Jasmine Kassam was raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is presently a 3rd year Honours Business Administration Student at Ivey. Outside of Ivey, Jasmine is the President of Free the Children Western, which raises money for students in developing nations. She was recently awarded the Free the Children National Youth Award, in honor of her dedication towards philanthropy efforts. Additionally, she is the Senior Development Officer for a non-profit organization called Children’s Birthday Miracles that hosts birthday parties for homeless children. In Jasmine’s spare time, she enjoys Bollywood dancing, volunteering, and travelling.
Personal Definition of Sustainability
Sustainability is a term that encompasses economic, environmental, and social conditions. This involves meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability for future generations to live in a society that meets their needs. Sustainability is to not be harmful to any aspect of our world, in order to uphold the world’s current state.
I have been involved with Free the Children since 2008, which is an organization that has created many sustainable projects for youth to be involved in. In the summer of 2011, I travelled to Ecuador with Free the Children to build schools for children in developing nations. Additionally, last February, I travelled to Holguin, Cuba for a Spanish Service Learning Trip to assist in planting crops for farmers, volunteering at a disabled children’s school, and volunteering at seniors homes. For the upcoming summer, I hope to volunteer if any sustainability projects are available in my community. In previous years, I have volunteered with Relay for Life, therefore I hope to continue my involvement with that initiative. Lastly, if I am able to partake in the Community Service Learning trip in Africa, I hope to do that in the summer.