University of Toronto Mississauga - Cathy Tran

Most Outstanding VSA Member of the Year Nomination: Cathy Tran

Why was this person selected as “Member of the Year” for your organization? What was the criteria to be a recipient of this award?

Cathy is the embodiment of a committed and dedicated VSA member and throughout this year, she has participated in many events and campaigns for both UTMVSA and UVSA. The criteria to be a recipient of this award was an individual who showcased outstanding commitment and dedication to their VSA. As well as he/she consistently demonstrating high leadership qualities within their VSA and showcased success towards their VSA goal.

Describe the roles the nominee has held in his/her community and how these roles have influenced your organization. Provide examples.

Cathy is the VP internal for UTMVSA, a part of the ICC, and a committee member for the UVSA Ontario Leadership Summit Logistics Team. As VP Internal for UTMVSA, she acted as the next of kin leader when the presidents weren’t present. She took on the role with the most humble approach and everyone felt like they could depend on her. She also gave many of the new execs opportunities to grow and learn by delegating tasks and giving the reins when she felt they were ready.Cathy’s role in the ICC encouraged many of her fellow members in the UTMVSA to support her by attending the auction held this year. The event was a success and once again proved her commitment to VSA as a whole.As a committee member for the UVSA Summit Logistics Team, Cathy is allowed another opportunity to display her administrative skills in another setting. She also took part in promoting the event to those she felt would be interested and even reached out to some to convince to be family leaders!

What qualities does the nominee have that makes him/her stand out within your organization? Provide examples.

Cathy’s constantly taking initiatives to do whatever she can for VSA. She goes out of her way to take on a lot and to contribute as much as she possibly can to her respective VSA. Despite her overload of obligations from work and other on-campus initiatives, she dedicates an abundance of time into her duty as VP Interval at VSA. She executes her responsibilities to the highest degree of effort, dedication, and professionalism imaginable. Everyone on the VSA team recognizes Cathy as someone dependable, someone who has a lot of wisdom and advice, but most importantly, someone to go to for comfort, emotional support, and for words of care and love. Cathy is the epitome of the ideal person to work on any committee, organization, or team. Cathy is truly a blessing to have as a member of UTMVSA.

From being a shy general executive to a caring and engaging VP Internal, Cathy has proven to step out of her comfort zone to serve the Vietnamese community in a professional and personal level. In a professional level, Cathy constantly promoted many events on her own social media and through word of mouth so that the events would have a huge turnout of attendees. In addition, she helped foster the new execs into self-sustaining individuals ready to plan events on their own. Not only does she allow the new execs to learn through her footsteps, but at the end of the year, she assigned to them the task to collaborate and plan a event with another club in school and a mental health organization.

On a personal level, Cathy was committed in the relationships between the VSA members by communicating with everyone on the team on a regular basis and by recognizing the unique contributions of each individual. She would occasionally check up on the executives on behalf of the Co-Presidents to facilitate communication within the team and keeping everyone updated. Lastly, she kept track of everyone’s birthday to plan surprise celebrations for them and constantly planned team bonding excursions throughout the year. Despite having a full course load, a work study, a part-time job, as well as being involved in three different clubs, Cathy made time to help and support UTMVSA and UVSA at all times. As a result, Cathy won VSA member of the year award presented by United Vietnamese Students Association (UVSA) Ontario. She is a force not to be reckoned with.

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Why was this person selected as “Member of the Year” for your organization? What was the criteria to be a recipient of this award?

To be Member of the Year, an individual has to have showcased outstanding commitment and dedication to their VSA. He/she has to have consistently demonstrated high leadership qualities within their VSA and showcased success towards their VSA goal. Cathy Tran is the definition of a committed and dedicated VSA member and throughout this year, she has participated in many events and campaigns for both UTMVSA and UVSA Ontario. She also was the main liaison for UTMVSA and UVSA Ontario.

Describe the roles the nominee has held in his/her community and how these roles have influenced your organization. Provide examples.

From being a shy general executive to a caring and engaging VP Internal, Cathy has proven to step out of her comfort zone to serve the Vietnamese community in a professional and personal level. In a professional level, Cathy constantly promoted many events on her own social media and through word of mouth so that the events would have a huge turnout of attendees. In addition, she helped foster the new execs into self-sustaining individuals ready to plan events on their own. Not only does she allow the new execs to learn through her footsteps, but at the end of the year, she assigned to them the task to collaborate and plan a event with another club in school and a mental health organization. Cathy was also involved in the Intercollegiate Council with UVSA Ontario to represent UTMVSA and participate in logistics planning for UVSA events such as Rising Stars for Change which raised over $1000 for CPP, and the 2nd Annual UVSA Ontario Leadership Summit where she was always available to tackle new problems, emergencies, and be one of the most valuable staff members. For UTMVSA and for UVSA Ontario, she has brought the Vietnamese youth voice and celebration of Vietnamese culture to new heights in Eastern Canada – she is truly an inspiration for future leaders to make an impact locally and nationally.

What qualities does the nominee have that makes him/her stand out within your organization? Provide examples.

On a personal level, Cathy was committed in the relationships between the VSA members by communicating with everyone on the team on a regular basis and by recognizing the unique contributions of each individual. She would occasionally check up on the executives on behalf of the Co-Presidents to facilitate communication within the team and keeping everyone updated. Lastly, she kept track of everyone’s birthday to plan surprise celebrations for them and constantly planned team bonding excursions throughout the year. Despite having a full course load, a work study, a part-time job, as well as being involved in three different clubs, Cathy made time to help and support UTMVSA and UVSA at all times. She is a force not to be reckoned with.