Hi OPIRG! With my approachability and passion for supporting others, I would love to be your Resource Centre Coordinator. My advocacy and research started around grade 7, when after a project on organic food with friends, I spearheaded an organic garden for classes to learn about the benefits of local, organic produce and growing food. Currently, I volunteer for the OPIRG Community Garden, and as a Board Director, I would love to plan initiatives including the garden.
I have volunteered for other social justice causes, including Good Food Truck, a food security initiative in Vancouver’s East Side, and a fundraiser for Care Canada programs assisting women in Kenya and South Sudan with food and water security. As a PR Officer for McMaster Golden Z, I helped lead several events raising funds and awareness for feminist and 2SLGBTQIA+ causes and organisations including Inasmuch House, a shelter for women-identified and non-binary people with or without children experiencing abuse and/or homelessness. I hope to use my skills of promotion and communication to support OPIRG PIPs and events.
These experiences, which required collaboration, empathy, research, and organisation, enabled me to thrive in my current role as a Student Wellness Advisory Committee, for which I share the perspectives of students and develop ideas with McMaster Health Promoters and other student leaders to help shape services. I also co-lead an OPIRG-funded Asian Author Book Club, for which I help lead discussions surrounding stories and issues of the Asian diaspora, particularly immigrants, refugees, and their children, at the resource centre.
I hope to continue to be a community leader and supporter through the OPIRG Board and resource centre, sharing innovative ideas and ongoing support for equity, environmentalism, and empowerment. As well, I hope I can share my love for reading and writing activist literature through the Library!