In 1979 Thi Be Nguyen, BComm (mktg.) 98, was among the 60,000 Southeast Asian boat people who arrived in Canada, refugees forced to flee their homes in the aftermath following the end of the Vietnam War.
Just shy of her fifth birthday — and the second of three children — the young Nguyen remembers the kindness of Canadians who helped after the family arrived in winter with nothing except a few gold necklaces. She and her sister and brother spent their first summer at the YM-YWHA day camp.
Now the marketing graduate is married, a busy mother of two young children and advisor on public affairs to the National Bank’s president as well as the bank’s ambassador of diversity.