Farewell and Moving On after 15 Years

January 13, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you may have heard, Mayor Walsh has appointed Alejandra St. Guillen as the new Director of the Office of New Bostonians. Alejandra is a great leader with energy, commitment and a big vision. I know that the work of making sure that all New Bostonians have a voice and the opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of life in Boston is in good hands with Alejandra’s and Mayor Walsh’s leadership.

Rev. Cheng Imm Tan (left) at 2012 New Bostonians Summit.

As some of you know, I recently welcomed my second child into my family and I am looking forward to spending more time with my family. What you don’t know about me is that I am a certified personal life and leadership coach, as well as a parent coach. I look forward to using those tools and everything I have learned from working with diverse communities and sectors to further my lifetime commitment to issues of inclusion, diversity, women’s empowerment, equality and justice as well as assist parents, especially immigrant parents and care givers, to negotiate the many challenges of parenting and supporting children.

I will be eternally grateful to Mayor Menino who gave me the opportunity to work with you to ensure that the issues facing New Bostonians get addressed and build a more welcoming city. I am pleased and proud of what we have accomplished together. From day one, many of you have been key partners with the Office, helping to shape the direction and the mission of the Office. From establishing English for New Bostonians (ENB) to convening the New Bostonians Summit, to celebrating immigrant heritage, contributions and diversity at the We Are Boston Gala, to the most recent project – the Capacity Building Initiative. Everything we have accomplished, we have done together. We have made Boston a leading model city in immigrant integration and empowerment.

As I leave the Office, I will always remember and treasure the relationships with so many of you -from so many sectors. From each of you, I have learned a lot, and have been and will continue to be inspired by your vision, creativity, collaboration, commitment and dedication to work with each other to make Boston a better city for every resident and especially New Bostonians.

It has been an honor and thrill of a lifetime to have worked with you over the past 15 years. Thank you all for playing such an important part in my life. I hope you will continue to stay in touch with me and I look forward to opportunities to work together again.

With Gratitude and Blessings.

Rev. Cheng Imm Tan