Amarachi “Amara” Anomneze

Member, Youth Advisory Council

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ¬†–¬†Nelson Mandela

Amara is a fourth year psychology student at Wilfrid Laurier University with a passion for social change and the equality of all people. Within her school community, she volunteers at the Centre for Women and Trans People and the Rainbow Centre. These centres provide a safe space for individuals who identify with any one of these communities. They also raise awareness on various issues and hold events that promote empowerment and education. Within the Kitchener-Waterloo region, she has volunteered at Essential Skills Upgrading, an adult education centre geared at helping adults without a grade 12 diploma, study for their GED and transition into college or the workplace. In addition to this, she has also volunteered with a pre-school program called YWCA LINC KIDS which is a daycare designed specifically for children of newcomers to Canada. This program is funded through Citizenship and Immigration Canada and provides care and supervision to children and allows them to engage in activities that suit their ages and abilities while also respecting their cultural heritage. She strongly believes that education is key in bringing about positive change.

 

Amara plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and integrate her knowledge on budgeting, taxes and financial planning into conversations with youth. Many educational institutions do not focus on this however it is extremely important that youth are educated on how to properly manage their money and plan for the future.