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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tessa Maddison is many different people in one: dancer, singer, yoga teacher, and Results Office Manager extraordinaire! But ask her and she will tell you that, above all else, she is an adventurer. Having travelled widely, Tessa enjoys nothing more than exploring and connecting with art, architecture, and people from every corner of the world.
Tessa’s background is as varied as her talents. Soon after completing high school, she was awarded a prestigious opportunity to represent the UK at Walt Disney World in Florida through the World Showcase Fellowship Programme. It was there, after being introduced to representatives from around the world, that she began to connect with the global community and made her first international friendships.
When she returned to London, Tessa completed a degree at Middlesex University with a BA Hons in Communications and Information Technology. She started her career as a project manager and has worked in manufacturing, R&D, and service firms in Europe and Canada.
Results Canada is Tessa’s first foray into non-profit work. She loves working with Results because she gets to see first-hand the impact made by both the team and the volunteers. As Tessa puts it, “it’s great to be with a motivated and hard-working group of people, dedicated to making a better world for all!”
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 HIV 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.
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.
Beth Gillis is a finance professional with a CPA, CMA designation. Sheh has worked as a Finance Officer at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa for the past five years, providing financial administration for a wide range of research grants under her portfolio. Prior to coming to Ottawa, Beth lived in Halifax and worked in the finance department of a private telecommunications company. Beth brings extensive experience in financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting to Results’ Board of Directors.
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 a lawyer who practises Indigenous rights, Constitutional and environmental litigation with Ecojustice, Canada's largest environmental law charity. He is the former Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. 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 four times, and served on the Alberta Liberal Party Executive as Executive Vice-President. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Jean-Michel Laurin is President & CEO of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council. 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.
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 volunteers extensively to support progressive change. She has served in leadership positions on the Boards of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and the Task Force to Bring Back the Don, and is involved in Fora's Girls on Boards program to support young women in governance positions.
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.