Wednesday, January 04, 2017


陳吳荔(Lai Chen)在BCNC壁畫前。(BCNC提供)
Boston, MA – Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) employee Lai Chan is recognized by Blue Hills Bank as one of the 2017 Hometown Heroes.  Lai Chan will be featured in the Bank’s fifth annual Hometown Hero Calendar, which honors 12 groups or individuals who go above and beyond to make our community a better place to live and work. 

“Our Hometown Hero calendar is a tribute to the amazing individuals who contribute to the vibrancy of our communities,” comments Blue Hills Bank president and CEO William M. Parent. “It is an honor to recognize these hardworking, selfless individuals each year.”

Lai Chan has been working at BCNC’s Acorn Center for Early Education and Care for 35 years.  
Since Lai arrival in Boston’s Chinatown in 1974, Lai has provided valuable services to the local Chinese community. She began her career as a teacher at Kwong Kow Chinese School and BCNC. Lai was instrumental in securing city funding for community nonprofits. Lai has touched the lives of thousands of children through her commitment to their education and her 35 years of passion for helping her community make her a role model in Chinatown.  

"Lai Chan is a role model for all of us at BCNC," said executive director Giles Li. "Now the first children she taught are grown up, and bringing their kids back to Lai's classroom. Most of us do not get to meet truly inspirational people in our lifetime; I am so lucky to get to work with Lai Chan every day." 

Along with this honor, each hero receives a $1,000 donation from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation for one of their favorite charities.  Lai Chan nominates BCNC as her favorite charity.

The recipients of 2017 Blue Hills Bank Hometown Hero Awards represent various Greater Boston‐area neighborhoods and are:  Antoinette Hemphill, Catholic Memorial School, Lai Chan, Officer Darryl Owens, Dr. Jean Bonnet, Scott Batey, Kalsie King, June Cooper, Tony Andreotti, Michelle Williams, Pete Downing and Kimberly Jones.  Calendars are free, while supplies last, and are available at all Blue Hills Bank branches beginning December 1st. 

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