A double celebration for Rosa Chow

Friends of Rosa Chow gathered to celebrate at Chow Foo restaurant on Thursday after her receiving The Queen’s Service Medal. Times photo Farida Master

What do a policeman, politician, priest, principal, lawyer, educator, specialist advisor to council and chair of Howick Local Board have in common?

They have all worked closely, over the years, with Rosa Chow, who was recognised in the New Year Honours.

Stephen Hargreaves principal of Macleans College, Inspector Richard Wilkie, lawyer Richard Osborn, Father Sherwin Lapaan of St Mark’s Catholic Church, Howick local Board Chair Adele White, Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown, Yongjie Li of Auckland Council as well as Angelina Grant from Te Wananga O Aotearoa had gathered at the Chow Foo restaurant on Thursday evening to celebrate Rosa – recipient of the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to immigrant communities.

“I am truly humbled to receive the Queen’s Honour because there are so many people who do good work in the community and do not get the recognition they deserve,” she said as everyone present unanimously agreed that the honour was well deserved and long overdue.

Rearing to get started on other inclusive community projects, Rosa raised a toast to her family and everyone she has worked closely, wishing them a happy 2021 as the auspicious Year of the Ox as Chinese New Year is being ushered in.