Please scroll through this page to see the bios of our ILV Committee for 2018. We are looking forward to making this a wonderful year for all ILV members, and we hope to get your input on what you are looking for in your membership. If you have an idea for a speaker for Coffee Morning, a discount provider, or an outing or activity you’d like to bring forward for consideration, we’d love to hear from you.
If you are a current ILV member and interested in joining the ILV Committee, most of us are here on indefinite assignments so ILV occasionally has unexpected committee vacancies that need to be filled during the year. Those vacancies are filled by a vote of the current Committee, based on members volunteering for a position or being nominated.
You don’t have to speak or write perfect English to take these positions, and you will be provided with lots of help to get you started and as we carry on through the year.
Being on the ILV Committee is very rewarding, and is a great way to provide your valuable input for the benefit of all members. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to nominate you, or to nominate yourself for the position you are interested in. The Committee wants YOU!
Jay is a people person who has lived in many countries, loves to travel, and likes to help where she can. According to Jay, "ILV made my start here very easy. I want to make a difference this year!
Pärla has been in Saigon since 2014 and still loves discovering new places in this bustling city. She thinks ILV is an awesome group to make new friends and to enjoy Saigon and Vietnam to the fullest.
Jana is from the US and moved to HCMC after four years in Hong Kong. She is enjoying the city and being part of ILV. Jana is looking forward to organizing ILV's social events.
Caroline arrived in HCMC a a year ago from France. This is her first expat experience and she has gotten into the spirit! She likes to meet people from other countries and welcome them to ILV.
Lori arrived in HCMC in December 2016 from Mumbai. Born in Ireland, Lori has been an expat in various countries including Jordan, Romania and Mexico. Lori is enjoying exploring life in Vietnam and loves outdoor activities. Wherever she has lived, Lori has found the friendship and support of the international women's community a "lifesaver". Lori sees being part of the ILV committee as a wonderful way to give a little back to the community.
Jayne arrived in HCMC full time in April 2017 after living 12 years in The United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi & Dubai). Whilst there she took part in the first group of Breast Cancer Survivors to travel to Antarctica from the Middle East. Jayne continues to be part of the International support group based in Dubai. Jayne can be found at the New Membership Desk and would welcome any suggestions and ideas to improve The Welcome Experience!
Activities & Outings
Archana has lived in Vietnam for over three years. Having organized events for adults and children as a hobby in Dubai, Zurich and now in HCMC, Archana is looking forward to bringing in fun outings for all of us here in ILV. Archana says: "I need all of your ideas! Please email me at email@example.com (or catch me at Coffee Mornings) with your suggestions and I will try my best to make them happen!"
Community Liaison & Coffee Morning Coordinator
Maila is from the Philippines and has lived in Vietnam for a total of 10 years. Her husband is from Denmark and they have a 12 year old son going to SSIS. In addition to the Philippines and Vietnam, Maila has lived in Bangladesh, Sweden and Denmark. Maila likes going to the gym and swimming. Or rather, she says she doesn't really like to go to either one, but forces herself to go to make up for her love of cheese and wine.
Ann is from Melbourne, Australia and has lived in HCM city since March 2015. Although she has travelled to Vietnam with her husband previously this is her first time living overseas. She thinks ILV is a wonderful and . interesting social network and a wonderful introduction to ex- pat life. Ann has been on the committee previously as Activities Co-ordinator and stepped in to the role of Guest Speakers Co-ordinator when it left vacant earlier in the year. She loves to meet new people as this has been an ideal role to fill. She is always looking for new speakers.
Gillian was born in England, but moved to Perth, Western Australia 35 years ago. She has been busy raising four children while her husband worked overseas. With the children grown, Gillian took the opportunity to join her husband on this assignment, and they have been in HCMC since March 2017. Gillian likes to meet people from other countries and loves being part of ILV. If there are any quality businesses you would like to be added to our Discount Programme please email her.
Social Media Coordinator
Susanne is from Sweden and moved to Vietnam April 2018. Before Vietnam she lived in Greece and many years ago in Singapore. She likes being part of an International organisation getting to know people from different countries. She is also looking forward to learn more about Social media. If you have any suggestions about happenings or events in Saigon that could be of interest for ILV members please contact her for posting on Facebook.