From Vietnam to Aberdeenshire

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A FORMER Vietnam prisoner of war who escaped and eventually arrived in the UK at the age of 32, is to retire from his post with Aberdeenshire Council this month.

Very sheltered housing coordinator Son Tran will say farewell to Abbey Court and will be missed by many staff at Aberdeenshire Council as well as residents he has supported over 22 years working within the Housing and Social Work Service.

His retiral follows a long and varied career and interesting background that has taken him from a communist camp in Vietnam to working in social care supporting older people in Aberdeenshire.

Son (63), is originally from Vietnam where he was studying to be a doctor before joining the South Vietnamese army.

He was involved in the Vietnam War and captured by the communist North then sent to prison where he escaped and eventually arrived in the UK as a refugee.

Son rebuilt his life in the UK and his first job was as a care assistant and gardener at a care home in England before making a move to Scotland with his wife and children in 1990.

Working as an assistant warden initially Son started working at Burnside Court Sheltered Housing in Mintlaw and then assistant co-ordinator at Dawson Court Sheltered Housing in Turriff where he studied for a Diploma in Social Work.

Son then became a coordinator at Doocot View Sheltered Housing where he worked for 16 years.

Most recently Son has worked as co-ordinator at Abbey Court Very Sheltered Housing in Mintlaw.

Very sheltered housing and day services manager Keith Nunn said: “Son has dedicated his life and career in Britain to working in care services and has made friends wherever he has been.

“The people he has worked with, and for, over the years have thought highly of him and he will be sorely missed by all.”

Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council Colin Mackenzie added: “Son has made a huge contribution towards improving the lives of many vulnerable people and we wish him all the very best .”