What does recognition as Volunteer of the Year mean to you?
Being nominated, yet winning TCC's Volunteer of the Year is surreal. I do what I do because I genuinely appreciate the act of giving back so to have an organization recognize me is such a compliment. My parents have been such a driving force for me in all their sacrifices, they fled to a country they knew nothing about and made all the impossible things in life seem so effortless. They remind me every day that we must make conscious decisions to improve the lives of those around us, simply because we can and for no self-serving reason otherwise. My parents and brother have been my lifeline for as long as I can remember and by winning this award, it is my way of recognizing them for always supporting me in everything that I do. I am extremely grateful.
What do you tell others about volunteering?
I try to remind everyone that it is important and necessary for us to expose ourselves to other ways of life; that we all are living differently, whether that be culturally or religiously, and everything in between, and that is what makes life so meaningful. That we can all become better neighbors to one another. That we have an obligation as human beings to do whatever we can to assure that those next to us have enough. Seeing that no matter how small or big a deed is, it's priceless effect on others is the true definition of humanity. Do not be afraid to get out there and make a change!