2012 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Patricia A. Chow
Chinese Center on Long Island Inc.
Patricia Chow has a vision. Her vision is that our youth of today should become the outstanding adults of tomorrow and her volunteer work with the Chinese Center on Long Island (CCLI) is witness to her belief that the children are our future. She exemplifies a charitable person with her time and visions as she implements various programs at the center.
In 1997, Patty volunteered to work with the CCLI Lion Troupe. As the mother of four young children, she became wholeheartedly involved in their activities as the Lion Troupe Coordinator. Under her leadership, the troupe evolved and tripled in size.
Once involved with the center, Patty realized its importance to serve many different groups of people. Families who have adopted Chinese children come to meet and learn many aspects of the Chinese heritage from language, music, and dance, to holiday traditions and food. She also brought the Young Speech Makers program to the CCLI, teaching young children how to make public speeches with ease, confidence and self-assurance.
Mentors are provided as are situations where children are able to practice what they have learned.
"The center called upon me to volunteer my services, but in reality it has given me the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best people. I truly believe we can all make a difference and enjoy working with all of our young people as they are our future," stated Patty.
She is an example to the community that helping goes beyond your own family, culture and world. Her volunteer work with the CCLI has enhanced the lives and attitudes of all people in the Long Island community and the greater metropolitan area, regardless of ethnicity.
Her day job has been with Verizon where she has worked for the past 27 years and is currently a Tax Director. She holds a New York state CPA license and an MBA in Taxation. She is also a former CCD (religious education) volunteer teacher and was active in Saint Anne's Families in-service group. She was one of the winners of the 2008 Nassau County Women of Distinction Award.
Married for 31 years and with four children, Patty has been a resident of Long Island for over 25 years.