Richard (aka Dick, aka Mr. Chew) has been a friend of our family since I was a kid. Years after first meeting him, it came up in conversation that Mr. Chew was Chinese. The thought had never occurred to me, and I think everyone else was more dumbfounded by me, then I was of my own discovery. Mr. Chew was just Mr. Chew to me, I didn’t associate him as anything else other than my friend.
Mr. Chew has been working for the same hotel chain for 47 years! My response to this was, “that’s insane!” As you read through the interview, it becomes apparent why this actually makes sense. You will never meet a more kind, giving or thoughtful person than Mr. Chew.
“So what comes around goes around, that’s my philosophy of life, whether you do good or whatever it always comes back to you in different forms.”
- r. chew sr.
What does passion mean to you?
When I hear that word, it’s a life long position, or thing that you would want to do for the rest of your life. Your passion is so strong that hey, you don’t want to do anything else.
What is your most meaningful passion?
My passion is to give, help and enhance peoples lives through whatever mediums you have. I like to go beyond people’s expectations, and create the wow factor. Not only within my job, but people in general, whether it’s my family, relatives or clerks that I meet at the store; I want to enhance their experience.
How are you fulfilling this passion?
Working at the hotel for one thing or volunteering to work with special needs kids.
What moment in your life influenced you?
I was always generous even when I was younger, if somebody gave me something I would always share with friends. That philosophy was taught to me by my Dad, he owned a restaurant in Vancouver and every christmas day his restaurant would be closed. On christmas day he would get a couple of his friends that worked at the restaurant and ask them to come and help. We would cook turkeys, and us kids were involved in getting candies and things like this. We would distribute to those in our neighbourhood who were elderly or who couldn’t afford it; yah it was an awesome, it was an awesome thing. We couldn’t care less if we had turkey or did not to eat ourselves. The reward was seeing the happiness on their face, that someone really cares about them enough to do that.
How did you first get involved?
I’ve always wanted to work with people, a lot of people, and I’ve always liked the hospitality industry. It has always been about surrounding myself by people to increase my chances to enhance their experiences or moments.
What motivates you to continue?
The rewards that you get from people telling you they’re so grateful and so thankful even for the littlest help that you can give, people really appreciate that you even care. In the world today there is a lot of negative things that goes on, so you see that little shine of light to make someone happier or better it’s awesome, it’s awesome to see that.
Ya volunteer, the rewards are monumental, a lot of joy you get is not from money, it’s from what happens and the results that you see that is really important.
“Everything is different, every moment is different and every reward is different.”
- r. chew sr.