People of DIVERSEcity: Vandna Saxena
At DIVERSEcity, we often share the incredible stories of the newcomers and diverse community members who we support as they build their life in Canada. Behind the scenes, the people of DIVERSEcity, many of whom are immigrants themselves, have their own lived experiences to share. DIVERSEcity would not be the community-building, charitable organization it is without the dedication and passion of our amazing employees and volunteers, who have shown us what resilience means during this ongoing pandemic.
This week in our “People of DIVERSEcity” series, we’re shining the spotlight on an amazing volunteer, Vandna Saxena. Between June 2020 and March 2021, Vandna contributed more than 200 hours of her time to helping vulnerable clients in the midst of the pandemic. She has distributed groceries, food box hampers and hot meals. She has also conducted wellness calls with seniors. Vandna has been a dedicated, empathetic and dependable volunteer who continuously goes above and beyond to help others, all while also working a full-time job. For her community spirit, she is also the recipient of the DIVERSEcity’s inaugural Tom Kwok Community Champion Award, announced at this year’s annual general meeting as part of our DIVERSEcity Awards & Bursaries.
Let’s learn more about this inspirational volunteer originally from India!
What is your professional and educational background?
I have a master’s degree in computer administration.
Why did you choose to volunteer in a sector that helps newcomers?
When I was a newcomer myself, it was very challenging. DIVERSEcity helped with many of my complications. Volunteering with them is my way of giving back.
What is one thing you wish every new immigrant knew?
That DIVERSEcity is here to help them!
Coffee or tea?
What is your favourite season?
I like spring. It is the season of new beginnings.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
What is one thing most people do not know about you?
I am the laziest of everyone I know.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Life is too short. Contribute whenever, wherever, whatever you can.
Read more “People of DIVERSEcity” stories, shared weekly this fall 2021.