In the News Again, 32 Years Later

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Folks on the west coast of British Columbia who hear the words “Traffic is moving well” on any given morning may be listening to the voice of Ann Luu, the newly appointed traffic specialist for CTV B.C.’s Morning Live.

The Luu family (back row, l-r): Lynn, Helen, Tim, Ann, Nicole; (front row, l-r): parents Kieu and Mui, Laura

Luu traces her Canadian roots to Living Hope Christian Reformed Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she and her family were welcomed 32 years ago.

The church sponsored Kieu and Mui Luu and their six children, one of whom was Ann. Church member Tina Kruk was instrumental in helping the Luus settle into their new community.

Luu was a young child when she, her parents, four sisters and one brother made a treacherous boat trip to Malaysia, fleeing war-torn Vietnam. Prior to that, her parents had fled communist China. Their arrival in Canada was an answer to hopes and prayers.

Now retired, the elderly Luus moved on from Living Hope, joining a local Chinese church where they felt comfortable within their own language group. They take great joy in the achievement of their six children, who all have university degrees.

Dreams have come true for this family—and still do. “Traffic reporting is a dream assignment for me,” said Luu. She lives in nearby White Rock with her husband. “We do our best to stay in touch with the CRC families that helped us settle down in Canada.”

The Luu family was one of a number of families sponsored by Living Hope CRC in the late 70s. More recently the church has sponsored people from Iraq, Sudan, and Syria. The church community is presently awaiting permission to sponsor two more families who have fled from Turkey and are waiting in Cyprus.

News clip about Ann Luu

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a teacher/librarian in Langley, British Columbia.

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