Anh Lang Duy (“Bor”) Do, a Pembina Trails international student, has recently been awarded an MCIE International Student Award.
The Manitoba Council for International Education International Student award recognizes students who “demonstrate attributes of an outstanding international student,” including active participation in school and extra-curricular activities, a positive attitude and self-integration in the community.
Do (known to many as Bor) is a Grade 12 student in the International Student Program (ISP) at Institut collégial Vincent Massey Collegiate. He arrived in Winnipeg in 2019 from Vietnam, quickly diving into his studies and embracing local culture.
His advisor, Kaylee Sapoznik, who nominated Do for the award, notes that it is rare to witness an international student excel so quickly academically and socially. She outlines how Do has not learned not only English but also Spanish, volunteers as a school ambassador and in the community, and plays both badminton and hockey. “His positive, humble and outgoing nature is much appreciated,” she says.
That positive nature is reflected in the wonder and awe Do shows over Manitoba’s winters. Speaking about –40 temperatures, he writes,
“It was amazing! I went skating at The Forks and my eyelashes were frozen. I took pictures and sent to my family in Vietnam. It was the best experience.”
Tess Cordeiro, Director of the International Student Program for Pembina Trails, says that Do is known for warmly welcoming newly arriving students and extends his friendship to Canadian and international students alike. He shares his scholastic success by being a peer tutor in math, which he finds very rewarding. “When you teach someone, you get better at that subject,” he says. “Helping is a great experience.”
Cordeiro, on behalf of the division’s ISP team, wishes to thank school staff for the integral role they play in the success of each ISP student and the ISP program as a whole.
“ICVMC has international ambassadors all over the world who continue to champion the school for having contributed to their once-in-a-lifetime experience,” shares Cordeiro.
Do expresses heartfelt gratitude to his parents for sending him here, to the school for welcoming him, and to the ISP team for their invaluable help. “I can’t imagine studying here without them,” he says.
He plans to complete his high school diploma and stay in Winnipeg to study in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.