In Corey’s Own Words:
I was inspired to become involved Amnesty International after attending the protests at the Toronto G20 conference in the summer of 2010. At these protests, I witnessed the violation of civil and human rights that occurred on that day. When a violation like that can happen in a country like Canada, where we take for granted that our rights will be protected, it became all too clear to me how fragile the concept of “fundamental rights” is, and how easily they could be taken away. This inspired me to learn more about human rights issues and opened my eyes to the egregious abuses happening with impunity around the world. As the world’s most prominent human rights organization, I learned more about Amnesty International. I was inspired to get involved to help give a voice to people who suffer these abuses for simply standing up for what’s right.
I initially joined the Reel Awareness Film Team, as it seemed like a great way to marry my love of documentary film with activism in support of human rights. I have since assumed a leadership role on the team, as well as a Director-At-Large position on the AITO board. In the past, I have also volunteered in-office supporting the activism team, the fundraising team, and at various events such as Hot Docs and Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market.
Volunteering with Amnesty International has opened my eyes to a much bigger world, and helped me to think more critically about global events. It is inspiring to work with such committed people to further a cause you believe in. It has helped me to understand that when individual people work together, they can create significant change and act as a voice for the voiceless. On a practical level, it has also allowed me to develop my leadership skills within a non-profit environment, which recently helped to shift my career from the private sector into a more fulfilling one; supporting an incredible local charity.
I would recommend anyone who has an interest in global issues and human rights to volunteer with Amnesty International. It does make a difference in the lives of others around the world. In a world that is increasingly volatile, Amnesty International provides an outlet for concerned citizens to take action and truly have an impact.