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.
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!
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.
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 is about being globally conscious and recognizing that your place as an individual is within a larger global society. It's about realizing that little actions can add up to a big, real impact. Your voice is important and when you use it strategically with others it can be extremely influential. My favourite thing about Results is that I get to engage with people from diverse backgrounds who truly believe that positive change in the world is possible and act accordingly.
My volunteer experiences in peer support roles for other students has always been inspiring to me. In these roles, you hope that there is something that you can offer to your peers such as being a mentor, connecting them to resources, and giving your support and advice. But there's also so much that can be learned by having meaningful conversations with people and listening to their stories.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
Raseema Alam is the Founder of Connected Development Advisers, a former Canadian diplomat and served in Afghanistan managing Canadian investments. Since leaving the Government, Ms. Alam has worked with the Gates Foundation and is currently working with the University of Toronto.
Based in Toronto, Janet Butler-McPhee has been working in the non-profit sector for more than fifteen years. She is currently the Director of Communications and Advocacy at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Janet was the Communications Director for the Reproductive Health Access, Information, and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative and the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Her work focused on public health advocacy and communications in support of reproductive rights and care in development and humanitarian contexts.
Clarecia Christie is a Project Manager at TFO Canada, responsible for the Canadian Market Trade Information Services for the benefit of developing country exporters and trade support institutions, and for Canadian importers who source products and services from developing countries. Clarecia has worked on development projects for a number of international organizations, including the Emerging Markets Group Limited and the Inter-America Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Elizabeth Dove is Volunteer Canada’s Director, Corporate Citizenship. She is the organizational lead on supporting companies in their employee/stakeholder community engagement programs. She convenes the Corporate Council on Volunteering, leads the consulting practice, and collaborates with companies and non profits to create thought-leadership on CSR practices that provide benefit to communities, talent and companies. She has worked as senior staff and consultant on advancing health issues, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development.
Elizabeth holds the McGill-McConnell Master of Management for National Voluntary (Non-Profit) Sector Leaders and was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on social justice issues.
Michael Embaie teaches at the University of Calgary, in the Faculty of Social Work and Department of Sociology. He has been involved and continues to serve on boards of local, provincial, national, and international organizations as an advocate concerning issues and causes that promote peace, human rights, social and economic justice, poverty reduction etc. for about 25 years.
Emrul Hasan is currently working at Plan Canada as the Vice President of Program Effectiveness and Quality, responsible for leading the Program Effectiveness unit, Gender Equality unit, Technical Quality unit, and Policy and Advocacy unit. He is also a member of CSO Partnership Advisory Group (CPAG) to advise Global Affairs Canada on the implementation of CSO Partnership Policy.
David Khan is the newly-elected Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. He is a practicing lawyer primarily in the field of Indigenous rights and land claims. He has volunteered for several NGOs, including Results Canada and the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. For the best part of a decade, he has been involved with both the provincial and federal Liberal parties, served on the Board of the Calgary-Buffalo Constituency, ran as a candidate twice, and served on the Alberta Liberal Party Executive as Executive Vice-President.
Cherie has worked in international development in both the education and nutrition sectors. Cherie says: “It is extremely important for me to work for an organization that makes a difference in the world, to feel like I’ve made a difference in the world. I appreciate the fact that I was born in a country that allows me the freedom to get an education, voice my opinions, and exercise my rights; because of this, I believe it is important to not waste it.”
Jean-Michel Laurin is Vice President at Octane, a public affairs consultancy. He has 15 years of experience in government relations, policy analysis, and communications. In that role, Jean-Michel established himself as a credible advocate, spokesperson and policy expert for Canadian industry. Jean-Michel has been involved with Results Canada for close to 25 years. He served as a volunteer in the Montreal and Gatineau groups, as a Director on two separate occasions and as Chair of the Board of Directors.
Based in Montréal, Michael Looft spent the first half of his career in financial services before shifting to poverty alleviation, where he has spent the past dozen years working around the globe. He now sits on the credit committee for Lendahand, a Holland-based crowdfunding impact investor supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. With a strong technical background, he also works as the Data Architect for Marin Promise Partnership, a US-based nonprofit dedicated to fixing the educational system through a data-driven community collaborative approach. Michael has been a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of impact finance, educational equity, and how to put personal values into social action.
Aynsley Morris is an Ottawa-based, senior-level communications professional in the non-profit sector, specializing in international development and health. A strong commitment to social justice and the environment drives both her professional and personal life. She is the Vice-chair of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre Board of Directors and was the Vice-chair of the Board of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don. She volunteers extensively to support progressive change.
Randy Rudolph is a partner in an environmental consulting firm in Calgary and has 30 years of experience in that industry. He is on the Board of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada which focuses on research and innovation to reduce environmental footprints, and has served on other industry association boards.
Randy has been a Results Canada volunteer for 20 years, has published hundreds of letters to the editor and written over 1,000 letters to MPs and other decision makers. He is a long-time donor; he served on the Board of RESULTS:ED for almost 10 years, and subsequently on the Results Canada Board, including as Chair for 6 years.
Jennifer Wani is a young leader from Regina, Saskatchewan whose position on Results Canada’s Board of Directors is being supported by Girls on Boards. Launched in 2017 with the support of Department of Women and Gender Equality, Girls on Boards places community-minded, motivated, and trained young women non-profit governance boards in communities across Canada. Jennifer served as a leader on Luther College High School’s Student Representative Council. She is actively engaged in volunteering in her community and has already served as a volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations. She is a Co-founder of the South Sudanese Youth of Canada, a non-profit, nongovernmental organization. She’s been engaged as a youth leader and spokesperson at the national level, covering topics on gender equality, feminism, youth engagement, and activism.