I am personally driven by personal experiences and exposure to unfortunate communities at an early stage of my life. Through Peacework University of Toronto, I hope we can inspire students to explore the problems faced by millions of human beings like you and me living through daily harsh conditions and create, design and shape new solutions for them. My name is Yasser Abouelkheer and I am fortunate to be leading this great team.
ASHA SARDAR, VICE-PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
I am currently completing my second degree at UofT with a double major in human biology and modern languages. As a student looking forward to a career in healthcare, my executive role with Peacework has added to my understanding of the many global aid issues being faced in underdeveloped countries. I hope to use this knowledge to inspire other students to support global aid campaigns and gain exposure and experience through the practical learning opportunities provided by Peacework’s projects abroad.
OMAR BITAR, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & CO-FOUNDER
I am excited to partake in the sustenance and promotion of our chapter here on campus! In brief terms, I am passionate not only about knowledge, but also its dissemination. As for my work ethic, I strive to maintain a focused motivation. This year, I will be finishing up my Honours Bachelors of Science here at the University of Toronto, where I have been studying neuroscience, sociology, and biology. Undoubtedly, my participation in Peacework UofT has been key to the development of my communication and management skills – ones that any student should seek in his/her time outside the classroom.
SIMONE GARCIA, BLOGGER
I am pursuing a specialist in Peace, Conflict, and Justice, and what initially drew me to Peacework was its emphasis on student experience and experiential learning. Also, I had traveled to Bolivia the year before to help put the foundation in at a small rural school, and that experience really stuck with me, and motivated me to get involved. When I graduate, I hope to attend graduate school for journalism, and then write professionally for a magazine. I'm excited about the experience I will get from working with Peacework, and the opportunity to express my thoughts through a blog.
DANIA NASSER, CONTENT-WRITER
My name is Dania Nasser, a 3rd year student pursuing a double major in global health and physiology. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with a few non-governmental organizations throughout my academic life. These activities helped ignite my passion for helping others and my desire to be further involved in the community.
NATALIE IP, EXTERNAL RECRUITMENT
I'm Natalie and I'm a second year History and Bioethics major. I'm hoping to be able to contribute back to the community by working with Peacework UofT this year and to learn more about the organization. I enjoy doing service work and hope to be able to travel the world one day.
My name’s Jeevin Gill. I'm a 3rd year economics and statistics major, and an Internal Recruiter for Peacework at UofT. I'm here because I want to transform my desire to help others into a reality. I believe Peacework UofT does a great job of making this world a better place by spreading empathy and providing the know how on how to help people in need of it. I see myself as an activist who constantly tries to acquire and gain insight into issues concerning social justice, and I believe Peacework is giving me the skills and experience I need to pursue this passion.
ANDREW EFFAT, INTERNAL DIRECTOR
I’m an engineering student here at UofT and one of the original co-founders of the Peacework chapter on campus. I’m sure it’s odd to find an engineer as part of this club, but it’s precisely that idea which I’m set out to change. I want to use my experience as an example to show how this organization, these trips and projects are not only geared towards students in the health education fields. I had the pleasure of travelling down to Nicaragua to provide some basic assistance to several of the communities there. It was a life changing experience that I’d like everyone to go through. The people you meet and memories you make will stay with you for a lifetime.