A Montreal man is far from familiar with carrying dust on his feathers. Motivated by connection to his community and fuelled by his passion for humanity and social change, Jimmy Chan has dedicated his life to spreading kindness, courage, and compassion through food, art, and activism.
Adding to his impressive and extensive list of accomplishments, this past Canada Day, Jimmy Chan, and colleagues across the world added one more notch to their achievement belt. Over 1000 people joined forces to become the largest group of drummers drumming simultaneously across the globe.
For 3 minutes, on Zoom, the drummers drummed. Each in different time zones and requiring Guinness World Record officials to monitor the undertaking, the event required the collaboration of thousands of people.
Chan’s career in community change began over 30 years ago when he noticed the rich history in Montreal’s Chinatown that he had known his whole life begin to change.
Suddenly, a part of Montreal that was once bustling with bold color, rich cuisine, and joyful people was being muted by commercial and residential construction projects.
Fuelled by his ancestors as well as his father and grandfather, Chan founded the Saving Chinatown Project, which aims to emphasize the importance of Chinese culture in the Montreal community.
"We tend to forget the role that the Chinese have played across Canada's history. Our ancestors came to Canada seeking a better life. We chose Canada as our home. But we do not want to forget about our Chinese culture and history."
- Jimmy Chan