TO show her appreciation to HELP University vice-chancellor and president Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan for making an impact in her life, Joey Lee decided to produce a short film called “Gratitude”.
Directed and filmed by her husband, William Kok, Lee plays the role of a mother who tries to persuade her daughter who is played by her own daughter, Coxanne Kok, who refuses to go to school.
Lee’s advice to her daughter was how Prof Chan had encouraged her in the past that “school is not just a place to study but a place to grow.”
As the short film concludes, Lee’s daughter exchanges the gesture of “courage” when she meets Prof Chan at the school.
The scene is symbolic of the seed planted in Lee, which is now passed onto her daughter. It is education, which has impacted and changed Lee’s life.
“As a Chinese, we usually buy gifts for respected elders.
“In my case, I decided to produce and show my love through a meaningful short film as a Chinese New Year gift to my mentor, Prof Chan. I wanted to tell the story of how he changed my life many years ago. “It has now nurtured in me the spirit of contributing back to the community,” she said.
Lee, 33, cut her teeth in the film making business and is now the CEO of Passionate World, a social branding film production company.
Lee was also the producer for the Pakatan Harapan theme song “Bina Harapan” during the last general election.
“I want to shape a world with greater possibilities and opportunities for a better and brighter tomorrow for all Malaysians.
“My philosophy is simple. My company, Passionate World, was formed with the idealism of a world for passion and dreams,” she said.
Lee wants to produce short films and documentaries with meaningful messages with HELP University, private corporations, non-governmental organisations and the government to inspire and ignite the spirit of Malaysians.
She was pregnant with her second child and managing the family business when she studied for her Master’s in Entrepreneurship at HELP University in 2016. She obtained a CGPA of 3.67.
Lee attributed her success to Prof Chan, her mentor.
Prof Chan provided Lee with a scholarship that enabled her to study for a Foundation in Arts at HELP. She had scored excellent results in the SPM and obtained 11As. At the time, she had left home following her parents’ divorce.
“It’s Joey’s attitude, fortitude and the gratitude that has driven her to be successful.
“At HELP, we give them the latitude to have the courage to be who they want to be as achievers.
“I am indeed very proud of her Chinese New Year gift – the short film on “Gratitude”,” said Prof Chan.
He said their shared vision is to embark on a joint production.
“It will explore HELP’S five values: Pride of Achievement, Sharing Success, The Courage to Be, to be compassionate and significant,” he said.
Lee is also a Star Education Fund recipient, who received a scholarship for a Bachelor of Arts in Event Management from partner-in-education, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She obtained a CGPA of 3.99 as well as the Chancellor’s award.
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