My work with Results has taught me that advocacy is easier than you think to make that connection between ‘I care about these things’ and ‘let me pass that on to someone who has a little bit more decision making power than myself.’ I show compassion in choosing to work in global health; the work that I do on a daily basis has an impact in trying to make the world a better place.
A volunteer experience that’s really stayed with me was mangrove conservation work in Madagascar. It was such a beautiful and unique country, and especially the community that I worked in - remote with less than 100 people living on the coast. Being able to see the communities on the ground working with a small budget and how they were able to improve their livelihoods by changing their habits - the stopping of cutting down mangroves, protecting fish species that had been disappearing - that has really inspired the work that I do.
Results has empowered me to step out of my comfort zone, speak up for those who cannot, and take action to end extreme poverty. My favourite thing about Results is getting to work with a passionate and like-minded group of people dedicated to making the world a better place. As an international development student, I aspire to improve the lives of others and Results has shown me how easy it can be to make a difference from within my own city.
My most inspiring volunteer experience was when I was living in Belgium. I spent Christmas Day preparing and serving food to homeless people and refugees in Brussels. We chatted with people from many different backgrounds, handed out gifts, and played tag with the children. On a day that I had previously set aside for family, it was really great to meet new people and give my time to the community.
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.
What attracted me to work at Results was how engaged and caring the people are. Everyone working at Results is focused on making the world a better place which has empowered me to voice my opinion on critically important issues such as global health. I believe having a society full of people willing to engage with decision makers is critical to maintaining a healthy democracy. My favourite thing about Results is that the volunteers and staff accomplish a lot of advocacy work but still manage to find time for some fun.
My most inspiring volunteer experience so far has been helping to organize the Run for a New Start fundraising campaign supporting the Ottawa Immigration Services Organization and Refugee 613 programs. Through an amazing group of dedicated volunteer walkers and runners, we recruited a team of over 100 participants in the Ottawa Race weekend and exceeded all fundraising expectations for local immigrant and refugee programs. It was inspiring to see volunteers light up with excitement and pride in what they had accomplished together.
My favourite thing about working at Results is being able to do work that I believe in and that aligns with my values. This is an environment where if you have an idea, you can take it, run with it, and people are there to support you, empower you, and work with you.
Everyday I try to acknowledge people that I see when I’m walking down the street by smiling, saying hi, waving, and talking to people in elevators. It makes a social situation feel a little bit easier and it makes me feel human in a city. My most inspiring volunteer experience was when I was an undergrad student working on a Fairtrade campus initiative. A group of us were trying to get the university to buy more equitable products and source things like coffee, tea, and chocolate more sustainably. We actually made some significant changes at the university which amounted to around $2 million worth of Fairtrade coffee sales that supported small scale producers in the Global South.
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.
My favourite thing about Results is the growth potential for everyone involved with the organization - from volunteers to staff. Since working here, I’ve learned so much about how vital global health is to eradicate poverty. It has expanded my international development background in worker’s rights, gender equality and economic opportunities linked to fair trade. The people who volunteer with Results are incredibly special in my view - they are a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and energy. They are always willing to learn more and expand their skills in order to create a more positive impact for people living in poverty in the Global South. They make things happen and they generate the political will needed! Results is an amazing reminder about the power of people coming together.
Mexico was my most inspiring volunteer experience. I was there for 4 months working in a centre for children living in poverty. I supported the teachers, taught English and gave workshops on environment and cultural differences. That’s where I understood the privilege I have, the power of people coming together, and the need to talk to people in a mindful manner.
My favourite thing about working at Results is the relationships you build - with Members of Parliament (MPs), our volunteers, staff, and like-minded individuals which creates a sense of community like no other. I feel I can use my many years of experience on Parliament Hill for the greater good in the world. It’s helped me build relationships with MPs from all parties to take action to show that our work is not a partisan issue. Results has taught me it’s never over ‘til it’s over, that the political will is the only way to see progress, and that better is always possible.
My most inspiring volunteer experience was when I was working with the City of Ottawa with this youth group. We would drive up to parks to talk to teens about the things they’re going through and letting them know what resources were available. It was a great way for me to connect with the community, be a leader, and help show them that they’re not alone in the struggles that they faced.
My favourite thing about working at Results is working with a team of compassionate, caring, highly intelligent, and motivated individuals who are all striving towards the same vision of a world without extreme poverty. It has empowered me by allowing me to turn my passion into meaningful employment, and taught me that advocacy has the greatest chance at success when you have advocates as diverse as possible engaged in the process.
I’m constantly advocating for different social justice issues outside of the workplace. My most inspiring volunteer experience was working at Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter in Halifax. I took every opportunity I could to speak to the guests and understand what their stories were. That inspired me to recognize that poverty doesn’t just exist in isolation - there are social determinants that impact people’s livelihoods and exclude them from different opportunities.
I’ve worked with Results for over four years and have learned so much about grassroots advocacy. Prior to joining Results I worked for the Canadian government and the United Nations which gave me a good perspective on how government works, and how policy and funding decisions are made. Other issues I’m passionate about include animal rights, and getting more women into politics.
Results has empowered me as I can see directly how the actions of volunteers and staff are having a real impact on government decision-making. No action is too small and working here has empowered me to use my advocacy skills on issues I care about outside of global poverty, making me a more engaged citizen. We have an incredibly smart, ambitious, professional and dynamic team. We get things done but have a lot of fun doing so!
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.
Anyone who knows Robyn knows she is full of life and cares deeply about global health issues. Since joining Results Canada in August of 2019 as the Global Health and Tuberculosis (TB) Campaigns Officer, she continuously motivates the team and works hard to drive big impacts for the organization, and in particular for the TB community.
Robyn holds a BSc in Healthy Promotion from Dalhousie University, a Graduate Diploma from the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health, and an MSc in Global Health from McMaster University.
Robyn is currently a PhD candidate through the University of London, focusing on the moral legitimacy of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ”Having strong moral legitimacy is important for development NGOs as it attracts support from volunteers, staff, and donors while facilitating ethical development practice. This improves development outcomes, protects both the recipients and deliverers of aid, and promotes a positive organizational culture.”
Prior to working at Results Canada, Robyn gained experience as an international development and global health practitioner working for WaterAid UK and UN Water, as well as taking on consultancy contracts to drive forward the work plan of the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) working group of the Neglected Disease NGDO Network (NNN).
During her free time, Robyn loves to write and speak out about social justice, using blog posts and social media to question the status quo and raise awareness about important issues. Ever since high school, Robyn has had the determination to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. She proved this when she became the first female quarterback on an all-boys high school tackle football team.
Her time at Results has given Robyn the opportunity to immerse herself into her passion for social justice and advocacy while continuing to learn and work toward making a difference. “Results has taught me that advocacy has the greatest chance at success when you have as many diverse advocates engaged in the process as possible. Working with academics, politicians, and volunteers, and trying to pull in as many voices as possible, is what creates the greatest impact.”