Mai-Linh Huynh was born on September 29, 1979 in a refugee camp in Malaysia. She is however not a Malaysian but a full fledged Canadian (but her dark skin will make you think otherwise!). Her ethnic background is Chinese and Vietnamese; her parents and family origins are from South Vietnam and the Fujian Province of China.
In 1980, Mai-Linh and her family were sponsored into Canada as refugees by a Mennonite church community in Northern Saskatchewan. To earn a decent living, her parents owned and operated various Chinese-Canadian restaurants in small rural communities outside of Edmonton. In 1984, her family settled and bought a house in Edmonton, Alberta. It was in this city where Mai-Linh spent most of her childhood, adolescent and young adult life.
Mai-Linh holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology (2001) and Master of Science in Environmental Management (2015). She has extensive field experience surveying/monitoring long-toed salamanders, bats, dragon flies, red squirrels, small mammals, piping plovers, riparian vegetation, and song birds. Such experience involved bird and bat banding, small mammal trapping and handling, snow tracking, plant and animal identification, use of radio telemetry, mist netting…and yes, even “milking”- she has experience “milking” estrous bats and red squirrels…for scientific research purposes of course!
Mai-Linh is a dedicated federal public servant who works for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Most of the time, she loves her work.
Interesting things about me
In 2007 Mai-Linh took a one year hiatus and trotted around the globe to learn many great things about it. And it was in Malaysia where she met Tim, an all-round good English chap who has a passion for guitar, computer programming and everything English (especially English comedy). In spite of the 50 below winters and stringent Canadian immigration laws, she managed to convince Tim to live with her in Canada. They married in June 2011, share two beautiful children, and have settled down into family life in Edmonton Alberta (for the time being).
Mai-Linh loves to share her travel and personal experiences with just about anyone, and hopes that this blog can do just that. Any feedback or comments about her blog would be greatly appreciated!