Thao Choi – Project Director
I live in Oakville, Ontario with my wonderful husband and two great children. I came to Canada 35 yrs ago with my Dad and my three sisters as refugees with no money, a small bag that could only fit one set of clothes and a pocket full of dreams. To all generous Canadian out there, I thank you with every part of my body for whom and where I am today. It has been my privilege to be part of this amazing team. I share their vision and passion. If asked of why I am doing this, I only have one simple answer, that I am doing my part of paying it forward and it just feels right.
Justine Dien- CoFounder/Project Director
I was one of the more fortunate ones because, in 1983, I and my family were sponsored to Canada by my uncle. Although I did not experience the harrowing conditions of the boat people, I am still most grateful for this journey. Through the kindness of fellow Canadians, my large family of ten siblings quickly grew to love our new home because this beautiful country is a land of hope and opportunities.
When I now take my son to hockey practice or my daughter to piano lessons, I am often reminded of how lucky I have been. The paths of our lives could have been much different if our family had no means of leaving our war-torn homeland. Because of the blessings in my life, I am now a volunteer with the Children’s Make-A-Wish foundation to bring smiles to children afflicted by illnesses. To pay forward the kindness my family had received, I am proud to have co-founded this organization to extend hope and opportunities to children living in poverty in Vietnam.