Meet the EPN Photovoice 2021-22 Cohort

Photography by Anna Nguyễn taken at Junto Studio 

Monika Lê 

Monika (she/her/they/them) is an illustrator, visual designer, and human rights advocate. 

She completed her Bachelor's Degree majoring in Equity Studies with a focus in Disability Studies at the University of Toronto in 2020. She is a long-time creative with experience in various mediums such as photography, dance, design, and writing. Always being drawn to visual arts, she has translated her passion for it into a career and business. 

Monika is currently a freelance designer and also runs an online shop selling design goods in which she dedicates proceeds to community building and social justice organizations. She hopes to create a space for the intersection of art and equity, educating others on social issues and connecting them to accessible resources.

Anna Nguyễn 

Anna (she/her) completed her education with a Bachelor's Degree (with Honours) in English and Humanities, as well as a Graduate Degree in Master of Teaching. 

Being raised by an immigrant household, and within a marginalized neighbourhood, she grew up hyper-aware of racially and culturally-sensitive issues. With that, she worked as an educator within the Jane-Finch community and Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Her experiences ultimately led her to develop a community-based approach throughout areas in her work.

As a self-taught creative, Anna currently specializes in Identity Design and Brand Strategy (within marketing and education). She also works closely with community members to develop narrative-driven design and strategies. Overall, her creative services aim to help inclusive brands and non-profits design their stories for community impact. More of her work can be viewed here.

Vivi To 

Vivi (she/her) is a second-generation Vietnamese-Chinese settler living in Toronto, ON. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. 

Currently working in the political office of a Toronto City Councillor, Vivi aspires to shed light on the legal disparities immigrants face. Her work on Canada’s inequitable immigration and detention system has been formally published in the Journal of Political Affairs. Vivi is also passionate about international politics and philanthropy. She has been involved in creating engagement programs to connect Montreal-based non-profits with student organizations–competing in international Model United Nations conferences to work on policies concerning refugee and human rights. 

Vivi is also a proud mental health advocate, enjoys lifting heavy things, and reading / watching psychological thrillers.

Linda Pham 

Linda (she/her) is a second-generation Chinese-Vietnamese Canadian working as a Talent Specialist in a global SaaS company. 

Passionate about combating gender norms and helping marginalized groups, Linda strives to shed light and engage topics to issues that are not commonly discussed in the workplace. She was recently featured as a panellist for Asian Heritage Month to share her story and experiences growing up as an Asian Canadian in a both marginalized and non-marginalized communities in light of the anti-Asian racism events that have risen within the past year. In addition, she led multiple workshops called #IamRemarkable, an initiative started by Google to empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

Outside of work, Linda can be seen trying the latest new spots to eat in the city or cooking culinary concoctions of her own, playing guitar or piano, brushing up on her journey to being a polygyot, and taking a fitness class (dance and boxing are her favourites!)

Jennifer Trương 

Jennifer (she/her) completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Family & Child Studies and will be pursuing a Masters in Counselling Psychology in September 2022. Having started some of her early years in Regent Park and social housing, she has a strong desire to advocate and empower communities faced with systemic barriers and access to mental health care. “Growing up I witnessed my parents navigate a system that didn’t always meet their needs. To this day, I still see the visible and invisible impacts of the trauma my parents faced: fleeing a country of war, leaving behind everything and everyone, continuing to try and navigate this country, and much more.” She was also a program ambassador for @vietnameseboatpeople, a U.S. based organization that preserves the stories of Vietnamese boat people and diaspora from all over the world. 

Aside from her passion in community work, Jennifer loves to learn about language, culture and food, and enjoys listening to others share their stories. Some of her hobbies include: travelling, hiking, collecting books, and spending time with loved ones.

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