My Upbringing in Ward 10
I was born and raised in the Northeast communities of Calgary. Whitehorn, to be more accurate, where my parents worked two jobs to afford the purchase of a home on Whitmire road. Life wasn’t always easy growing up, having fled a war-torn
country for a brighter future with very little money and no connections.
I was raised with the sentiment that they (my young immigrant parents) are in Canada so that my siblings and I can have a future. Communist Vietnam was not a place for a future for a young family.
My father dedicated his working years in a steel factory for 30 plus years and worked evenings at the family business. Back in Vietnam, my father’s side of the family were farmers — hard work is instilled in our DNA.
My mother’s sides were entrepreneurs and small business owners. My mother operated a franchise restaurant on Macleod Trail for 30 plus years and has tirelessly instilled values of grace, opportunity, sacrifice, service, fiscal responsibility,
and accountability, the likes of the many small businesses within our community.
I spent my early years at St. Wilfred Elementary, Father Scollen Junior high, and eventually went to Bishop McNally and graduated at Father Lacombe High School in the Catholic system. Post-secondary education, I studied Civil Engineering and
Real Estate Development at the University of Calgary.
At 13, my family moved to Monterey Park, where we still live, a place to raise a growing family, with large fields, homes, and good quality of life. I spent plenty of time in all of the communities of the current Ward 10. Since I have watched
over the 20 years, the newer communities have come up, whereas our community started to decay over the decades.