By Ling-Mei Wong
Quincy Asian Resources Inc. held its annual meeting celebrating the agency’s successes on Nov. 19 at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy.
Two board members stepped down: Jannie Mark and Jian Tan. They each received citations from Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch and state Rep. Tackey Chan recognizing their service.
“Thank you for all you do make the immigrant experience smoother,” Koch said. “We are so blessed in Quincy to have community assets.”
Chan said QARI provided crucial services that other immigrant communities lack in Worcester or Malden. “In this city, we promote the importance of immigrants, who can become part of the larger whole.”
Three new board members were appointed for three-year terms: Denise Chan, district director for state Sen. Richard Moore; Joel Buenaventura, deputy general counsel for the Mass. Department of Public Health; and Paul Shaw, senior vice president of outpatient services for South Shore Mental Health.
John Brothers, executive director, expressed his appreciation to more than 400 volunteers in 2013 and introduced QARI’s clients.
Tak Lai, an English student from Hong Kong, was interviewed by his instructor Consuelo Medina. “I long to have a business in America,” Lai said. He used to own a stationary and toy shop in Asia, and presently works at Kohl’s.
Board president Gabriel Cheong was proud of the agency’s expansion of youth, English and interpreting services. “We are serving the needs of the Asian community in a deeper and more meaningful way than before,” he said.