In 1964, a group of young Chinese Canadians convened to discuss the persistent challenges faced by the Chinese community. Brought together by Rev. Ronald Con, minister of Toronto’s Chinese Presbyterian Church, they established the Mon Sheong Foundation to promote Chinese culture through the pursuit of worthwhile projects. Taking its name from Lord Mengchang (also translated as Lord Mon Sheong; a man of legendary generosity who lived in China around 300 BC), the Foundation officially registered with the Ontario government in 1965. Aside from being assigned its charity registration number in 1967, it was also recognized by the federal government that year, cementing Mon Sheong’s status as the first Chinese charitable organization in Canada.
Mon Sheong’s board of directors comprises approximately twenty philanthropists from business, healthcare, and other professional backgrounds. The Foundation also operates under the distinguished honorary patronage of Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and her predecessors.