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July 07, 2020
Oxford County acknowledges PPE donations from Taiwanese community

60,000 medical masks from MacKay Memorial Hospital and 10,000 from Tamsui District, Taiwan, will help keep healthcare workers safe during COVID-19

Oxford County Warden Larry Martin thanked the Taiwanese community today for two PPE (personal protective equipment) donations to help protect local healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: 60,000 medical masks for Oxford County hospitals and long-term care homes donated by the MacKay Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and 10,000 masks donated by Tamsui District, Taiwan, for front-line healthcare workers across the County.

Representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto, the Canadian MacKay Committee, and the Taiwanese Canadian Association were in Oxford County today for the donor acknowledgement, which took place under public health precautions for COVID-19.

The contribution follows a June donation of 300 gowns and 50 face shields from the Toronto chapter of the Taiwanese Canadian Association to Ingersoll’s Alexandra Hospital.

The MacKay Memorial Hospital originated from the MacKay Clinic, the first Western clinic in northern Taiwan, founded by Reverend George Leslie MacKay in Tamsui 140 years ago. It is now one of the most prominent hospitals in Taiwan with five facilities in three municipalities. The Hospital's initial plan to commemorate this milestone by sending a delegation for medical exchanges with its counterparts in Oxford County was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is replaced by supporting PPE to help Oxford's hospitals and long-term care homes stay safe during the pandemic. 

The donation furthers the special relationship between Oxford County and Tamsui, Taiwan, which is founded on the work of Zorra Township’s George Leslie MacKay, the first Presbyterian missionary to northern Taiwan. This past June 30th marked the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Oxford County and Tamsui District, although the communities share a 150-year relationship that has been strengthened by economic and cultural partnerships, including the annual secondary school student exchange between Woodstock Collegiate Institute (WCI) and Tamkang High School in Taiwan.




Warden Larry Martin, Oxford County

“On behalf of Oxford County’s hospitals, long-term care homes, front-line healthcare workers and mayors, I extend heartfelt thanks to the MacKay Memorial Hospital and Tamsui District for their kindness. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities worldwide: we appreciate the consideration for the health of our community and the special relationship we share with the citizens of Taiwan.”

Director General Catherine Hsu, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto

“TECO, joined by CMC and TCA, is honoured to facilitate these two donations. The love from Taiwan to Oxford County is a testament to our special historic connection and long friendships for nearly one and one-half centuries. There is no better way to commemorate these anniversaries and the legacy left by Dr. MacKay in Taiwan than giving back during these difficult times.”



Donation of 60,000 masks from MacKay Memorial Hospital  
JPG: Wilma Welsh, Columbus Leo, Warden Larry Martin, The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Catherine Y.M. Hsu, Mark Dager (Woodingford Lodge), Perry Lang (Woodstock Hospital), Edward Chung
JPG: Catherine Y. M. Hsu, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office - Toronto  
JPG: The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford & Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs  
JPG: Edward Chung, Co-Chair, Canadian MacKay Committee  
JPG: Wilma Welsh, former Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Canada & Columbus Leo, Director, Canadian Taiwanese Association

Donation of 10,000 masks from Tamsui District, Taiwan  
JPG: Warden Larry Martin, The Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Catherine Y.M. Hsu, Edward Chung

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