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Julie Harris

Julie Harris

by Oxfam | May 17, 2010

I recently completed my Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies in Germany where I lived for approximately 5 years. My main focus during my masters was human rights, conflict resolution, international law, security issues, and terrorism. Although, I didn’t specifically focus on development during my studies, the underlying focus was justice, equality, and a better standard of living for people all over the world. This is what I am truly passionate about, and it is very clear to me that I want to work in the humanitarian sector, to improve the lives of others. I believe that this is a rewarding career path, and something that I would enjoy doing and would feel great about doing every day.

Upon my return to Toronto I looked into opportunities for social involvement with Oxfam Canada. I noticed the Toronto office was looking for volunteers and decided to attend an information session. I attended and was pleased with what I heard, and decided to get involved.

I have been an active volunteer in Oxfam’s summer outreach program. I have campaigned at various events such as PRIDE, Afrofest, and the Coldplay concert. In addition, I have been spreading awareness about Oxfam and its campaigns to friends, family, and acquaintances. It has been a truly rewarding experience, where I have met many dedicated and wonderful people who share the same passion as me. I also feel as though I am making a difference and contributing to society it is a great feeling.

I have learned that there are a lot of great people, who are willing to sacrifice their time for a good cause. I have also noticed that my work with Oxfam increases my motivation to follow a career path in the humanitarian sector and to not give up on my dream even though times are rough with the financial crisis right now. I have also gained reassurance from Oxfam staff members, and volunteer coordinators that this is something I excel at I am on the right path. Overall I have gained a great sense of self achievement and have learned a lot about various Oxfam programs and international issues.

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