One of the aspects that drew me to working for Results Canada is I love how the organization defines itself as an “honest broker”: putting the pursuit of impact ahead of ego or organizational posturing. I think this is such a rare quality in international development! People don’t just “work” at Results – they are on a mission to change the world, one action at a time. I love the passion every single one of us put behind our work.
Compassion is an important part of my daily life as I believe we are all interconnected. I try to pay attention, listen, and provide support when I can. One of my most memorable volunteer experiences was with an organization called Nutrition for Education and Development in Ethiopia. I learned a great deal about involving communities in the design and implementation of activities.
Results has shown me that a world free of poverty is possible and it’s inspired me to see that even as an individual, I can be part of big change and that I can impact lives. I have a view of the world in which I believe that people are fundamentally good. When you have that outlook it’s easy then to view the world with compassion, empathy and hope.
One of the more powerful moments in my time with Results was when there was a danger of our losing funding for tuberculosis. One of our volunteers who had never written a Letter to the Editor before, pushed herself to learn about the issues and sent her letter to her local newspaper and it got published. The next day, the Minister for International Development responded to her letter and the funding cuts that we knew were going to happen, did not happen. I felt like that volunteer changed the world that day.
I have a passion for advocacy, public policy, civic engagement, and maintaining a strong civil society, so Results was a natural fit for me. I find it so inspiring to see that so many people donate their time to be a part of this movement. It’s incredible that people are putting themselves out there in the media and talking to their MPs to advocate for what they believe in, and that they believe in being involved as good global citizens.
My first formal volunteering experience in advocacy was when I was a very young teen; my friends and I printed out petition pages asking PM Harper not to withdraw Canada form the Kyoto Protocol. When we weren’t set up at a table at the cafeteria, I would whip out those pages every chance I got!
A world free of poverty is possible – this optimism is what drew me to Results Canada. The people I meet, the actions I see, and the conversations I’m a part of everyday fuel the fire in me to keep fighting for impact. Our team does not believe in saviours, only strong advocates and the power of collective action. This belief, coupled with our unwavering commitment to take action in everyday life, is what makes Results Canada exemplar.
In 2010, I volunteered with a humanitarian organization in India to advocate for the rights of Sri Lankan refugees. I was introduced to concepts like anti-oppression and the power of bringing voices from the community to the decision-making table. It also taught me to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view – a skill that has helped me build allies and make lifelong friends who empower me in my journey as an advocate of social justice and health equity.
Being at Results Canada, I have learned that people truly can come together from across Canada and make a great impact while working toward the common goal to end extreme poverty. As the Communications Coordinator, I am a part of the launch for each monthly campaign, including sharing it on social media. Each month it is motivating to see the actions Results community members are taking on issues that matter to them. It's amazing to be part of such a connected national advocacy team.
My most inspiring volunteer experience was when I volunteered with a local grassroots group of women that raised money and goods to donate to women’s centres throughout the Ottawa area. We delivered everything on Galentine’s Day, February 13, to give those visiting the centres a special treat on a day dedicated to celebrating the friendships and connections between women. We received more donations than we could have expected, which reminds me of the difference a few people can make.
I really appreciate working for an organization that is doing something good for the world. I’ve travelled extensively and I’ve seen people live in different types of economic situations. It’s really important that Canadians try to improve and better other people’s lives around the world, and it’s good to be a part of that.
Compassion is a key part of my life. As a yoga teacher compassion is part of our practice. We try daily to walk through life with compassion for every human, animal, and plant, and to connect with love, strength and compassion. I sometimes volunteer at a temple in Ottawa where we prepare food to serve at homeless shelters. It always teaches me so much when interacting, connecting and sharing with others. I take my daughter so that she learns about giving her free time; to work together with different people, and to give of yourself to other people. Volunteering and giving service is so important.
I have been an active volunteer for 12 years, and now with Results I can take what I’ve learned and advocate for a world free of poverty. My favourite thing about working at Results is being in a dynamic environment with committed individuals who show a lot of passion for their work. Being a part of such a great group gives me a sense of belonging and purpose.
My most inspiring volunteer experience was writing a petition to the East African Legislative Assembly asking for the inclusion and recognition of young people in decision-making processes and employment opportunities. Working with my colleagues, I was inspired by the power of teamwork and commitment we had for the cause.
As an advocate for health equity and social justice, Results Canada immediately felt like a perfect match for me. With a staff of passionate and intelligent advocates and the support of international partners and volunteers from across Canada, Results has reinforced my confidence in the ability to make a meaningful difference and end extreme poverty. There is a tremendous sense of community at Results, which inspires me to use my voice while amplifying the voices of those around me. I strive to lead with compassion in every aspect of my life, as I believe with compassion we can better connect with others and the world around us.
My most inspiring volunteer experience was working as a Recreational Art Therapy Volunteer at my local rehabilitation hospital. I would visit with the residents and engage in visual art activities with them, which offered an escape from their current reality and provided some much-appreciated social support. This volunteer position solidified my desire to use my abilities to help improve the quality of life of others.
I believe that advocacy is one of the most important tools anyone can use to change systems that perpetuate inequities in the world, including poverty. I feel like my work at Results is a powerful way I can contribute to an end to extreme poverty. I love getting to meet so many interesting and passionate people in my work. From our volunteers to parliamentarians and partners around the world – there is always the opportunity for interesting conversations about the issues people care about most. Now more than ever we need to engage more Canadians in the fight for a more just future.
Outside of my work on global justice issues I’m a huge animal lover! I lend support to animal rescue organizations and animal rights charities in my spare time. I am also a long-time vegetarian and have my own rescue mutt named Diego who always keeps me active and entertained.
My work at Results Canada has taught me the importance of remaining hopeful and optimistic in an evolving and expanding global world, while allowing me to experience the impact and power of a group of individuals working towards a common goal. Every day I come into the office and learn of a new action taken by a colleague, volunteer, or Parliamentarian that moves us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal of ending extreme poverty.
Through my position as Parliamentary Officer I have the opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament and Senators on important global health issues, and create an ongoing platform for advocacy, awareness and action. I’m able to witness the importance of our constantly growing volunteer network and the essential role they play in the political sphere. Our volunteers are everyday people that convey the importance of global health to their respective Members of Parliament, leading ultimately to action and real change.
Before joining Results Canada in early 2022, Peace Mukazi didn’t know about the power of advocacy that she’s come to know now. Aware that she had a lot to learn, during a visit to Uganda this summer, Peace attended a debate among university students about tactics to end extreme poverty in their hometown. The students inspired her to leverage the power of advocacy to speak about issues and to be part of the solution.
One of the most exciting experiences she’s had as an advocate so far was calling for Canada’s pledge to the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund: “Doing the Global Fund campaign was hard, ambitious, and challenging, but it was worth the time we spent because endemic diseases are real and ending them isn’t a fun game but a life-saving measure.”
Outside of her work, Peace is completing a graduate program in conflict studies and likes to relax while listening to music, reading, and baking. She is always open to new knowledge and skills - whether in academic subjects or dancing.
For Peace, the best part about Results is its talented and passionate people who, united under the same mission to end extreme poverty, have devoted themselves to taking action by becoming staff and volunteers. “Advocacy goes deep to find the inner voice,” Peace thinks, it is about “the care and compassion we have on matters we’d like to see improve.”