My Journey

Embracing the Adventure: One lesson at a time

Waterloo Innovation Summit

Recapping the Waterloo Innovation Summit

Recently, the University of Waterloo held their annual Waterloo Innovation Summit, this year held at the McKinsey & Company space in downtown Toronto. This one proved to be a pivotal meeting point for young visionaries positioned to redefine the landscape

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Darren Baine host Sustainable Impact Summit

Hosting a Sustainable Impact Summit

In today’s rapidly changing world, sustainability has shifted from being a trendy concept to a vital strategy for our planet’s survival. As awareness about climate change and environmental degradation grows, initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability are becoming more critical now

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Black History Month

Reflecting on Black History Month

February 2024 marked a significant milestone in my journey of self-discovery and community engagement, as I participated in Black History Month celebrations for the first time after two years in Canada. This year’s events organized in the Kitchener/Waterloo region that

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Black History Month

Inspiring Black Flourishing

Black History Month   February 2024, my first ever involvement in black history month in any capacity. Not because I was unaware of it, but simply because, in my country, where race does not serve as the primary form of

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Why You Should Start A Blog

One Year Blogging   In reality when I look back, I have been writing a blog since the start of 2022, but officially released the platform to share the blog in 2023. The question I get quite frequently is why

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Unpacking Two Years Living in Canada

Canada, with its icy embrace, welcomed me on January 15 2022, two weeks after the start of my first co-op role as an International Relations Analyst with Waterloo International. And two years into my degree at the University of Waterloo.

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How Networking Got me My Last Job

How Networking Got Me A Job

I think I speak for many people when I say getting a job as a University student is getting harder! Everyone is in the pursuit to developing their careers, through studying, working and other ways.  As a student, I found

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2023 Recap!

The Year That Was   As I sit down to reflect on the transformative journey that was 2023, I’m reminded of the experiences, challenges, and triumphs that defined this remarkable year. In the grand symphony of life, 2023 played its

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Young and Restless

Planning Our First Event in Canada

Young and Restless   How did we plan our first event in Canada? On November 18th, 2023, the Young Eye Initiative proudly introduced Young and Restless to the world—a unique arm of the initiative that, truthfully, was never intended to

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Young Eye Initiative

The Young Eye Initiative

Many people ask me what the Young Eye is? How is it a foundation? Why is it a podcast? Why have you launched the Young and Restless? Where are you going with all this? All good questions, that I didn’t

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Why you should not fear failure

Why You Should Not Be Afraid to Fail?

Failure.  A word that carries the weight of disappointment, shame, and fear. But so many people in their different social classes have always said to me: “What if I told you that failure isn’t the end of the road?” And

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Family visit to South Africa

Family Trip to South Africa!

My family and I went on an unforgettable 6-day adventure exploring the great cities of South Africa – Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our journey began with a 4-hour flight on Airlink from Entebbe to the renowned OR Tambo International Airport

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What keeps me going?

Fueling the Fire: What Keeps me Going?

What keeps me going? The real question, why do I keep doing what I do despite the obstacles, challenges and uncertainty. The simple answer is two things, impact someone directly and inspire someone watching. There are very few individuals or

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Adopting a school

Adopting a school in Uganda

Making a Difference   This time I can confidently say we adopted a school, working the community to create an environment conducive enough for learning. My passion for working with children in education was at it again. Over the years,

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Top 40 under 40

What Being In The Uganda Top 40 Under 40 Meant

In 2021, I had the incredible honor of being nominated for the prestigious annual top 40 under 40 Vision Group award. This recognition involved a rigorous selection process, with numerous nominations sent to the organization in 2021. A three month

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Unity Charity

What I learned from the story of Unity Charity

6 Steps To Building Responsible Impact   The story of Unity Charity, a national charity in Canada founded by the changemaker, motivational speaker and mental health advocate – Michael Prosserman in 2013, is an organization that helps youth aged 13-29

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How to spot a scam

How to Spot and Avoid Scammers

Stay Safe Online   How do you spot and avoid getting scammed? My previous blog “Don’t make the same mistake I did” highlighted the story of how I got scammed in Canada, 1 month into being in the country. That

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Scam Alert: Mistakes made

Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Did!

My Scam Story in Canada   Moving to a new country can be an exciting and challenging experience, especially when one has to start from scratch. For many immigrants, getting a job is a significant achievement that comes with pride

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How I Started my Foundation

How I started my Foundation

What was I thinking starting a foundation at 17? Well, the genesis of it all is that it started off as a self-initiated project for my IBDP course under the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) component that required a student

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Donation and Charity

Why You Should Donate?

” To donate, please click here. Today, I’m writing to ask you to support this cause. By donating this amount, you can change his/her life. “ Many of us have encountered donation prompts, urging us to support various causes either

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Coop in Canada

My First Job in Canada

“Nothing worth having comes easy”, my first co-op job described in five words. I applied to exactly 23 jobs in 3 months. Invited to only 3 interviews. Received one offer from the three and that was the role as an

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Applying to Canadian Universities PT.1

Growing up, I had a clear dream – to run down the touchline with Peter Drury screaming my name in the floodlights of Old Trafford – my all time favourite teams stadium. However, life often takes us on unexpected paths,

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Canadian Visa

Applying for a Canadian Visa

The Canadian visa application process, particularly for prospective international students, can be challenging due to the required documentation and lengthy processing times. If you’re planning to study in Canada, which I highly recommend if you’re reading this blog, it’s crucial

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