sien lok


Standing true to our name  which translate to “happiness through good works”, Sien Lok continues in benevolent activities that honour the presence of Chinese culture in Calgary’s social fabric.

Photo credit: Sing Tao Newspaper

Our Story

Sien Lok Society of Calgary was formed in 1968 in response to a threat to the  existence of Calgary’s Chinatown. In 1965,  the City proposed the contruction of  a 12-lane parkway, called the “East-West Penetrator”, to be built overtop of Chinatown. Approval of this project would mean the destruction of Calgary’s third Chinatown location, which exists today because of a group of young businessmen and professionals and the establishment of Sien Lok Society. Having helped preserve the historic Chinese district, Sien Lok continues to work for the betterment of the Chinese Community. We strive everyday to continue the values of cultural diversity, history preservation, cooperation, harmony and family, that the Society has built their foundation upon.

what drives us


create an environment where lives are touched, enriched and refreshed through broad ties to our culturally diverse communities


develop and participate in cultural preservation and promotional activities for those affected by, or interested in, Chinese Canadian culture


A Message from the President of Sien Lok Society: Mr. John Dong

Welcome to the Sien Lok Society. We are a passionate group of individuals committed to promoting and preserving Chinese Canadian heritage throughout Calgary and Canada. In Everything from our scholarships to our very public Sien Lok Park in downtown Calgary, we are very actively engaged in seeing our mission come to life as we have been for the past 40+ years. Please join us online, and in person at one of our many activities and initiatives throughout the year.