Throughout my life I have had a keen interest in human rights and how I can make a difference in the world. I was introduced to Oxfam through some friends who were starting an Oxfamvolunteer group inWinnipeg. I knew from the first meeting that this was the group I had been looking to join. Every member was passionate and driven, knowledgeable and compassionate. Our group began to have regular meetings as we immersed ourselves in the community by putting on events raising awareness and funds for Oxfam’s work. This summer Iworked as a summer student in Winnipegfor the Prairie Regional officeof Oxfam Canada.
I am a grade 12 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate and after I graduate I am planning to study in the International Development and Human Rights programs at the University of Winnipeg. I have spent a great deal of my young-adult life volunteering in a variety of situations, however, my experiences with Oxfam have definitely stood out among the rest.
The reason I find that Oxfam is unique from other human rights organizations is because of the level of commitment each of its members displays as well as the sense of community in all its work. Oxfam goes the extra mile to ensure that the work being done is addressing the very root causes of poverty in an environmentally sustainable way.
My work with Oxfam has changed my life in so many ways. It has given me the knowledge and ability to combat the issues that I really care about as well as the skills to approach a campaign in an effective way. By being part of this organization I have been given a voice and a sense not only that I can make a difference, but that I am supported by so many others with the same mission. Through my work with Oxfam, I now understand that our collective positive impact can be infinitely more powerful.