Daniel Chow has always had an interest in two things: exploring the world and helping others. So, after he earned his CA designation, he sought global opportunities that would satisfy those interests. “I went to Malaysia and China to teach at various special needs schools, opening my eyes to the way of life there. I returned to Canada feeling a little removed from the Western way of life and decided to look for jobs internationally. During this search, I stumbled on the Accounting for International Development, or AfID, website (www.afid.org.uk),” Daniel explains.
AfID is a social enterprise that offers experienced accounting professionals a chance to use their skills to make a difference in volunteer international development roles. Through the organization, Daniel was connected to Prisoner Fellowship Cambodia (PFC), which helps educate prisoners and reintegrate them to society. Daniel used his expertise to enhance the financial systems and processes of PFC and then to train the staff to ensure those tools continue to be used and built upon.
Now back in Canada, Daniel is still helping others as the CFO for Entrust Corp., an organization that provides services to people with developmental difficulties. This work fits with his core values. “Since I have been given so much compared to the vast majority of people in the world, it’s rewarding to be part of anything that can make a difference in someone else’s life.”