Dear QARI Friends, Partners and Supporters,
After 12 years, I will step down this fall as Executive Director of Quincy Asian Resources (QARI). Serving at QARI has been an amazingly rewarding experience for me. However, the time has come for my next challenge. I plan to explore new directions in a leadership, development or advocacy role while continuing to serve the community.
I am grateful to the board of directors, staff members, government and community partners, funders, and volunteers—past and present—all of whom have helped to make my time at QARI fulfilling and successful as we built an organization to serve Quincy’s Asian community.
We should all be proud that since 2004, we have grown QARI from its humble beginnings into the “go to place” for serving newcomers on the South Shore. I will miss seeing the many people who come to QARI on a daily basis to learn, to get involved, to help others, and to contribute toward building a stronger community. After starting with a pilot English class in 2005, we now have 185 students studying English in the largest program on the South Shore. Our information and referral services started in 2003 on Wednesday afternoons; we now serve community members throughout the week both at 1509 Hancock and out in the community. 12 high school students organized the first career conference “Discovering Unique Careers “in 2005, we now have more than 350 members of the QARI Youth ServiceCorps serving the community and finding their passion. A small after school tutoring program for immigrants started in 2007, we now have an amazing mentoring program pairing high school mentors with immigrant middle school students in two Quincy schools.
I also have enjoyed the many community events and civic activities over the years, the opportunity to work with so many committed volunteers to plan and organize 25 festivals, 10 banquets (including a New Year Banquet), 3 candidate forums and of course many opportunities to gather to eat!
All of this and more would not have happened without the energy and commitment of our volunteers, staff, partners and board. I will always treasure the shared experiences and friendships of the last 12 years.
While I am sad to be leaving QARI, I fully intend to stay involved in our community and look forward to great things from the organization and those it serves. The Board will conduct the search for a new Executive Director and we have a strong team in place to ensure continuity in our services to the community. I will work closely with them during the transition. I look forward to staying touch with all of you.
On behalf of the board of directors, we’d like to thank John Brothers for his 12 years of leadership of QARI and for the contributions he’s made to QARI and the Asian community in Quincy. We have a strong team in place to ensure continuity in our service to the community and a smooth transition.
QARI looks to increase outreach services to the community through the formation of new partnerships and to build upon our existing partnerships with the City of Quincy on initiatives aimed at helping new immigrants, the Quincy Public Schools by engaging students and families of new immigrants, and offering more in depth and direct services. Our adult education department aims to offer more levels of classes and also engage in workforce development. In 2016, QARI’s Youth Department embarked on a strategic plan to engage more youth at the High School level and also to offer mentoring to other middle schools and engage the elementary school level through our continued partnership with Quincy Public Schools.
The board of directors will commence its search for a new executive director who will embrace and extend the framework John has established. During this transitional period the board is happy to announce that Robert Sheppard, QARI’s Senior Adult Education Director and Ophelia Liu, QARI’s Finance Manager will both step up to be a part of the transition team, ensuring that QARI is well positioned for success while the search for a permanent executive director is carried out.
During this period of transition, the board of directors would like to recognize those who champion and support QARI’s efforts, especially the many volunteers, partners, and colleagues who efforts are invaluable to the cause of improving the lives of Asian Americans and their families.
We wish John continued success in his future endeavors!
For those who wish to learn more about our transition plan please feel free to reach out to Robert Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org.