The Face Behind the Mask: Hsiao-hui (Coco) Kao

This week’s Face Behind the Mask is Hsiao-hui (Coco) Kao. Coco is the coordinator at LIFT Immigrant Services in Powell River. She is one of the front-line workers in our community who is reaching out to help and support others.

We appreciate the efforts of all front-line and essential workers in our community who, like Coco, help to keep us connected and supported.

Q: If you had to describe your experience of the pandemic in one word, what would it be?

A: Transformative.

Q: What is one way you have helped/reached out to someone else during the pandemic?

A: I have participated in Wellness-Check Outreach, calling all of our clients in April and September to make sure they were informed, supported, and not isolated.

Q: What is one way someone has helped/reached out to you?

A: LIFT has hosted meetings every week to make sure all their staff is doing all right during the pandemic. My friends and family members are constantly checking in with me through social media.

Q: What would you say is the most important thing that is helping you get through the pandemic?

A: The connection through social media with others to make sure everyone I know in the world is doing all right.

Q: What has been the most difficult thing about the pandemic for you?

A: Not being able to hug my friends when they are upset, hold their newborn babies, see my family, or simply just have friends over for dinner for over a year has made me feel depressed.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is struggling?

A: Always try to connect with others and never be afraid of sharing your concerns or your feelings.

Q: What is a good thing that has happened to you because of the pandemic?

A: I spend more time with my family, and I’ve reached out to more friends that I hadn’t talked with for a long time.

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As of March 15, Vancouver Coastal Health will be offering a public vaccination site located on the upper level of the Powell River Recreation Complex.

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