BCHF News Lily Chow appointed to Order of Canada

Lily Chow appointed to Order of Canada

On December 29, 2021, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada.

BCHF member Lily Siewsan Chow of Victoria, BC, was appointed as a member (C.M.) “for preserving and promoting the history of early Chinese immigrants to Canada and their contributions to the country’s social and economic development.”

Lily has published books with the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and Caitlyn Press: Blossoms in the Gold Mountains (2018), Blood and Sweat over the Railway Tracks (2014), Chasing Their Dreams (2000), Sojourners in the North (1996). Her newest book, Hard is the Journey is forthcoming in 2022.

Lily earned a BCHF Certificate of Merit in 2014.

CLICK HERE to listen to a Radio Canada interview with Lily (in Chinese)


Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada.

Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.