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Carter and Habitat for Humanity build houses for the needy in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Expats Club hosts the British Honorary Consul

 

Carter and Habitat for Humanity build houses for the needy in Chiang Mai

 

Chiang Mai Expats Club hosts the British Honorary Consul

Story by Shana Kongmun
Photos by Jedsadapong Wongkiew

The Chiang Mai Expats Club meeting played host to the new British Honorary Consul for Chiang Mai, Ben Svasti Thomson, on Saturday November 14 at the Shangri-La Hotel. He discussed his varied career in the Chiang Mai area and informed expats about the duties of an Honorary Consul (no visas issuance, unfortunately).

Ben Svasti Thomson, the new British Honorary Consulate delves into his background for the Chiang Mai Expats Club.
Mr. Thomson comes from an illustrious background, with a mother descended from King Mongkut and a father who was head of the conservation efforts at the National Gallery in London. He has worked tirelessly over the years in aid of those less fortunate, starting in the late 70’s with Cambodian refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge, to women’s rights groups promoting HIV/AIDS education, to his current project of fighting human trafficking in the North; TRAFCORD.
He told the crowd that it has been his experiences in public service that taught him community networks have the power to draw people together to solve the problems that face them. He went on to say that he hopes to be able to do his part in reaching out not only to the British community in Chiang Mai, but the expat community as a whole.
He explained the responsibilities of the Honorary Consulate and urged members to register with the U.K. Embassy, citing the importance of re-registering each year as the registration expires on a yearly basis. He told the gathering that, due to the Data Protection Act, information given to the Consulate can only be used for the purpose for which it was given and this is the reason British citizens need to register online. In case of an emergency, the information from the online registration is the only source the Consulate has to draw on. To register online, British citizens should go to www. ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk.
Next week, the Expats Club urges members to attend as tickets for the Christmas Party on December 19 will be available for sale.

Shana Kongmun, Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail,
joins the Expats Club board for the meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Board members introduce themselves to the crowd
at the Expats Club meeting on November 14.

The Expats Club meeting was a well attended event at the Shangri-La Hotel on Saturday, November 14.



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