Element Care held a special program titled “Khmer Women Leading the Way” last month at its PACE Center in Lowell, MA, as part of a National Women’s Week celebration. Element Care sponsored the inspiring event, the first event of its kind, in collaboration with the Lowell Community Health Center.

The event attracted 50 community leaders, who heard about the journeys of three successful Khmer women who overcame hardship and found success through unwavering determination. Bob Wakefield, CEO of Element Care, offered welcoming remarks; and Molyka Tieng, an advocate at the Lowell Community Health Center, served as master of ceremonies. The event featured Khmer food.

The keynote speaker was Bora Chiemruom, executive director of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. “I remain passionately committed to promoting advocacy and the awareness of issues affecting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Chiemruom, who was born in Cambodia and grew up in Lowell.

Lada Lau, a career and co-op advisor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and Nicole Klays, of Fast Track Physical Therapy in Lowell, also shared their inspirational stories and their work and passion for giving back to the community.

Element Care is a nonprofit health care organization with the mission of helping people live safely and comfortably in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Element Care provides complete health care to eligible individuals through its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in the Massachusetts North Shore, the Merrimack Valley, and the northeast region of Middlesex County.

Bora Chiemruom was the keynote speaker.

Lada Lau, with Molyka Tieng, shared her inspirational story.

Bob Wakefield offered welcoming remarks, and Molyka Tieng served as master of ceremonies.

Entrepreneur Nicole Klays discussed her passion for giving
back to the community.

On hand for the event were (from left) Kevin Coughlin, deputy director of Planning and Community Development;
Bob Wakefield, CEO of Element Care; and Jay Linnehan, executive director of the Greater Lowell Community
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