Across the country, World Partnership Walk volunteers are already hard at work inspiring others to get involved, making connections, and building enthusiasm. Asiyah Robinson, who has participated in the Walk for four years, first as a Walk Day volunteer and now as a leader on the core team, has made it her mission to grow the Walk community in Victoria.
It wasn’t until she became an international student at the University of Victoria (UVic) that Asiyah realized the importance of community. She has also experienced the challenges associated with adjusting to a new city. “I had to learn how to introduce myself and find my place at UVic and in Victoria,” she says.
As this year’s Director of Youth Engagement with the Walk, Asiyah endeavours to create a space for international students to feel welcome and engaged. “I love approaching other youth, helping them to feel settled, and empowering them to have an impact on a global scale.” She emphasizes that even small commitments of time can make a huge difference.
“As a black, Muslim woman from the Bahamas and of African descent, I have recently realized how much of an impact I can have through conversations and events,” says Asiyah. “It is imperative, now more than ever, that every woman and girl realize their wisdom and knowledge and how much the world needs their voices and ideas. I love Aga Khan Foundation Canada for making this a priority within its organization.”