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               PETER WING

(May 4, 1914 – December 27, 2007)

            The Peasant's Gold:
          The Story of Peter Wing

This is the story of Peter Wing, son of a landless Cantonese peasant, and first Chinese Mayor in North America.  From the arrival in Kamloops of Eng Wing Him, his father, to Peter's accomplishments in his retirement, it covers the history of his life and the growth of city of Kamloops.

Peter Wing's father Eng Wing came to Canada in 1910 at age 16 fronm the Canton region of China.  He returned to China in 1910 to take a wife before returning to Canada in 1913.  Peter's mother was the only fifth Chinese woman in Kamloops.

Peter was born in 1914 and went to Stuart Wood School and excelled but eventually left school to work for his father who had started a grocery business, married Kim Kwong of Revelostoke in 1932 and became an active member of the Kamloops Board of Trade in 1934.

Being civic-minded, Peter joined many organizations such as the Rotary Club f Kamloops which he joined in 1942, serving as president in 1976-77.  As welll, he has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Union of BC Municipalities.

In 1958 Peter ran for political office and was eleted the first public official of Chinese descent of any major city in North America.  Following two more successful aldermanic elections, in 1965, he became mayr the 28th mayor of Kamloops.  Peter won two more terms and retired in 1972.

During his term of office, Peter worked for the amalgmation of North Kamloops and Kamloops (North Shore and South Shore).  In 1972 he was made Freeman of the City and a member of the Order of Canada in 1976

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