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Dhilal Alhaboob

University of Ottawa

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I am a firm believer in social entrepreneurship, as I’ve witnessed the strength and resourcefulness of young people with a mission, and I believe that civic engagement is not specific to government-related activities. I may be young, but with youth comes ambition, drive to create a better future for my generation, those who came before me, and for those who will follow. While government can sometimes seem to be the most direct form of change-making, I have learned first-hand of the importance of networks and resource accessibility. There is a richness in being able to access diverse accounts of experiences and the means to create. I'm passionate about collaborating with young people and acting as a vessel of change-making. In my own engagement, I focus on outreach, because a lot of the resources people are in need of exist but aren't necessarily marketed or accessible to the people who require them. I engage with people to connect them to the community and encourage them to get out there and take advantage of their power to shape their world.


I've helped to create positive change in my community by informing myself of the struggles within my community and amplifying community members' voices by calling for change. I worked on the Equity in Education initiative with Pathways to Education Ottawa, which is an expansion initiative in the city for the program with the mission of raising high school graduation rates. Right now, I am working on the Listening Tour Report for a project undertaken by the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities, where we went around the province of Ontario to hear what youth had to say about their communities to provincial government. I am a Francophone activist and believe strongly in the need for a greater linguistic equality both in my city of Ottawa, the province of Ontario, and the country of Canada, and in the past did work with the FESFO (Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne), and now am a committee member of the RÉFO (Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien) “Formation sur la prévention de la violence fait aux femmes sur les campus postsecondaires francophones en Ontario”, which is a working committee creating a training kit for francophone campuses across Ontario for the prevention of violence against women. Most recently, I have been working as a Marketing and Outreach Coordinator with the Ottawa Run for Palestine, which raises funds every year for UNRWA's Community Mental Health Programme for Palestinian children suffering from PTSD. I have spoken at provincial legislature in Toronto on the occasion of Homelessness Awareness Day, on behalf of myself and the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities. I am also a very active member of my municipal community and regularly attend public consultations and roundtables on issues close to my community. However, I believe the most positive change I've helped create in my community was by sharing my story of social change and empowering other young people (and even some adults) to take action in the name of community.