Vivianne Quang: Calgary Forest Lawn

Vivianne Quang: Calgary Forest Lawn

Vivianne is a second-year nursing student, studying at Western University. She is an active member in her communities, as a volunteer, advocate, and leader. With a passion for student politics, she is the incoming President of the Western-Fanshawe Nursing Students’ Association. Her interest in creating healthy public policies has led her to conducting research that examines students’ food literacy and accessibility of healthy foods. Through her nursing practicum and by working with homeless populations, she has gained a strong understanding of issues relating to housing and mental health; now, Vivianne is committed to advocating for equitable opportunities and resources. As an acknowledgement of her community engagement, at age sixteen, she became a recipient of the Rotary Calgary East Youth Award. Ever since high school, Vivianne has been a human rights activist, specifically advocating for LGBTQ2S+ rights and creating safer spaces for LGBTQ2S+ youth. Vivianne has been the leader of several high school and post-secondary student-led Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs). She has also mentored at leadership forums organized by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Over the past summer, while working at the Centre for Sexuality in Calgary, she co-coordinated Camp fYrefly Alberta, a 4-day overnight leadership camp for over a hundred LGBTQ2S+ youth. Her time spent working at the Centre for Sexuality has also given her the opportunity to better understand and advocate for comprehensive and inclusive sexual health education.