I have been a regular donor for several years now and I am on the Oxfam Maritimes Regional Steering Committee. I am also involved at the local level in PEI, working with other volunteers to organize tabling and outreach at community events, such as getting petitions signed for the Public Services For All campaign. I also recently helped organize two events on the Island with Glenise Leventhal, an Oxfam partner from South Africa, who spoke on gender equality.
I’m a graduate of the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba where I specialized in Human Development and later did a special studies program on nutrition. I try to be as involved as possible in various social justice organizations and other non- profit groups. I have seen that Oxfam was well established and credible organization that was doing its best to help people to live a fairer and more fulfilling life. My family has been active in supporting the issues Oxfam works on for many years.
My most rewarding experience as an Oxfam member has been teaching people about issues such as fair trade and seeing people join the organization because of the outreach I have done as a volunteer.
I have learnt that there is much more injustice in the world than I previously believed. One little hour out of my life to show up somewhere with the Oxfamd is play in hand can make a big difference. My 7 year old daughter likes handing out the brochures with me and telling her friends about how we can make a difference.