Mrs Edith Lau 劉蔡鳳鳴女士


Date 8 January 2014 Interviewed by Ben Fielden
Language English Audio Edited by Ben Fielden
Venue St Martin-in-the-Fields Church    

Edith Lau was brought up in Hong Kong, the eldest of five children. In Hong Kong she worked as a teacher both in kindergarten and primary schools. In 1983 she was married to Paul Lau, a priest in the Anglican community of Hong Kong. In 1994 they moved to New Zealand with their two children, where her husband had accepted a post as a Vicar. Apart from assisting her husband in his ministry, she also worked in a factory as a translator and organiser.

Her family stayed in New Zealand for seven years and whilst there she came to understand the lives and struggles of the immigrant Chinese community there. She now applies those experiences to her work in London, where she moved in 2001 when her husband accepted a job as Associate Priest at St Martin in the Fields, Westminster. On moving to London Edith became the Centre Co-ordinator of Bishop Ho Ming Wah Chinese Community Centre.

In doing this work she organizes and co-ordinates all the volunteers' work and the activities run for centre users. She finds that the Chinese need more support and care in the community especially the elderly. She hopes that all the users can benefit through the centre's services and enjoy their lives.