Clara Chow honoured for volunteer work
Since moving to Canada in 2003, Clara Chow has volunteered to help bridge the cultural gap for newcomers to Canada.
Her volunteer work with numerous local groups was recognized with a Community Award at this year’s Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Awards.
Winning in a category with several other selfless nominees came as a great surprise to Chow, who said she started volunteering in Canada in 2004 because she appreciated the efforts of other volunteers who worked for the betterment of their communities.
“We have so many lovely people here who are so kindhearted and dedicated to helping people have a better life,” she said in accepting her award. “I will promise I will work harder to be seen as a role model to my children to our youth and to serve the country and community better.”
Chow is a longtime member of the Richmond Chinese Community Society, and, as a director, has organized numerous events to display Chinese culture to the broader community.
Chow also helped start the society’s youth group, served on the board of directors for Literacy BC, helped local residents who found themselves forced out of their condos due to a plane crash and is playing a key role in fundraising efforts for a variety of causes.
Also nominated: Charmis de Boer, Beverley Drayton, Gloria Lauris Elkholy, Donna Gillette, Magdalen R. Leung, Barb Nimchuk/Tracy Paldy, Deneanne Quamme, Mary Scott, Gloria Sweder, Louise Young.