For four decades, Fred Mah has been one of Chinatown's strongest advocates playing a role in countless community associations and civic committees.
Fred served as an active member of numerous community organizations, and trade delegations. He was a founding member of the Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship Society and the BC-Guandong Business Council and served as president for both organizations. He organized countless Chinatown parades, art exhibits, photo and opera exchanges.
Fred was a founding member of the Chinese Cultural Centre and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC. He chaired the Chinatown Visioning Committee for Chinatown Revitalization. He founded the Friends of False Creek and the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association.
On February 26, 2013, Fred Mah was recognized by the City of Vancouver and presented with Vancouver's Civic Merit Award for his tireless work in Chinatown and in the Chinese community in Vancouver.