Speaker Bio:
Major Samson Young


English & French

Speaking Topics:

Chinese Labour Corps in WWI; Chinese-Canadians soldiers in WWI & WWII; Peacekeeping; United Nations; Refugee experience, Technology

Major Samson Young is a first generation Canadian who immigrated to Canada as one of those thousands of refugees from South-East Asia. He is a Signals officer (RCCS) who joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 and has been to two peacekeeping missions and two taskings (one in Canada and one at SHAPE (NATO)): 2006 in Bosnia, 2013 in D.R. Congo, 2014 in North West Territories and 2016 in Belgium. He has lived in three countries in three different political systems, from monarchy to communist in Laos, to monarchy in Thailand and now in a democratic system in Canada. Below are links to his stories: Radio Interview by CKCU FM (Ottawa) for Asian Heritage Month (aired on 18 May 2015). His work experience in the D.R. Congo in 2013. His participation with the Ex MERCURY TREK, a cross-Canada journey on a bicycle in 2003 as part of centennial celebration of the founding of Military Communications and Electronics Branch. Besides his daily military work, Major Young has been the Military Co-Chair of DVMAG-NCR (Defence Visible Minority Advisory Group – National Capital Region) from 2015 to 2017. As one of his volunteer works, he is working as an interpreter/translator with Languages of Life Inc. via an on-call basis. He is also a volunteer speaker with Passages Canada and during the week leading up to Remembrance Day, with National Veterans’ Week Speaker Program.


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