I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have been living in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia since 2013. As a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I am a compassionate and hardworking individual who lives a life of gratitude and giving. I am a 2018 Camosun BBA Marketing graduate, with a history of landing myself on the Dean’s List. On top of my academic achievements, I also successfully balance my professional and personal volunteer activities, ensuring I am excelling in everything I commit myself to.
Before moving to Victoria and enrolling in Camosun’s Bachelor of Business Administration Program, I previously worked in respite, taking care of adults with mental disabilities in group homes. It was a rewarding job that has helped me gain compassion, patience, and respect for people from all walks of life. While I am grateful and privileged to have worked in that environment, I also greatly enjoy learning and working in marketing, as it allows me to learn and contribute a wider range of my technical and creative skillsets in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment.
I have a passion for technology and it shows through my involvement with Victoria’s local tech community. Since September 2016, I have been volunteering with an organization called Canada Learning Code (formerly known as Ladies Learning Code), where I market and mentor workshops teaching adults and youth technical skills such as coding, website editing, online communication, and image editing. It is important for me to empower others to not only be consumers of technology, but creators.
I also enjoy giving back to communities that help guide and support me through my own academic and professional goals. As a result, I was highly involved within the college community. During my undergraduate, I sat on the Camosun College Student Society’s board of directors where I represented and advocated on behalf of students. I was also a member of Camosun DECA, a business club that builds leadership skills and business experience for emerging business leaders. In the past, I was a volunteer of Peer Connections, a Camosun International faculty-run group that make efforts to bridge gaps between International and Domestic students. Through Peer Connection, I also gained training regarding cultural awareness, mental health, suicide prevention, and sexualised violence prevention. I have also been an active member of Toastmasters, a group that meets regularly to practice and support one another in public speaking.
Outside of work and academia, I am an avid cyclist, and I annually volunteer and raise money as a team captain for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Ride Don’t Hide” cycling fundraising event. I am constantly working to spread love and generosity throughout my community, paying it forward to the generous community that had welcomed and supported my refugee family many decades ago.