A Hong Kong migrant has been appointed to the Senate, becoming the first Chinese-Canadian senator in Canada. Vivienne Poy, 57, was chosen by Prime Minister Jean Chretien as one of four new senators. She will represent the Liberal Party. The Chinese community in Toronto and Vancouver welcomed news of the appointment, saying Ms Poy could strengthen the voice of Chinese in Parliament. The Toronto fashion designer was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Canada more than 40 years ago. She founded the fashion company Vivienne Poy Mode in 1981 and in the following 14 years enjoyed great success in fashion design, manufacturing and sales. The mother of three children, she is president of two publishing companies, author of two books and is working on a doctorate in history at the University of Toronto. She is also a governor of McGill University and honorary patron of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. Ms Poy received an International Women's Day Award in 1996. She said she would do her best for the Chinese community and pay more attention to health care. 'I will do my best to make Canadians pay more respect to the Chinese community,' she said.