The name is Gerard Mutabazi Amani. I am a Youth, Child & Refugee Advocate. I have had the opportunity of traveling across Canada in Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto on youth conferences . Also, over the past 10 years I have traveled to about 15 countries on volunteer, conference, internship and study abroad missions. The more I travel is the more I fall in love with humanity. Through traveling I have learn so much and have become more confident in myself and what I have to offer the world. I am more loving, caring and patient with people from all walks of life and appreciate what they have to offer to my personal and professional development. I love learning about people's history, culture, language and way of life. Travelling is great for our souls. Every time I take to the sky for a new destination, I become more grateful. Also, the more I serve is the more I want to serve. I find myself by losing myself in the service of humanity.
I was born in Democratic Republic of the Congo and my family left as Refugees to seek refuge in a number of African countries before being resettled to Canada in 2008 after living in South Africa for 6 years. I hold a Bachelors of Business Administration from Canada and a Masters of International Relations from China. Yes, that's right, I lived in Shanghai, China for almost 2 years for my Masters studies and it was an experience of a lifetime. I am passionate about the world of diplomacy, humanitarian and development. I continue to use my education, experience and skills for the betterment of humanity.
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I know first hand what it is like to go all day and sometimes night without eating. I know first hand about not going to school but longing for an education. I know first hand of wishing, hoping and dreaming for a better future. Today, millions of people around the world are still struggling to make it. They don't know what they will eat. They don't know what they will wear. They don't know whether themselves or their children will ever go to school. And their only goal is to survive day by day. You and I have a role to play to ensure others have food on their table, clothes to wear and the opportunities to build their future through education and employment.
I am the product of the community. I live and breath volunteer, service to humanity. The City of Edmonton has been home ever since arriving in Canada as a Refugee. Everyone has contributed to my personal and professional development for which I am forever grateful for. Whether receiving advises, access to opportunities or early stages financial support to travel; I am made in Edmonton.
Over the many years I have volunteered and worked with organizations on issues related to children, youth, homelessness, indigenous, refugees, education and migration. I have also worked with elected officials in Alberta helping with Outreach, Public Relations and other Constituency office duties. Most of my work has been with Refugees which includes an internship in Washington DC. Also, my Masters Thesis was Socio-Economic Implications of Refugees Integration where I highlighted the benefits and challenges of Refugees resettlement in Uganda and Canada.