Edward H. W. Ng’s family originally came
from Tai Shan City, Guongdong Province. He was born in Hong Kong.
He studied at Loyola College, Montreal, in 1952 and graduated
from the medical faculty of the University of Ottawa in 1960.
He married his high school sweetheart, Laura, in 1958. He interned
and studied general surgery in Detroit hospitals and then set
up a family practice in Windsor in 1962, becoming the first Chinese
family physician in Windsor and later the first Chinese Chief
of the Department of Family Medicine at Windsor Western Hospital
Centre – IODE. In 1976, with government funding, Dr. Edward
Ng, as director, set-up an acupuncture research centre at Windsor
Western Hospital with Dr. Colin Wong, Dr. Chosen Lau and Dr. T.
K. Cheung. Canadians were amazed and impressed by the treatment
Ng’s wife, Laura, was the second registered
nurse who graduated from the Ottawa Civic Hospital Nursing School.
They have 3 children: Dr. Albert Ng, Dr. Rose Ann Ng and Attorney
Edward Ng Jr. Over the years Dr. Ng and Mrs. Laura Ng have worked
tirelessly to promote Chinese culture in this community. In 1980,
Dr. Ng and Laura, together with Windsor Symphony Orchestra conductor
Mr. L. Gati and Toronto Chinese guest conductor Mr. Tak-Ng Lai,
organized an ethnic concert, the Chinese Cabaret Concert at the
Ciociaro Club, with resounding success. Mrs. Laura Ng was also
deeply involved with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra.
These and other activities have promoted cultural exchanges considerably
between Canadians and Chinese. At the age of 12, Edward Ng Jr.
captured the top honour’s prize in the violin open in the
string division of the Windsor Centennial Music Festival in 1982.
He was a traveling ambassador playing violin to school students
in the Essex county.