Making a difference for many
Anti-bullying crusader and mentor honoured with City Builder Award
‘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.