Two generations of the Goh Family (founders Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh as well as daughter and current Director, Chan Hon Goh) are being honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for their dedication to the art of classical ballet and the enhancement of culture throughout Canada.
“When I learned that we would receive the award, I felt humbled. It is a great honour that we have been recognized for our hard work. I was truly touched,” explains Mr. Goh, founder of the Goh Ballet Academy and Youth Company Canada. “The most important thing I feel when people recognize your passion for the arts is how this has benefited our city and a younger generation.”
Mr. and Mrs. Goh started the Goh Ballet Academy and Youth Company Canada in 1977, with a mission to establish an internationally recognized academy of the highest standards. Chan Hon Goh, Former Prima Ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, continues her parents' legacy as the Goh Ballet’s Director.
The Goh Ballet marks its 35th anniversary this year.
The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. It honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, and will recognize 60,000 people throughout the year of celebrations. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program is administered by the Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.