Meanwhile at UNIS Hanoi
Our Global Alumni Notes
Linhlan Dover Arthur (Class of 2002) married Ben Arthur on 16 March 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Instead of gifts or money, Linhlan and Ben set up a personal fundraiser on a crowd raising platform and asked the guests to donate to Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, hoping to raise AUD 1,603 to mark the date. The couple proudly shared that AUD 7,000 was raised as a result, "We are very happy that this money will go to helping street kids, and those affected by trafficking, AIDS and disabilities as well as help put those in need through school and rehabilitation." Linhlan and Ben and their children are living in Australia. They plan to be back in Hanoi this Spring for a small celebration with friends and family in Hanoi.
Lesley Peacock (Alumni Faculty/Staff) and her friend returned to UNIS Hanoi while on holiday with her friend. Lesley is currently working at the International School of Uganda as Senior School Principal.
Ellen Beard (Class of 2013) is working as the lead programme assitant of Redeeming Love, a safe house and holistic recovery program for sex trafficking survivors in Southern California. "I work directly with residents [of the safe house] to encourage movement toward healing and their future life goals. I've been learning about the issue of human trafficking and I discovered sex trafficking as one of the darkest and most troubling injustices I've come across, and it is far more common than we realize," Ellen shares. With this cause in mind, Ellen took on the creative challenge of wearing a dress during each of the 31 days of December 2018 for her personal fundraising campaign "December Dresses" to support Redeeming Love. Ellen's goal is to raise $750 USD, the cost of mental health services for one survivor, "I decided to start my own page because I know the Redeeming Love well and truly believe in the kind of healing it pursues. We focus on quality, highly-personalized support over quantity of individuals reached." Check out Ellen's donation page here or ask Ellen a question to keep the conversation going and raise awareness about this hidden problem.
Lauren Davenport (Class of 2007), formerly Lauren Purnell, and her husband Jon Davenport stopped by UNIS Hanoi during their visit to Vietnam from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where they live. Lauren found the time to catch up with Mr Phi (PE Teaching Assistant) as well as Ms Dzung from Elementary School and Ms Huong, Library Teaching Assistant. Lauren was at UNIS Hanoi from 1993 to 2005 with parents Jacqui and David Purnell (Alumni Faculty/Staff) and siblings Ceinwen Purnell McCann (Class of 2002) and Dave Purnell (Class of 2000).
Adelaide Charlier (Class of 2019) was alongside Greta Thunberg in Brussels where Greta delivered a speech in front of the European Economic and Social Committee, an EU consultative body representing civil society organisations. They were also invited to the Élysée Palace to meet with President Emmanuel Macron on February 22. Adelaide is the Francophone spokesperson of Youth4Climate, the grassroots organisation behind the movement against inaction on climate change in Belgium, which mobilised thousands of pupils across Belgium, including 12,500 who marched in Brussels on Thursday (31 January) in protest and thousands more in the Flemish city of Leuven and in Liège, Wallonia. Adelaide will be walking again in a school strike for climate on Friday March 15 in coordination with related #FridaysForFuture demonstrations all over the world!
Hyeri Ahn (Class of 2005) married Jin-kyu Kang in Seoul, South Korea on 9 December 2018. Hyeri's best friend from UNIS, Toni Eberle (Class of 2005) and her husband Trent Eberle flew in from Australia to attend. Hyeri is working in marketing for Bosch in Yongin, South Korea.
Preyanka Clark Prakash (Class of 2000) wrote to proudly share about Bloomtown, the palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free body and skincare company she and her husband, Medwin Culmer, started in the UK. Palm oil is an ingredient hidden in many mainstream beauty and food products. After witnessing first-hand the environmental devastation caused by palm oil cultivation in Indonesia, the loss of virgin forest that is home to endangered orangutans, tigers and so much of the world's biodiversity, Preyanka made it her mission to offer truly ethical and cruelty-free body and skincare alternatives. Beautifully hand-crafted, the products are the combination of the founders' love of nature and Preyanka's botany and aromatherapy expertise. Find out more about Preyanka's story, her creations and the very thoughtful ethical policies on Bloomtown's website.
Bridie Taber (Class of 2013) was a part of the Victorian Roller Derby League B Team (Australia), the Queen Bees, that traveled to Dallas, Texas, USA in September 2018 to compete in the World Championships. The team won the 2018 B Team Championships, making them the first non-US team to win the title. Roller Derby is a full contact sport, played on a flat, oval surface where five players from two teams compete to score the most points. Bridie is working and living in Victoria, Melbourne. Bridie's sister Caitlin is also a UNIS Hanoi alumni and their parents Daryl and Cathy Taber are Alumni Faculty/Staff. (Photo: Duane Baker Photography)
If you're ever in bustling London and wish for a small oasis to recharge, look no further! Robin Baxter (Class of 2011) wrote in to share about his new project the Hideaway Coffee. Tucked neatly in a quiet corner of busy Soho, this cozy coffee place focuses on specialty coffee and other drinks. And if you're hungry, you can choose from a selection of salads, sandwiches, slow cooked sirloin or salmon as well as various vegan and vegetarian options. Robin and his business partner, who is originally from Vietnam, hope to create a space where young entrepreneurs can collaborate and develop ideas for positive social change. "We believe with the right tools, connections and confidence young people have the capacity to create innovative solutions to old problems," Robin shares. "Having worked in the hospitality for many years, we want to set an example of what employment in hospitality can look like, such as offering staff London Living Wage, full-time contracts and ensure their voices are heard when important decisions are made." So next time you are in London, don't forget to stop by and have a chat with Robin while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Tram Nguyen (Class of 2010) married James Brown in October 2018. UNIS Hanoi in attendance included Phuong Bui, Le Binh Do, Hau (Lisa) Nguyen, Hoa Le, Nam Vu, Lan Le, Phu Nguyen, Sung Sub (Billy) Choo, all from the Class of 2010 and Elaine who was a friend of Lalita (Lita) Stone (Class of 2010). After the wedding the couple spent a few days in Hoi An before returning to work at Tate and Bibliotheque Design in London. Tram and Billy also found some time to visit UNIS Hanoi right before going back.
Having been elected President of the Essex Feminist Society at the University of Essex, Bryony Rickard (Class of 2015) wrote to share: "I joined the Feminist Society at the beginning of my first year [of university] and have been an active member ever since. In 2016 we made national and international headlines (Huffington Post, RT, and The Sun to name a few) for running a bake sale highlighting the gender pay gap by charging women £0.82 and men £1 for a cupcake. I'm very proud to have been elected President for this academic year and last week welcomed 60 enthusiastic people to our very first meeting. The events we have organised for this year range from facilitating discussions on contemporary feminist issues and fundraising for women's charities, to attending local demonstrations on preventing violence against women and collaborating with other societies to ensure we're supporting the feminist movement on our campus. And of course, we have more bake sales planned so keep an eye out for any more headlines!"
Austinus Jogiono (Alumni Parent) wrote in to share an update: "We are all living in Brisbane, Australia now." Yoel Jogiono (Class of 2011) will soon become a PE and Math teacher, Rachel Jogiono (Class of 2013) is working as a nurse and Miriam Jogiono (Class of 2017) is studying International Business and Hotel Management. The family was at UNIS Hanoi from 2003 to 2006 and Agustinus was very involved with the School, helping with taking pictures or making films.
Izziany (Izzy) Mohd Jamil (Class of 2013) married Saiful Nor Adzhar in a beautiful traditional ceremony in Malaysia. Izzy's best friends from UNIS Hanoi Class of 2013 Yong Kamila (Kamila) Ahmad Solihin, Monica Dluzniewska and Ayaka Yokoyama were in attendance as bridesmaids.
Savka Akester (Class of 2017) and mother Malena Akester (Alumni Parent) visited UNIS Hanoi during their week back in Hanoi. Savka is attending university in Cornwall, UK while Malena lives in Myanmar and travels back and forth between Myanmar, the UK and their home country Mexico. Savka's sister, who is also a UNIS Hanoi alumna, Hazel Akester (Class of 2012) is working in bio-diversity conservation in Cambridge, UK.
Anna Muehlichen (Class of 2012) is working for Igloo Music Studio, a Grammy winning sound recording facility in Los Angeles, USA. She recently worked as Assistant Audio Engineer at the recording session of the score to the highly anticipated superhero film, Deadpool 2. Composed by Tyler Bates, the score featured a 80-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony and a 34-person choir. "This was my first time in a scoring session of this size and it was absolutely indescribable. It was an absolute joy and huge learning experience to watch and assist the audio engineers of Igloo Music," Anna shares.