Nhung Tran-Davies was only five years old when she came to Canada. She was old enough to remember the hardships her family experienced in Vietnam. Her mother was widowed after her dad was missing and presumed dead in the war. Nhung’s mother barely scraped together enough money as a seamstress and fruit seller to feed her six children. Thanks to an uncle’s support, the family escaped Vietnam and arrived at a refugee camp in Malaysia in 1978. The family was sponsored by the congregation at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Enoch, west of Edmonton, Alberta. The kindness and compassion shown to her family left an indelible mark on her heart. Today, Tran-Davies is a family doctor and a philanthropist who has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Albertans by a business magazine. She continues to credit all her achievements to the warmth and support she and her family received during their first months in their new homeland.