2021 Faces of Community - Winjoy Tiop

2021 Faces of Community - Winjoy Tiop

Winjoy Tiop

Football Hockey Link Society & Golden Mti

 

 



Volunteering has made this young Calgarian a leader. From volunteer to non-profit founder, seeing the impact of their work keeps her involved.

Winjoy, a third year Bachelor of Chemistry Student, is a youth leader and board member with the Football Hockey Link Society (FHL) as well as a founder of a non-profit organization.

“FHL has really taught me that having someone on your side really does make a difference,” says Winjoy”

Being a difference maker and helping others has been a driving factor for the work all the work Winjoy does with FHL and her own non-profit, Golden Mti (tree in Swahili).

“It really pushed the concept that every child is capable, they just need the opportunity to prove themselves,” explains Winjoy.

In her work with FHL, the young volunteer can see firsthand that if you remove economic barriers kids can thrive and participate. The impact that she has had on kids continues past her work with FHL.

“Golden Mti attempts to address the barriers to post-secondary education for the BIPOC children,” says the young volunteer. “I wanted this program to be more than just a tutoring program.

The organization provides parents and children with enough information so they can make educated decisions about post-secondary education while making them aware of other opportunities that they might not be considering.

“That’s why we set up mentorship [opportunities] and also workshops, and [the] workshops range from leadership, financial literacy and resume building.”

“You can see the impact it has with the students,” remarks Winjoy. “We do have some students that are applying to university and coming for advice because they don’t have that person to go to at home.

“We created a second home for them to come and ask about certain things, courses and career opportunities.”

She hopes that as a 2021 Faces of Community she can inspire younger Calgarians to volunteer.

“You don’t have to save the world to be a superhero,” says Winjoy with a smile.

“Your work within the community is appreciated and inspirational.”