I come from an untraditional background into international development. I worked as an engineer for the past 8 years during which time I found myself volunteering extensively with social justice and human rights NGOs. I became a member of Oxfam soon after I moved to Canada in 2006. I am now pursuing a graduate management degree with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Schulich School of Business in York University.
|Some of the most rewarding volunteer work I had done in the past had involved using music as a medium to advocate issues of social justice so I was intrigued by Oxfam’s initiatives in organizing events such as Music4Change and got involved with a volunteer committee to organize events in Toronto.
I continued to volunteer at Oxfam in a summer internship as part of the Public Engagement, Campaigns and Advocacy Team, which was a terrific experience. I was thrilled to be coordinating outreach and campaigning around summer events. Creating opportunities, volunteers and myself to talk to people about the For All campaign at festivals and other community events was very rewarding. The issues behind the campaign link at the local level and at the macro/global level, and the concrete actions Oxfam is encouraging individuals to take to make a real difference at the policy level are a powerful motivator for public engagement and advocacy.
Also, working within the organization, I also got to interact with the driven, energetic and fun staff that makes Oxfam so effective in fulfilling its mission and vision.