Selkirk College Class of 2016 Valedictorian Brings Message of Passion to Graduates
A passion for protecting water resources is at the heart of Tanya Tran’s studies at Selkirk College and as the Class of 2016 valedictorian, the Integrated Environmental Planning Program student will bring some of that fervent energy to the graduation ceremony being held April 22.
Being first generation born Canadian, it was instilled in Tran the value of taking advantage of opportunity through hard work. Her parents came to Canada during the Vietnam War as refugees from that country.
Selkirk College’s 2016 Valedictorian Tanya Tran will address the audience at this year’s graduation ceremony held later this month.
“My parents came from a hard life during the war. They got shipped off on a boat here. My dad arrived here at 17 without much money in his pocket,” she says. “For me, I need to make sure I benefit the most I can from the opportunities they’ve given me.”
Born and raised in Ottawa, Tran went on to study at McGill University in Montreal where she achieved her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a focus on Fresh Water & Marine Sciences. She also did field studies component that took her to Panama for four months to study with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
After graduation, Tran worked at Environment Canada for a short while and then moved to Halifax with her boyfriend to enjoy East Coast living while he was finishing his studies. The couple returned to Ottawa for a year and then decided it was time to return to school.
“I knew I needed to go back to school,” she says. “I had all these wonderful theories that I was taught and these beautiful philosophies that are still in my head but I had no way to apply them.”
Read the entire feature on Tran at selkirk.ca.
The Graduation 2016 Ceremony takes place on the Castlegar Campus on April 22 starting at 12:30 p.m.