Words to describe Kara: kind, diplomatic, resourceful, warm, organized and intelligent. It has been a pleasure working with her, brainstorming wacky ideas like the sandwich boards we wore at the Beaches JazzFest. She has worked tirelessly to help get Hamid Ghashemi Shall out of Evin prison in Iran and back home in Toronto where he belongs. I am a better person for having known Kara and worked alongside her at numerous events. I look forward to continued insights and inspiration from her
I met Kara Dawson for the first time in the fall of 2011 at Group 123, Beaches and soon realized what a beautiful energy she shares with the people around her. She is a fabulous coordinator who energetically helped spear head the Free Hamid campaign and at the same time showed her gentle understanding. I am very fortunate to know Kara, whom I consider a dear friend.
In Kara’s words:
“I have been a member of Amnesty International since 2007. Being new to the Beach at that time I was looking for a way to feel more connected to my community, by supporting a worthy local cause. Amnesty International Group 123 (The Beach) filled that void. After 3 years of being a member of Group 123, I took over as Coordinator for the local group.
Some of my highlights as an Amnesty International member for the past 5 years include the following:
• having met many compassionate and articulate individuals committed to human rights
• having attended two AI Canada AGMs (Montreal and Toronto)
• having viewed incredibly powerful human rights films at the Reel Awareness film festival
• having attended numerous AITO Regional meetings
• having learned that 1/3 of cases from the Rights for Write campaign saw positive action
I remain involved with Amnesty International due to the vital need to speak out for those who need a stronger voice. AI’s work provides me with a sense of feeling connected to both my local community and the global community at large. As well, I feels that AI provides me with an outlet to do my small part in trying to make the world a better place.”
Kara’s life motto: Live and learn!
Something people likely don’t know about Kara: she can sing the alphabet backwards.