CMAA Stories: Brian Chen
“I’m Proud to be a part of it.”
Boroeuth “Brian” Chen came to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia in 1985. He attended high school in Western Massachusetts and obtained his college degree at UMass Amherst, then went to volunteer in Cambodia with CANDO (Cambodian American National Development Organization), a nonprofit organization. When he returned in 1996, an acquaintance from Cambodia who knew of a position at CMAA recommended he apply. Since 1997, he has been a CMAA staff person, and in 2000 he became the Family Services Coordinator for the Monorom Family Services Program, which provides translation, interpretation, transportation and advocacy for 35 developmentally-disabled youth and their families.
In addition, Brian (along with other CMAA volunteers) presents an hour-long Cambodian news and information show on local-access cable television through Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), and recently won an award as Producer of the Year from LTC. “Working at CMAA is like giving back your knowledge to your own community”, he said recently. “I’m proud to be a part of it.” Please help CMAA to support their community in Lowell by considering a donation to our organization as part of your year-end giving.