USING SCHOLARSHIPS… TO HELP OTHERS
The 17-year-old, who just finished her first year at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, doesn’t spend hours texting while watching TV. Her schedule seems as busy as that of a family of four, except she also manages to find the time to volunteer.
“My engagment began with student councils and sports, but my social consciousness was awakened when I became a counsellor at Camp Plein Air à Plein Cœur,” said Nguyen. “I decided that I wanted to see these kids again during the year, and I proposed a project to the camp leaders to take them out a few times during the year.”
Sharing with those less fortunate
Her young age never made Anne doubt that she would succeed what she did. Leveraging her extracurricular activities in entrepreneurship, she was surrounded by mentors and collaborators and her project De l’air frais pour un sourire vrai took form. She was able to introduce young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to different parts of the city. They took four outings together, including snowshoeing on Mount
“Yes, even if you are young, you can apply for subsidies ... and get them! Well, I paid for snacks and transportation with my own scholarships, but without my team of volunteers, I could never have organized these trips.”
Yes, you read that right – the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor and Governor General for Youth medals shared part of her merit scholarships with other young people, to ensure they could have access to the activities she organized for them.
A rising star
“I don't yet know what I want to do when I am older, but I am interested in youth. I would like to work in an area that would allow me to be in direct contact with youth and also to promote healthier lifestyles. I've loved playing flag football, hockey, Frisbee and soccer since I was a child,” she said.
This year Nguyen coached her college's junior flag football team and was a member of the hockey and Frisbee teams. Between her big heart, her sharp intellect, her natural empathy and her taste for entrepreneurship, Nguyen has that special something that makes us think we'll be seeing more of her in the next few years...
How can you not fall in love with this rising star that turned down the American Morehead-Cain scholarship. She said it was a difficult but necessary decision so that none of her projects would be compromised.
“I was very interested in the program, but all the projects I have started are in Canada and I have a strong sense of belonging to Montreal and my college. I am continuing my studies there and I have a number of commitments. I did not want to give up everything. I can apply again later.”
A place you love in Montréal?
In one word, what does engagement mean to you?
Life-changing ... Engagement is transformational for ourselves, but also changes the lives of people in our community who get a direct impact from our engagement.
In a phrase, what’s your dream for Montréal ?
My dream is that Montréal will be known around the world as a forward-thinking city in terms of rights and opportunities for everyone.