Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Amna Ansari is a 17 year old, grade eleven student at Rick Hansen Secondary School, and is a perfect example of what it means to be a difference maker. An actively involved member of her school, Amna has been a member of her Student Activity Council for three years, is a Peer Mentor, has acted and directed in school plays, and is an executive member of the Global Affairs Committee.
Amna also volunteers at the Living Arts Centre, is a nursing co-op student at Credit Valley Hospital, and is a member of a teenage advisory group at Frank McKechnie Library. This community work has inspired Amna to make a difference within Mississauga, where she lives. Through leadership class she has organized the adoption of Century Park, with a minimum of three clean-ups per year, promoting a cleaner environment and creating an enjoyable space for the community.
Through Amna's work with the Me to We organization, she became conscious to the conditions of those who do not have the luxury to live in a country with personal freedom, safety and equality for its residents. This work inspired Amna to also organize the Week to End Violence campaign, making students aware of violence against women in societies around the world, and inviting social activists to give speeches to students.
Amna is a difference maker for the next generation, and someone who clearly follows Rick Hansen's credo that when we work together, anything is possible.
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