Welcome IJV volunteers and IVC leadership, my name is Adam Keshavjee and I am an IJV big brother and I am also volunteer at Senator Jaffer’s office. Unfortunately, Senator Jaffer cannot be with us today but she has sent the following message, which I will kindly deliver on her behalf:”Ya ali madat Everyone, It is such a pleasure to have you with us here today on Parliament Hill. I wish I was here to personally welcome you all to this beautiful city and the place where I work. I too once was an IJV as were my 2 children and I know first hand about the great work that you all do for your jamat and for your community. As an IJV you develop extremely valuable skills such as teamwork, commitment and dedication and these are all skills that will prove to be beneficial as you grow up. I hope that you will apply these skills in your professional lives. I also hope that you will use these skills to give back to your families, to your jamat and to your community. I hope your visit was both educational and enjoyable and I wish you a safe journey home.
I would also like to take this opportunity to talk to all of you about my personal volunteering experience.
My dad works on the Hill and on several occasions I have had the opportunity to help him out with events just like this one today. Being around this environment, meeting so many different people and watching what unfolds in this building, sparked an interest in me. As soon school wrapped up for the summer I contacted Senator Jaffer, and inquired about volunteering opportunities. Since then I have worked in her office on projects involving malaria, child soldiers and anti-terrorism. Do not think you are too young to get involved, you are never too young. I am only 14 and going into high school this fall. So don’t think that getting involved is something you do when you are finishing up high school and preparing to go to university. In my short time here I have been exposed to all kinds of interesting things, and at the end of the day I really do feel like I’m making a difference. Even though many of you aren’t even in high school yet, you still have a lot to offer to your communities and you as well can serve them just like you serve your Jamat every time you put on your uniform. I strongly advise that you all take the initiative and get involved. I am certain that you will be surprised at the difference you can make. If you have any questions on how to seek out volunteering opportunities, please do not be shy to approach me after the session as I will be happy to point you in the right direction. Thank you and Ya Ali Madat.