Hello Gia Dinh!
My name is Jen Giang and for those that still remember, I was the crazy Ignite coordinator running around at last year’s Ignite XVI. This year, I am ecstatic to be the President of UVSA Ontario. I started my path towards UVSA when I was a part of the University of Waterloo’s VSA Ignite team as the coordinator, and later went on to become Ignite Coordinator for UVSA in 2015.
A little bit about myself I am a selfie enthusiast, social media is my best friend. Being a part of the Vietnamese community has really helped me grow as a person, and has really helped me utilize my skills to give back to the community that has always given me opportunities. VSAs to me are not just an organization or group of people you go to chill with, but.no matter what school you come from, VSAs are always able to build a sense of community and togetherness. We become a family. And I really hope that UVSA Ontario can be a place for you to come to and become a part of our VSA Family. Come share our love for culture with us.
"She designed a life she loved"
My name is Ryan Doan and I am the Tech Vice-President of UVSA this year. I am from McMaster University and I am currently doing my undergrad with a specialization in Automation Engineering.
If you ever get a chance to meet me, you will find out that I love Vietnamese food. Although my role as Tech VP requires me to only maintain the technical aspects of our club, I will make sure that our events serve the best Vietnamese food. So if you have suggestions, don’t be afraid to e-mail me with your favourite foods.
Other than food, I plan to meet new people this year and participate in our social events. I am also planning to launch a new website for UVSA this year and hope to get you guys involved by featuring you in the social media section of our site. So make sure you come out to our events! I look forward to meeting everyone and I am eager to see what this year has to entail.
"Don’t beg for things. Do it yourself, or else you won't get anything."
— Renton Thurston
My name is Cindy Duong and I am thrilled to be your Internal Vice-President for the upcoming year. I recently graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Marketing Management with a minor in Professional Communications.
During my time at Ryerson, I was highly involved with VSAR, the Vietnamese Student Association at Ryerson as their Vice-President. My role was to help the President and all other executives complete their tasks effectively and to promote the Vietnamese culture. In addition, I was the Ignite Coordinator for the 2016 show where I helped create the script and dances. Crazy enough, I have been involved with the Vietnamese community since 2007 as a volunteer for casual events with VAT (Vietnamese Association of Toronto).
The funny part is, I am half Chinese. I just can’t get myself to believe that! I believe that diversity and belongingness matters and that no individual should be left behind. With that said, my goal is to create unity between all the VSAs and to ensure that no VSA is left behind. In order to do so, I will effectively communicate all events to every VSA and will assist with any questions or concerns.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
— Virginia Woolf
My name is Alan Nguyen and I am very excited to be your External Vice-President for this upcoming year.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto where I pursued a degree in Biological Chemistry. If you are now looking at my last name, there’s a pretty good chance you have the same one. And if you’re now wondering if we are somehow related, the answer is yes, we’re probably cousins. If you don’t have the same last name, we can still be cousins.
This brings me to my personal goal for this year as your External VP and that is to make UVSA and VSA feel like a big extended family. I want for UVSA and all of the VSAs to become a closer and stronger community where we can all feel safe and comfortable celebrating our own identities and that of the Vietnamese heritage. I plan on reaching out and connecting us with VSAs outside of Ontario in hopes of building a stronger and farther-reaching network.
"Listen up you all, 'cause this is it The beat that I'm bangin' is delicious Fergalicious definition make them boys go loco. Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me? Don't cha? Don't cha?"
I’m Michelle, your Admin VP and Co-CORR this year. I recently graduated from Trent University, where I double majored in International Development Studies and History.
I currently live in Peterborough, the city with one of the largest populations of seniors in Canada and the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world! Exciting, I know. What’s more exciting is that this is a year of many firsts for me. One, this is my first time serving for UVSA Ontario and two, I attended my first UNAVSA conference as one of the recipients of the visionary scholarship.
After hearing the inspiring accomplishments of other VSAs in North America, I am even more determined to cultivate a stronger sense of community among the VSAs in Ontario. I hope to do so by creating more opportunities for VSA members to celebrate Vietnamese culture, learn from one another, and develop teamwork skills in a safe and inclusive environment. Furthermore, I aim to strengthen Eastern Canadian representation and involvement in UNAVSA so that our voices can be heard on a larger scale.
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
— Edward Everett Hale
My name is Andrew Nguyen and I am so thrilled to be a part of UVSA Ontario as your Finance Vice-President this year. I recently graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree where I majored in Biology with a Psychology minor.
During my 4 years at McMaster, I was involved with the McMaster Vietnamese Students’ Association (MVSA), a cultural club that housed a very open and inclusive environment. Being a part MVSA was like being a part of a second family, and most importantly, has exposed me to numerous opportunities to give back to the community and allow me to purpose other ambitions like joining UVSA Ontario.
With similar goals as MVSA, I hope to continue celebrating Vietnamese culture, encourage philanthropy, cultivate leadership and above all, promote unity among the VSAs. With those goals in mind, I plan on working towards establishing a unified Vietnamese network, inspiring individuals at our events, and meeting all of you throughout the year as UVSA continues to add to our extended family because #GiaDinhMeansFamily.
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for"
Aspiring food adventurer. Part-time couch potato. Green-tea obsessive. That is me! HI VSA FAM!
My name is Jennifer Nguyen Hoang and I am super excited to be your Events VP for this year! I recently graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, where I majored in Psychology with a Health Science minor.
During my time at Western, I was well-involved with VSA Western as their IGNITE Director and I loved every moment of it. I believe it is important to stay connected with your roots and your identity by immersing yourself within the Vietnamese community and that’s why joining a VSA is critical - a must! Besides, that’s where you can meet all the dep trai and dep gais, hehe.
Jokes aside, my goal is to meet and connect with all of you beautiful people through our events/meet-ups. In addition, I hope to create events that will promote our Vietnamese culture as well as, to build a network within our community. Keep your eyes out for all the UVSA events this year because that ’s where all the pho-un and pho-rends will be (and me)!
"Keep your heels, heads, and standards high"
— Coco Chanel
Public Relations Officer
My name is Ashley Fam and I am from Ukraine. As a second-generation Vietnamese Ukrainian, my knowledge of the Vietnamese culture and its values is very limited. Joining UVSA Ontario gives me an opportunity to learn more about my identity and culture.
Moreover, I will be able to communicate with other VSAs from all across Ontario, as well as outside of the province in order to enhance the Vietnamese community. While living in Canada, I realized that the culture here was very different from where I came from, because of the multiculturalism.
Although, cultural diversity has played one of the most important roles in Canada, I adapted to it very quickly. This June I graduated from George Brown College. I am very excited to be a Public Relations Officer for this year. Furthermore, I am much more excited to work with the other executives and learn from them.
My name is Linda Ly and I am so excited to be your Marketing Lead for UVSA Ontario this year! I am currently a second year student at Western University in the Management and Organizational Studies program, pursuing an honours specialization in Consumer Behaviour.
In my first year of university, I discovered that Western had their very own VSA. I decided to take the leap and applied to be a media executive! I was very shy and nervous… but all those worries disappeared when I was immediately welcomed into the organization with open arms by an amazing group of people.
VSA Western gave me an opportunity to connect with others about Vietnam ’s incredible culture and offered me something that I never thought I was missing before in my life, which was a closer connection with my Vietnamese roots. I believe that everyone should be able to receive the same positive experience I had, which is why I decided to join UVSA Ontario. I hope to bring everyone closer as one big family by keeping you all up to date with the fun and exciting events going on throughout the year!
"When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine"
I ’m Anne Tran and I ’ll be your graphic designer this year! I am currently a third year student at Ryerson University for Interior Design.
I believe that our heritage plays a beautiful and important role in our lives, therefore I try to promote and embrace our Vietnamese culture. I am also involved with VSAR, the Vietnamese Student Association at Ryerson, where I co-coordinated Ignite two years in a row! My goal is to promote events, organizations, and Vietnamese culture in order to help UVSA Ontario grow and connect on all social media platforms.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hello VSA family!
My name is Linda Nguyen and I am very excited to be your Events Officer for UVSA Ontario this year! I am entering my fourth year at the University of Toronto where I major in Human Biology - Health & Disease and Buddhism (Philosophy), Psychology & Mental Health.
Last year, I felt proud to be the Ignite Coordinator of the University of Toronto Vietnamese Students ’ Association (UTVSA) because every member of the Ignite team made a contribution to the script. I am overjoyed that UTVSA ’s performance won 3rd place at Ignite 2016 and the Cultural Award at UNAVSA ’s VSA Awards. My role as Cultural Director was also to promote Vietnamese culture at the events.
This year, my goal is to help organize fun UVSA events to bring VSAs together. I want to create the opportunity for us to embrace and connect to our Vietnamese culture. I am super excited to meet and connect with all of you at our events. I hope we will achieve a stronger sense of identity, community and belonging together. Welcome to the VSA family! <3
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"
United Vietnamese Students' Association of Ontario
Founded in 1997, United Vietnamese Students' Association of Ontario (UVSA Ontario) works to cultivate leadership, celebrate Vietnamese culture, encourage philanthropy, and promote unity among VSAs in Ontario through creating opportunities to collaborate, connect with and learn from one another.
To achieve these goals, we organize professional mixers, info sessions, an annual Ignite Cultural Show and End-of-Year Gala in addition to promoting VSA events.
We are also a part of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), a larger network that includes all VSAs throughout Canada and the United States.
"UVSA Ontario strives to give a voice to Vietnamese youth, while working to build a stronger Vietnamese community in Ontario, nationwide, and globally" —Mission Statement