The Cavalier has been known for its Sauderite of the Month column, where we recognize an outstanding student from the Sauder community each month. To start off this New Year, the Cavalier team is honouring posthumously, David Huynh, our Sauderite of the Year.

David was a double major Accounting and Finance student, and he was very involved in the UBC community. He was a teaching assistant for three different courses, a member of the Board of Directorsand Co-Captain of the JDC West team.

He touched many lives as he was a positive role model who was always encouraging and supportive. He was working at KPMG as a consultant intern, and would have started his final semester of studies this September. David was a facet of accomplishments, and had a significant impact in both his academic and student life.

Social media was filled with peers sharing personal stories and condolences to David. Among them was Yuwei Wei, a third year BCom student, “You were a mentor at your very core, a pillar of positivity, and a man of wisdom – somehow always reassuring me that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Not only were you a star, but you had a light that made everyone else shine. Thank you for shaping who I am today and who I will become.”

A friend and peer, Enzo Woo shared an extremely emotional story of his Undergraduate life alongside David. “At this point, David was (and is) the most loved person in the entire business faculty, and I was eyeing the role of Commerce Student President, a position I had slowly worked my way up to since I first held office with David. Candidly, I had become jealous of David for he was always the more charismatichalf of our duo, and he was somebody who I saw as an unbeatable opponent in any future election. In
the end, like the incredible friend he was, David would inform me that he wouldn’t campaign for the presidency, knowing I wanted it, and focus on his true love: Captaining JDC West. He wished me the best, and said that he believed in me from the beginning – something I will never forget.”

David passed away on July 26th, 2014. We will remember him for the amazing young man he was. Thank you David for your contribution and dedication to the Sauder and UBC community. We will miss you.