Local Haligonian is applauded during International Volunteer Day

Aisha Abawajy has been a volunteer in Halifax for many years. Ms. Abawajy is a Second year Applied Computer Science Student at Dalhousie with a minor in Political Science. She is involved in various student organizations on campus including the Dalhousie African Student Association and the Dalhousie Amnesty International Chapter. Although Aisha was born and raised in Halifax, NS, her parents both immigrated from Oromia, Ethiopia. Because of her intersectional identity, she understands the value and necessity of diversity in the workforce at school and across all aspects of society.

Ms. Abawajy will be one of the featured speakers for an International Volunteer Day reception, to be hosted by the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, on Monday, December 5th at Nova Scotia Province House.

Ms. Abawajy is passionate about working with other youth and highlighting the positive impacts youth can make in their communities and at large. She has been volunteering with various organizations since she was 11. Her favourite volunteer experiences include cuddling new born babies at the IWK Paediatric Medical Unit and being a camp counsellor at the ACT 4 Global Change Youth Conference. Aisha believes that people should have a personal connection with the community they volunteer with and that the best volunteers are those who serve their communities for the greater good.

"Volunteers are in the unique position to interact with people that they never would have met otherwise. They touch the lives of so many people and the impact it has- big or small- can literally change lives", says Ms. Abawajy.

International Volunteer Day is a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5 th to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere. Volunteers are leading social change around the world. This special day promotes the work of volunteers at all levels, including local, national and international. United Nations Volunteers founded International Volunteer Day in 1985. This year's theme is #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand. For more information, please visit the United Nations Volunteers website.

Find out more about how you can get involved by volunteering with local organizations making a difference here at home and overseas: www.acic-caci.org/volunteer-opportunities.

ACIC is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all.