Vietnamese Association, Toronto (VAT)
Established in 1979 as a non-profit and charitable organization, VAT is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors whose members are elected for membership at an annual general assembly.
- To provide settlement and adaptation services to newcomers and help them integrate and participate successfully in Canadian society.
- To promote mutual understanding, tolerance, and racial harmony among ethno-cultural communities.
- To work for the promotion and preservation of the Vietnamese heritage and culture, and for the enrichment of multiculturalism in Canada.
Achievements of VAT
- VAT was the first Vietnamese organization in Toronto greeting and helping the Vietnamese refugees arriving inToronto in 1975, right after the end of the war.
- VAT was and remains the only Vietnamese community organization in Canada earning the "Charitable and Non-profit" status (since Feb 1979).
- VAT established its first office at 8 York Street in November 1978, when VAT started to have staff working under the direction of the Board in the effort of greeting and helping Vietnamese newcomers as well as the Vietnamese community at large.
- VAT established a refugee sponsorship program of its own in March 1979 during the height of the Operation Lifeline movement. Five Vietnamese refugee families have arrived to Toronto under this program.
- In 1983, VAT started organizing the Lunar New Year Tet Festival and continues this tradition each year.
- In 1990, VAT organized the most successful Vietnamese North American Summer Game, an annual event started in Montreal in 1971.
- VAT was a member of the United Way from 1985 to 2002.
- VAT started a youth scholarship program in 1990 and to date has provided over 120 scholarships.