Chi Nguyen

“It was a turning point for me...”

I always thought the best way to make a difference was through community activism, but then a good friend challenged me to “put my money where my mouth is,” and donate to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

It was a turning point for me, because I’ve learned how important it is to support services on the ground.

Some women have reached equality, but it hasn’t trickled down to everyone. When so many single mothers live in poverty, when so many Aboriginal women live in such dire conditions, when so many women are still abused, we are far from living in a world where we are equal.

Women are the glue in our communities. If they’re not in a good place economically, if they aren’t physically safe, then we’re putting our entire community in jeopardy.

It’s close to home for a lot of us. My parents came to Canada to find an opportunity for their kids, but my mother got pretty sick. My dad worked two jobs and we still struggled.  Then he passed away, and my mom had to somehow raise two kids on her own when she really wasn’t well. It’s just not the Canadian way to let people suffer like that.

Now I’m lucky to be able to give a little bit. It’s not a lot, but I know the money goes to programs that really make a difference. They aren’t just band-aids. They really help women find their own answers and transform their lives.

It’s an incredibly powerful thing, to be part of a growing movement of women from across Canada donating to help other women. And it has a snowball effect. Each time a woman joins the Women Moving Women campaign, she gives another woman a chance to get out of poverty.

That’s why the Foundation is so inspiring to me. It’s really about women helping women.

Chi Nguyen, Community Impact Manager, United Way Toronto
Youth Recipient, Governor General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case
Donor and Volunteer