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Not-for-profit group gives back to community

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:03 PST, Tue January 17, 2023

CLF Cultural Canada Association (CCCA) is putting together a project that allows seniors to share family recipes.

CCCA is a not-for-profit association founded to promote the exchange of culture, diversity, and dialogue to embrace multicultural values; to provide a hub for creative and innovative exchange of culture, diversity, and dialogue; and to support cultural performances for civic and charitable functions. 

“Relationships are the foundation in building a community, and our ‘home away from home’ concept encourages all members—regardless of age, cultural background, or status of stay in Canada—to communicate and share their experiences that will help build a stronger and more inclusive society,” says Kelly Lieu, one of the founders. 

Recognizing the untapped knowledge of the ever-growing senior population and the valuable legacy seniors can pass on to other community members, CCCA created the “Pass on the Recipes” project. Through the project, senior volunteers can be part of a culinary experience where they can share favourite family recipes, passing on traditions from their ancestors. 

Each episode, focusing on a different country and a different home cook, will be filmed and will air on social media.

Additionally, a Christmas project incorporated a younger generation of volunteers to give back to seniors. CCCA recruited student volunteers from Richmond after-school tutorial centre Intelli Training Center. Teachers helped student volunteers design, create, and manufacture bars of soap that looked and smelled like freshly-baked pastries to tie into the campaign theme of food. 

Each individual product included a gift box. Volunteers delivered over 600 gift boxes as Christmas gifts to senior retirement homes in Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, and Burnaby. 

CCCA facilitated the interaction between seniors and youths to encourage a mutual understanding and appreciation while aiming to close the generational gap. Through these culinary experiences, CCCA is fostering a sense of volunteering that contributes to seniors’ quality of life, while finding a common interest that is relatable to members of different generations.

To learn more about CCCA, visit or follow the organization on YouTube ( or Facebook (

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