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Two MASLM students receive VIU REACH Awards

Congratulations to Monir Shahzeidi and Tung Nguyen for the achievement! Keep up the great work!

The World Leisure Centre of Excellence at Vancouver Island University is pleased to announce that two students from the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management (MASLM) program, Monir Shahzeidi and Tung Nguyen, are recipients of the VIU REACH Award 2020-21.

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Monir Shahzeidi - Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management

Leisure and Quality of Life of Refugee People: A comparative study

Helping refugee people is a passion of my life. We should all support this vulnerable population during these challenging times. Receiving the REACH Award confirms to me that I am a member of a community where everyone cares about humanity and the quality of life of all people. - Monir Shahzeidi MASLM Student

“The global pandemic does not impact all people equally. Refugees, people who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries, experience the dual crises of being without home and country while navigating the complexities of the pandemic and its impacts on life and lifestyle. Supported by the VIU REACH award, Monir Shahzeidi’s work explores the important contribution of leisure to the quality of life of refugees in this dynamic period.” Dr. Garrett Stone – Monir’s Thesis Advisor

Tung camping

Tung Nguyen - Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management

Sex Segregation and the Participation of Transgender Adults in Recreational Sport

As a novice researcher and a first-generation university student, I am so thrilled and honoured to receive the 2020-2021 REACH Award. It validates all of my efforts these past few months and reaffirms the significance of my research towards achieving diversity, equity, and inclusivity in leisure and recreation. – Tung Nguyen MASLM Student

“Tung has a passion for the graduate work he does and is committed to research excellence. He questions his own assumptions and process in ways that are not typical of early career researchers, and I enjoy following how this benefits the integrity of his qualitative approach. Tung's research aspires to have an impact that will make recreational sport more inclusive. With these awards, VIU supports students' ability to influence positive change through their engaged research - and along with student success, that is also something to celebrate!” Dr. Suzanne de la Barre – Tung’s Thesis Advisor

The REACH awards provide VIU students with a stipend to enable them to complete their own independent projects under the mentorship of a VIU employee. To learn more about the REACH Awards and how to apply, please visit:

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