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ON THE MOVE
“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the ‘normal people’ as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like ‘Have a nice day’ and ‘Weather’s awful today, eh?’ you yearn inside to say forbidden things like ‘Tell me something that makes you cry’ or ‘What do you think deja vu is for?’ Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everybody carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.”
— Timothy Leary
International Student Volunteers | Participant (2009) I spent a summer semester abroad in South Africa volunteering in a local community outside East London. During my time there, we focused on a combination of manual labour - rebuilding local infrastructure - and community and youth engagement - teaching in classrooms and encouraging extra-curricular participation.
Right to Play UK | Women's Advisory Co-Chair (2016 - Current) I sat on the McGill Chapter’s Right to Play committee during all four years of McGill, and following my relocation to London, I sought out a more significant role in the organization. My involvement over the past year has been a Co-Chair for the Women’s Network, focusing on encouraging female youth’s participation in sport in local communities.
The Catalog for Giving | Junior Advisory Member (2014-2016) The Catalog for Giving is an umbrella organization that provides financial and operational assistance to a select group of New York-based grassroots charities focused on improving the lives of “at risk” youth in the local region. My role included monthly strategic commitment, board participation, membership assessment, and quarterly volunteer commitment to at least 3 of the cohort charities.
TCF | Competitor (2013) I competed on behalf of a grassroots charity called Literature for Life for a $30,000 grant in a several month-long case competition. We were selected as finalists for the grant provided by the Toronto Community Foundation, but the panelists at KPMG felt so strongly for our cause, they volunteered to match the donation to enable our charity to launch their local initiatives.
KPMG | Community Leader Award Participant (2014) Awarded the Community Leader Award for greatest contribution that fiscal year to the KPMG community. Throughout the year, I was a team leader of the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 250km cycle fundraiser for cancer, headed up Communications for the GenNext Committee, seeking to engage KPMG’s young people in social impact initiatives, and participated in regular events such as the CN Tower climb for United Way and the Me to We WeDay event leadership.
Duke of Edinburgh Award | Gold Award Recipient (2011) Award for Canadians aiming to develop well-rounded skills through encouraging personal discovery, perseverance and self-reliance. Over the course of four years, I committed to hundreds of hours of community service, personal skill development, athletic endeavors, and expedition participation. In addition, I mentored a girl through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 2 years while in Toronto to support her personal development.
Clinton Foundation 20/30 | Junior Advisory Member (2014-2016) I began working with the youth engagement arm of the Clinton Foundation at its nascence, attending local conferences, speaker series, and fundraising. I collaborated with other motivated young professionals to identify areas for engagement on pressing international matters.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award | Gold Level Recipient (2007) After 4 years of investment, I was presented with my gold level Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) award from the Governor General of Canada. The DofE award is a personal achievement award for young Canadians aiming to develop well-rounded skills, encourages personal discovery and growth, perseverance and self-reliance.
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