Jean Bessie Wong

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Jean Bessie Wong was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia back in1919 to Fun and Hone.  She left school at the age of 12 to help support her family.  In 1935, she moved to Toronto and later opened her won grocery store when she was 17.  In 1939, she married Doyle and the couple had 6 children.

Jean was the co-owner and Director of the Kwong Chow Restaurant in Toronto for 23 years.  the restaurant was highly successful and popular with both Chinese and Westerners as with many politicians due to its proximity to Toronto’s City Hall.  She died in 2002, she was 82-83.

What you may not know about Jean Bessie Lumb is that she was the first Chinese Canadian woman and the first restauranteur to receive the Order of Canada for her community work.  She also had many other firsts for a Chinese Woman, the first on the board of governors of the Women’s College Hospital, first on the board of University Settlement House, first to receive the Fran Deck Award for outstanding achievement in Toronto’s restaurant industry and the first Chinese Canadian woman to sit on the Broad of Rotary-Laughlen Center.

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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - she certainly was a woman of many talents and accomplishments.

Aug 05, 2021 02:57 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James, She must have been one organized and driven woman! Perhaps her six children carried on the legacy.

Aug 05, 2021 04:02 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - So many business owners, small and not-so-small, can play a significant role in their communities.  Your profile of Jean Bessie Wong is indicative of that importance. 

Aug 05, 2021 04:36 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A successful woman and everyone should try to give something back to their community.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 05, 2021 04:37 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

It's nice to see all her FIRSTS James, and so nice to see these firsts for a woman who left school at such an early age!

Aug 05, 2021 04:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... sound like an amazing woman who knew how to get things done. No wonder she had so many firsts.

Aug 05, 2021 05:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Jean got quite the education by intuition and necessity. She took it to a high level. Enjoy your day.

Aug 05, 2021 05:45 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another interesting woman that I never would have known about without you sharing with us.

Aug 05, 2021 06:02 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Jean was a very hard working woman. Even with all those awards I will bet she would say her greatest accomplishment was her 6 children (yes I've said that before) James Dray 

Aug 05, 2021 06:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

I had no idea that Canada had a First Order of Canada, and good for Jean Bessie Wong for getting this distinction.  A

Aug 05, 2021 07:09 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! That is quite the interesting biography. Quite the life

Aug 05, 2021 08:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 05, 2021 08:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James-that was interesting and she sounds like a formidable woman. 

Aug 05, 2021 09:22 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

What a remarkable woman, my grandmother came from Canada.  Both, are great woman.  Bill 

Aug 05, 2021 09:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great story, James, and some accomplishments to be proud of.

Aug 05, 2021 09:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, another day where a woman was the first at something, love your stories.

Aug 05, 2021 10:38 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James always enjoy when you introduce me to someone who is powerful and never heard of, Endre

Aug 08, 2021 10:51 PM