Submitted by Alexandra Dawley, Youth Services Facilitator
Since 2015, a remarkable group of ten Vic High students have been actively coordinating events to raise funds and increase awareness for Syrian Newcomers in the Greater Victoria Area.
The student group began by visiting every classroom in their school, explaining to students how they were fundraising for Syrian Refugees – and were amazed after successfully raising $1500! The students channeled this motivation into raising more money and creatively cultivating awareness throughout their communities and networks. Since then, the group’s activities have ranged from carolling over the holidays to raise money, holding several bake sales, planning henna application events, and providing by-donation Pre-Calculus tutoring services with all proceeds going to their cause.
The group has successfully raised an impressive $4469.30 of their $8,000 goal. All proceeds are going to the ICA Refugee Sponsorship Fund.
One of the leaders of this student group is Kaela Douglas. Kaela, a volunteer with ICA since 2013, is an emerging advocate confronting social justice issues in the Greater Victoria Community who is particularly passionate about supporting newcomer youth as they transition to life in Canada:
“I heard about the atrocities being committed and the conditions in which normal people were being forced to live (…) I decided to try to help. We can’t solve the entire war, but with the help of our classmates we can make life better for a few individuals, thus changing their worlds.’
These youth have taken a stand as global citizens! We often hear that youth are the leaders of tomorrow. However, I believe that these youth have proven that youth can be leaders of today.
Congratulations on your incredible success and thank you for your significant contribution to ICA’s Refugee Sponsorship Fund. Thank you!