Beijing, China – July 14, 2017

Last week, Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC) founder Ching Tien was awarded the Governor General’s Visit Medallion during a private reception hosted by the Embassy of Canada to China. The medal, presented by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, was given in recognition of Tien’s exceptional service in promoting and enhancing the Canada-China relationship.

The Honourable John McCallum, Ambassador of Canada to China, provided opening remarks at the event. His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston presented the medals to the seven recipients, including Ms. Tien, and offered his congratulations. This was His Excellency’s second time in China as governor general. In 2013, the Governor General and Mrs. Johnston undertook a State visit to China where they visited Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu, and Guangzhou. During the 2013 visit, His Excellency presented State visit medallions at the Friends of Canada Reception at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chengdu.

Also in attendance was the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and Leader of the Government in the House. On July 10 and 11, Minister Chagger and Ms. Tien each delivered speeches at the She-Era 2017 International Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship, discussing closing inequality gaps in the economy and education, respectively.


About Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC):
In 2005, Ms. Tien founded EGRC with the goal of sponsoring financially-challenged young women in rural Gansu to receive university educations. Over the past 12 years, EGRC’s programs have expanded to sponsor hundreds of young women from Gansu, Guizhou, and Qinghai provinces to receive both high school and university educations. EGRC’s work supports the Government of Canada’s vision to empower women and girls in developing nations abroad.

About Ching Tien, EGRC founder:
In recent years, Ms. Tien has received increasing recognition as the voice of women’s education in China, delivering talks at prestigious venues such as TEDxBeijing and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. In receiving the Governor General’s Visit Medallion, Ms. Tien has been recognized for her outstanding efforts to carry out this work and serve as a model of Canadian values abroad.

Media contact:

Kathleen Reid (Canada)
604 724 1242

Ching Tien and EGRC students in front of a red Canada 150 banner