I'm an ambitious, driven fourth year student at the Richard Ivey School of Business, pursuing a dual degree with Health Science. After completing a year at Ivey, I knew that I did not want to follow a traditional career path. I want to be able to wake up every day knowing that I am creating positive change and making a valuable contribution to society. Through my role managing the Discovery Series with Nspire Innovation Network, a student-run NPO dedicated to building strategic leaders, I have ran events geared towards inspiring and empowering fellow students to step out of the box with me and challenge the possibilities.
Personal Definition of Sustainability
Sustainability is the idea that future generations should have the same or greater access to social, environmental, and economic resources as the current generation. To me, the core of sustainability stems in reducing the dependence on finite resources (i.e. non-renewable resources and aid) to a point where we can create a self-sustaining, regenerative community.
This past summer I decided against partaking in the formal recruiting process and participated in the pilot of Ivey's Service Learning in Africa course. I travelled to Mombasa, Kenya where I taught 100 Kenyan students business cases with the goal of developing their critical decision-making skills. I strongly believe that the key to development is to equip others with the skills to manage their own resources and come up with their own solutions, aligning with the idea of sustainability.
In my last weeks in Mombasa, I volunteered at an early childhood development centre (EDC) with AKDN. Between the ages of 0 and 5, children experience a phase of accelerated growth. The education, care, and attention they receive during this crucial period of development have a significant effect on their future. If effectively applied, this can provide a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society. I assisted the teachers in their curricula by showing them new teaching methods and educational games from Canada that could be applied in an African context.
In high-school, I was the President of our largest student-club, JETS (Justice and Equality Throughout Society) focused on fostering social sustainability, an aspect of sustainability sometimes overlooked. Through a partnership with the city, our team completed a Hate Crimes Victim Advocate certificate program focused on maintaining/creating equal access to social resources in marginalized populations for inter and intra generational equity.