyond to change the lives of others and make B.C. a better place to live.

"These individuals exemplify inspired leadership and stand as an example to others of what it means to be passionate, dedicated and community-oriented. It is an honour for me to recognize their achievements," she said in a news release.

For over 30 years, Chiu has volunteered his time to various community organizations and events.

He serves on boards of Volunteer Richmond Information Services, Richmond Chinese Community Society, Richmond Community Foundation, Tourism Richmond and Strathcona Employment Assistance Services.

Chiu, who speaks three languages—English, Hindi and Cantonese—is also a founding member of the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club.

Seniors, new immigrants, youth and cross-cultural understanding are some of the areas in which Michael has made a difference.

An independent advisory council selected the recipients. Serving on the committee were Mayor Larry Cross of Sidney, Mayor Mary Sjostrom of Quesnel, and past recipients Jane Frost of Vancouver (2006), Marlene Grinnell of Langley (2006) and Patrick Kelly of Victoria (2009).

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