“He wants all his grandchildren and descendants to remember and be proud of their origins and ancestors. And he wants this gesture to help both the community that welcomed them and future generations.” Phuong Anh Ho Huu, daughter of Mr. and Ms. Ho Huu
The Ho Huu family, who fled Vietnam following the war and emigrated to Québec, made a major donation of $50,000. It is a gesture of gratitude to their adoptive country, which welcomed them with open arms more than 40 years ago.
When the regime fell in 1975, Mr. Ho Huu fled the country with his five children and his wife, who was 8 months pregnant. They spent 11 days at sea on a rickety fishing boat, thirsty and hungry, before arriving in Thailand. Ms. Ho Huu delivered their baby four days later.
An uncle who already lived in Canada sponsored the Ho Huu family. Once here, they had to start from zero. Mr. Ho Huu found a job at a florist. And took night courses to earn a diploma as a computer operator. This paved the way to a job at Rona. He was a loyal employee for 21 years, before taking his well-earned retirement in 1997.
In 2001, Ms. Ho Huu had a stroke. She was treated by the medical teams at Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne. This event moved Mr. Ho Huu to support the Hospital.