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About Marilyn Tran:
One may say that Marilyn Tran began her involvement with the Vietnamese community as a young girl, at the age of only four, when she first enrolled in Saturday Vietnamese classes at St. Cecilia's. Although born and raised in Canada, the first language she learned to speak was Vietnamese. However, had it not been for her parents' persistence in the importance of maintaining the language, Vietnamese might well have perished into the background, as it so easily does in Western society.
Throughout the years, her commitment to the Vietnamese community has ranged from participating in performances along with other children from her church, to being a co-founder of the University of Toronto Vietnamese Students Association, to holding the position of Vice-President on the United Vietnamese Students Association. Additionally, she has volunteered her time and energy at countless events and festivities celebrating the traditions and culture of Vietnam, as well as taking on the role of translator for patients during hospital visits at Mount Sinai Hospital, and for participants partaking in research conducted by St. Michael’s Hospital.
Without a doubt, the collective positivity of all these experiences, in addition to the countless benevolent individuals she has encountered along the way, have been nothing but enriching, inspiring and most importantly, they repeatedly ignite her drive to be involved and to contribute to the progression of the community. It is always a great pleasure to be a part of such remarkable celebrations of our history and heritage and today’s Vietnamese Lantern Festival is no exception.