Ever since I started travelling and learning about different cultures and people I’ve been interested in how I can help out and contribute to the world. After studying International Relations at University and then travelling and living in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa, I decided to pursue my Master’s degree in International Development and Environmental Analysis. I have always been an avid volunteer and believe it is important to be involved in your community.
I have volunteered with Oxfam in Boston, the UK, Australia and now Vancouver. I agree strongly with Oxfam’s approach to development and working from the bottom up to build capacity and empower individuals.
Since arriving in Vancouver, I have been helping coordinate the For All Public Service Campaign in Vancouver. Our main objective has been to spread the word and educate Canadians on the value and importance of public services and put pressure on the Canadian government to deliver more and better aid to countries and areas in need. I have been helping the Vancouver campaign put together public screenings and a fundraising and awareness-building concert.
One of the most rewarding experiences of working with Oxfam has been signing up new members and generating interest in new areas of the community. It is always exciting to find new and interesting people who care about what is happening in the world and see a need for change.
I have learned that small victories are the key to change. It is gradual changes and advances that are important in the long run and by celebrating the small victories and building on them, people can create bigger and more significant changes.