High School Symposium

The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba (AHS) is developing a teacher kit on Asian Heritage and history for teachers to use during Asian Heritage Month. One of the components of the kit is a series of presentations by young Asian professionals from a variety of interesting careers.

Teachers, if you would like your students to participate in a virtual session or have access to recorded sessions, please fill out the form below.

If you select a Live Session, your classroom would by default have access to recorded sessions

Dr. Denise Koh is a Filipina-Canadian Public Health specialist, with additional training in Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine.  She is Manitoba’s Chief Occupational Medical Officer as well as Medical Officer of Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response.  She is also a certified and practicing hypnotherapist.  She is passionate about supporting students, medical learners, and physicians dealing with burnout, moral injury, and workplace harassment and intimidation.


Captain Narize Beloro joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2018. Upon completion of Basic training in Quebec and the Logistics with Human Resource specialty courses in Borden, ON, Capt. Beloro provided support and guidance to newly recruited members and students at 17 Wing Winnipeg. Fast forward to 2022, Captain Beloro is an Administration Officer supporting members transitioning from the CAF.

Narize has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Santo Tomas Philippines. She then applied the gained knowledge as an Assistant Manager at Jollibee Foods Corporation. In 2007, Narize had migrated to Canada and was fortunate to apply the extended knowledge and experience at KFC. As an immigrant, the first few years were allotted to survival and to provide for the family members back home. Narize’s desire for continuous learning did not stop her to go back to school and acquire the Accounting and Payroll Diploma from Herzing College while simultaneously managing one of the busiest KFC locations.

Working from the Hospitality to the Finance industry had provided Captain Beloro (not just the knowledge) but the passion on how to assist any person who needs information, training, help and guidance. Joining the Canadian Armed Forces had delivered occasions in keeping the flame of learning burning and concurrently return the favor back to Canada as a second home. Being with the CAF for 5 years had provided Captain Beloro the opportunities to travel, meeting people with different backgrounds and learn from their success stories. Captain Beloro is positive that the best is yet to come and serving the country may not be as complex as an out of the country deployment but could be as simple as “being available” to support and help fellow Canadians.

Quan Luong is a Vietnamese Cinematographer based in Winnipeg, Canada. Coming from a family of engineers, Quan is the first in his family to fully pursue a career in the arts. He grew up next to a camera with his dad, who was a hobbyist photographer, which started his filmmaking journey at the age of 13, making short films and YouTube videos with friends. After high school, he moved to Canada and got a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. Now Quan works as a Colourist, Camera Operator, and Cinematographer on TV Shows, Documentaries, Commercials, and Indie Films. He’s always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with friends to tell meaningful stories through the lens.


MC (Maria Cristina) Laureano is an award-winning communications professional who has worked in various industries for almost a decade. She has worked at Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU) for over four years. For her first three years at the organization, Maria Cristina was its Digital Marketing Specialist. She is now in a newly created role as ACU’s Community Relations Specialist, working directly and partnering with local organizations – many of which provide services to the province’s most underserved and underrepresented populations. Maria Cristina is also an emerging filmmaker and plans to debut her first film this year. 

Moderated by: Jennifer Chen, Winnipeg School Division Trustee

Joanne Roberts has built her career through fiercely advocating for a more inclusive and equitable arts industry. In 2020, she won the prestigious Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Competition at Gimli Film Festival and has since been regularly releasing works in various mediums that challenge and dismantle societal norms. A frequent collaborator with CBC Creator Network, she has broken through the glass ceilings that previously prevented Filipinas and Franco-Canadians from achieving mainstream success, and attained national recognition as an award-winning, powerhouse storyteller.

Nina Lam is in the final semester of her Master in Development Studies at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Her curricular specializations are migration and human rights, stemming from her lifelong commitment to advance the welfare of migrants and marginalized populations based on her own identity as a Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian. Before that, she completed her B.A. (Adv.) in Global Political Economy at the University of Manitoba.

Nina is a passionate advocate for youth and collective action in social change. She currently sits on the board of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba, where she mentors other youth to foster professional development and political literacy. She is also a member of Prairie Asian Organizers, through which she helps facilitate community workshops on dismantling the “model minority” myth.

Currently, Nina works for the Government of Manitoba, supporting the province’s immigration programming and policy development. After graduation, she plans to launch a career in human development and rights advocacy.

Linda Trinh is a Vietnamese Canadian author who writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. She explores identity, cultural background, and spirituality. Her work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines such as The Fiddlehead, Room, This Magazine, The Nasiona, and Prairie Fire. She has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. Her debut early chapter book series, The Nguyen Kids series, will be published in October 2022. She lives in Winnipeg with her family. Twitter: @LindaYTrinh. Website: lindaytrinh.com

Fatima Homsy graduated from high school and is now a social work student at the University of Winnipeg. The best thing that she likes to do is read. She works at Kurdish Initiative for Refugees (KIFR) as a youth support worker. The most important rule in her life is continuous improvement in the field of work and study. Fatima’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of the youth in her community. She wants to encourage them to achieve success so we may all work toward a better society with strong generations.

Sumit Sharda has been an educator with the Seven Oaks School Division for 12 years. During this time, he has been a Senior years Math teacher, Career Development Educator, Learning Support Teacher and most recently, Student Services Director. Sumit has had the opportunity to teach adults and educators in China, India and Europe, where he implemented and coached strategies around inclusive teaching strategies. Sumit has chaired multiple committees within Seven Oaks School Division to help create a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. As an educator, Sumit follows a strengths-based approach to meet the needs of children and families so they feel comfortable to learn from and with each other.

Moderated by: Fortunato Lim, Principle, Seven Oaks School Division

Lam Nguyen immigrated to Canada as a young child in 1985 and grew up in the West End of Winnipeg. He pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo where he also worked at several tech companies before finding his passion in Education. Lam returned to Winnipeg in 2005 to complete an Education degree and has taught High School Mathematics, Computer Science, Business, Graphic design, and AP Statistics. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Manitoba where he also teaches courses in Teaching Mathematics and Educational Research. His primary areas of interest are in professional teacher learning, social justice, inclusion, and equity. During the day, Lam is the Vice-Principal of St. John’s-Ravenscourt; a K-12 independent school in Winnipeg. 

Dana Lance (she/her) is the youth program coordinator at the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, she helps run and coordinate the youth programs for youth ages 12-17 and 18-26. She self-identifies as a 1.5 generation immigrant of Japanese & Filipinx descent, who immigrated from Sydney, Australia to Winnipeg, Manitoba when she was about 5 years old. Dana’s interest in mental health has been from personal experiences and combining it with community, advocacy, activism, and a willingness to educate others has landed her currently with MDAM. After completing a BA in East Asian Languages & Culture with a minor in Linguistics her passion for dance followed after. Dancing for 10 years (and still going!), training in styles of Hip Hop, Voguing, House, and Freestyle. Aside from work, she gives back and volunteers with two organizations, Filipino Youth Fellowship (FYF) and Asian Mental Health Collective (AMHC) pushing for Asian mental health and advocating for issues such as anti-racism and social justice. In her spare time, she loves venturing out for new boba spots, traveling, and collecting stationery.

Yuhito Adachi is the Secretary of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM) and an Consultant at IG Wealth Management. Adachi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He went to a high school which focuses on business education. There, he learned basic accounting and basic business law. He continued his education at Kokugakuin University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management. He completed his degree with extensive credits in Japanese culture and history. In 2014, he moved to Winnipeg, Canada using experience class work permit as also known as working holiday. His first job in Winnipeg was a term position at an accounting firm as an office assistant. Later, he became an audit technician. When his working holiday status expired, he switched to a local company which sponsored his immigration program. He wanted to return to the financial industry and was introduced to Investors Group (IG Wealth Management) where he became a financial advisor. He is married to Alison Adachi who he met at his university in Tokyo. He has two kids: Kaz and Tomi.

Calvin Loi is first-generation Canadian, currently working as a Senior Accountant in the financial services industry. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, having won a University Gold Medal for graduating with the highest academic standing in his Faculty. He has a passion for volunteering and his community involvement to-date centres around three pillars – celebrating cultural diversity, removing barriers to higher education, and empowering youth. Calvin is extremely grateful to have received over two dozen scholarships to date for academic merit, leadership, and active involvement in the community. It is because of these accolades that he is further committed to serving the communities that have helped him. Calvin is known for his enthusiastic and outgoing attitude in whatever activities he chooses to partake in.