Anita Lee moved to Winnipeg from Hong Kong in 1967 and along with her husband has taken a leadership role in assisting new citizens of Chinese origin to integrate into the community. She has taught classes to advise new Manitobans as to the rights and privileges of a citizen. She is emphatic that as Canadian citizens it is their duty to vote. She has established committees and has taken a leading role in looking after the social needs of the new citizens, making appointments and driving them to medical and dental appointments, secured places in summer camps for children and assisted in having children established in schools. She has run cooking classes to teach new emigrants to cook and shop in a new country.
Mrs. Lee has successfully managed five restaurants and a catering service in Winnipeg. She has employed many new citizens to help them get a good start in their new life.
Mrs. Lee has assisted in cultural exchanges. Folklorama has benefited from talented groups she has brought to perform. She played a role in the twinning of Winnipeg’s sister city of Taichung to promote trade. She was a member of the board of the International Centre.
Their Honours married in 1968 and have three daughters: Margaret, Mabel and Malinda and two grandchildren.
Her Honour will assist her husband to use the visibility of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to help those with visual impairment and to bring attention to the need to ensure that the youth of all areas of Manitoba receive equal opportunities enabling them to become equal partners in our society.