Nomination Date: 18/01/2019
Adam Pham was born in 1966 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He studied hard and earned a full scholarship to study abroad. Adam arrived in Kiev in 1986 (right after the Chernobyl disaster) and attended Kiev State University.
Adam’s time in Ukraine was momentous, with the fall of the Soviet Union and the independence of Ukraine. Adam participated in protests in 1991 for Ukrainian independence.
In the following years, Adam continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Education in Moscow, Russia. From those years, Adam saw that without democracy, society became culturally more aggressive and dysfunctional.
Adam arrived in Toronto in 2001 under the Skilled Worker Program without any relatives or friends. The first three years, his family lived in a basement apartment in one of the city’s most economically depressed neighbourhoods. Adam attained a part-time job as an international high school instructor for 3 years.
In 2004, Adam obtained his real estate license. At first, the family could not afford a car, so Adam rode his bicycle to meet with clients, but over the years Adam built a successful real estate business. Now his investment properties have offered safe, clean and affordable housing for people in Parkdale-High Park, and beyond.
Adam and his family are greatly appreciative for all of the opportunities that have been available to them in Canada. They experience gratification in the ability to give back to their country and to their community.
Adam aims to bring Parkdale-High Park’s voice to Ottawa, not the other way around.