I am a 22-year-old student completing my Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Ottawa with a specialization in International Development and Globalization and minor in Business Administration.
I grew up in Whitby, Ontario and moved to Ottawa to study in French Immersion and be in a bilingual environment. After completing my studies, I plan to obtain a master’s degree in International Development and I am interested in working for a non-governmental development organization in the future.
I have volunteered locally as well as internationally from my time helping to build a school in Tanzania when I was in high school, to being Vice President of Internal Affairs for the University of Ottawa’s International Development Conference. In 2012 I was honoured with the Celebrating Youth Award for my involvement in the Whitby Environmental Youth Alliance and the Whitby Youth Council.
Throughout my studies I have worked in heritage and tourism at the Capital Information Kiosk in Ottawa, educating tourists about Canada’s history. I also worked as a tour guide at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France for four months, where I was able to teach visitors about Canada’s participation in the First World War. I was proud to have the opportunity to visit France, the country of my ancestors on my mother’s side. I am now looking forward to be visiting the land of my Irish ancestors for the first time this summer. My Irish roots are on my father’s side of the family as my great-great-grandfather, John Foran Jr. immigrated from Castlegregory Co. Kerry to Canada as a baby in 1840 to Huron County, Ontario. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing guitar and exploring Ottawa by bike.
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