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The Precious Moments of Vivienne and Neville Poy

Joy Kirchner, Dean of Libraries, would like to invite you to a very special event to learn about the remarkable life stories of the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy and Dr. Neville G. Poy. From their childhood memory of Hong Kong and Southern China, the stroke of luck that brought them to Canada, remarkable services and achievements in their professions and community services, to their enthusiastic pursuit of gardening and photography, Vivienne and Neville Poy will have dialogue with Dr. Jack Leong, Associate Dean of Libraries, to share their precious moments that lead to their collaboration of the Precious Moments project.   

The event includes a book donation ceremony and reception. Proceeds from book sales at the event will support the development of distinctive collections at York University Libraries.

Please RSVP by October 10.


Precious Moments is an art-quality coffee table book made of the finest quality materials showcasing the photography of fine art photographer Dr. Neville G. Poy and accompanied by the observations of nature and tranquility, including gardening techniques of The Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy.

Precious Moments

Precious Moments


The Honourable Vivienne Poy is an author, entrepreneur, historian, fashion designer, board member of for-profit and non-profit institutions, and community activist. In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian heritage to be appointed to the Senate of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration and human rights. She was instrumental in having the month of May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada. She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto and the author/co-editor of numerous publications. Since her retirement from the Senate in September 2012, she remains an active participant in communities across Canada.

Dr. Neville Poy received his medical degree from McGill University in 1960. He completed his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the same university and practised his specialty in Toronto until his retirement in 1995. He played leadership roles in both medical and non-medical communities, receiving recognition for his contributions to medical education, the visual and the performing arts, the military, philanthropy and voluntarism.


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Oct 17 2022


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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