Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for many

Anti-bul­ly­ing cru­sader and men­tor hon­oured with City Builder Award

Ottawa Citizen - - THE UP BEAT -

‘Be your best. Make a dif­fer­ence. Live life to the fullest.” That’s the per­sonal motto of Ot­tawa’s Phil Nguyen and one he has ob­vi­ously em­braced.

Proof that Nguyen has “made a dif­fer­ence” came last week when he was hon­oured with the Mayor’s City Builder Award for his out­stand­ing vol­un­teer work and con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

The award was pre­sented by Mayor Jim Wat­son and West Car­leton-march Ward Coun­cil­lor Eli ElChan­tiry.

This is what the city has to say about Nguyen’s work:

“With his wife Amelia, Nguyen co-cre­ated and has taught the award-win­ning Bully Busters pro­gram to more than 1,000 school­child­ren and raised $4,000 for non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Western Ot­tawa Com­mu­nity Re­sources Cen­tre and Child and Youth Friendly Ot­tawa. Bully Busters teaches chil­dren and youth skills in as­sertive­ness, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mar­tial arts to re­spond to bul­ly­ing and other school­yard con­flicts in a con­fi­dent, non-phys­i­cal and peace­ful man­ner.

“Ngyuen is also ac­tive in sup­port­ing youth ed­u­ca­tion in en­trepreneur­ship and was the key­note speaker for the 2006 Cana­dian Ju­nior Achieve­ment Con­fer­ence held in Ot­tawa, which at­tracted more than 175 stu­dents from around the world who are des­tined to be fu­ture en­tre- preneurial suc­cess sto­ries.

He was also the key­note speaker at the Young En­trepreneurs Busi­ness Awards in 2007, where he mo­ti­vated more than 300 high school stu­dent en­trepreneurs to con­quer their fears and fol­low their dreams.

“Among other com­mu­nity and mo­ti­va­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, Nguyen has been a mem­ber, pres­i­dent, area gov­er­nor, club men­tor and con­test cham­pion for the non-profit Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional, lead­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing, coach­ing and men­tor­ing hundreds of in­di­vid­u­als to help them im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship skills.

“He and Amelia have also de­liv­ered the ABCS of Self-de­fence, teach­ing stu­dents in lo­cal schools as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Guides safety tips, self-em­pow­er­ment strate­gies and self-de­fence tech­niques. In 2006 he also served as MC for World Re­li­gion Day in Ot­tawa, an event that at­tracts ad­her­ents of var­i­ous faiths to pro­mote one­ness of the world’s re­li­gions.

“The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic hon­our cre­ated by Mayor Wat­son to rec­og­nize an in­di­vid­ual, group or or­ga­ni­za­tion that has, through out­stand­ing vol­un­teerism or ex­em­plary ac­tion, demon­strated an ex­tra­or­di­nary com­mit­ment to mak­ing our city a bet­ter place to­day and for the fu­ture. This may in­clude life­long ser­vice, out­stand­ing acts of kind­ness, in­spir­ing char­i­ta­ble work, com­mu­nity build­ing or other ex­em­plary achieve­ments. In­di­vid­u­als, groups or or­ga­ni­za­tions may be nom­i­nated by mem­bers of City Coun­cil or the pub­lic. The award is pre­sented at the be­gin­ning of each City Coun­cil meet­ing.”

Phil and Amelia Nguyen cre­ated the award-win­ning Bully Busters pro­gram, to help chil­dren deal with bul­lies.

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