MY COMMUNITY, MY BEAUTIFUL WOOD BUFFALO
I hold a strong passion for volunteering and the importance of giving back was something showed and taught to me by my parents. When I moved to Fort McMurray in 2007, I instantly began volunteering throughout the city to learn more about its residents. Volunteering not only introduced me to like-minded individuals, but I have made strong networking connections and lasting friendships because of it.
If you would like to give back in the Wood Buffalo region by volunteering or donating; click on the links and/or visit the social media tags shown below. This is a list of the social-profit organizations and community initiatives I am actively involved with, but not limited to.
"Being involved in the community makes you feel like you own a piece of it."
President, Fort McMurray Environment Committee
Each year, Alberta celebrates Environment Week during the first week of June.
The Fort McMurray Environment Committee (FMEC) plans and hosts local events in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo community.
Find us on Twitter @YMMFMEC and on Facebook at Fort McMurray Environment Week. Learn more at www.fmec.org
2008: The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Civic Award for Environmental Achievement
Co-Founder & Media Director, World Hijab Day YMM
World Hijab Day YMM is a day dedicated to celebrating diversity with education and awareness in Fort McMurray, Alberta in correlation with World Hijab Day - which is recognized world-wide on February 1 each year.
The brainchild of this movement is a New York resident, Nazma Khan, who came up with the idea as a means to foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting all women to experience the hijab for one day.
For updates on World Hijab Day YMM, follow on Twitter: @WHDYMM
Communications Coordinator, TEDxFortMcMurray
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The local event is called TEDxFortMcMurray, where x = independently organized event. At the event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. Individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized.
To learn more, click on the link to the TEDx page. For updates and information, follow on Twitter: @TEDxFtMcMurray & on Facebook at TEDxFortMcMurray
Member-at-Large & Past Guest Editor, NorthWord Literary Magazine
NorthWord Literary Magazine is a non-profit publication created by the Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers.
On March 8, 2014, the tenth issue was released and, what began as a 300 copy count, has now swelled to 1,000 and continues to grow.
To learn more, go to NorthWord Magazine online or on Facebook.
(Meeting dates are posted on their Facebook page and Twitter feed).
2013: Guest Editor for Issue #9 "Change", secured exclusive cover from artist Lucas Seaward
Co-Founder, YMM Young Urban Professionals
YMM Young Urban Professionals' purpose is to bring all of the young urban professionals (YUPs) of Fort McMurray together to network and engage.
With a dedicated team planning and operating monthly programs/workshops hosted by local business professionals, YUPs will have the opportunity to learn insightful tools and gain resourceful contacts to help better their own business and professional expertise.
To learn more and join the conversation, go to www.YMMYUP.com
Former Board Member, Volunteer Wood Buffalo (2009-2013)
Volunteer Wood Buffalo promotes, develops and supports volunteerism in the Wood Buffalo region by encouraging residents to embrace volunteerism to enhance engagement in creating community.
Today, Volunteer Wood Buffalo has a merged entity with Leadership Wood Buffalo and Nonprofit Sector Link titled: FuseSocial.
To learn more and/or find local volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer Wood Buffalo online.