Join us in welcoming the Women’s Centre’s new Volunteer Program Coordinator, Jamila Velji.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I worked as a researcher after I finished my Master’s degree in Southern African Studies from University of York in UK and as a consultant for various organizations. At times I felt that what I did had very little impact on people’s lives.
What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?
I have finally found what was missing in my life: helping women improve their lives. I admire all women who fight against all odds to make a difference for their country, their communities, and their families and for themselves.
As the new Volunteer Program Coordinator I hope to provide strong leadership to our team of volunteers to fulfill our purpose of women supporting communities and communities supporting women.
First impression of the Women’s Centre?
Friendly staff and volunteers. The open working space makes it a perfect place for women to come and connect with each other.
What is your personal definition of ‘feminism’?
Feminism for me is to empower women who lack the confidence or the support they need to believe in themselves, to empower women who are oppressed and are unable to fight for their rights. I believe that a sustainable future depends on our ability to provide capacity building and cultivate talent for underserved women and youth in order to move forward – away from poverty.
Favorite book/movie/TV show
I am a huge soccer fan and my favorite team is FC Barcelona from Spain!
What is one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?
I hope to learn more about women’s issues and interact with women of diverse backgrounds.