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Global activist alumna gives back

[Amma Bonsu]Alumna Amma Bonsu returns to campus on March 1 as part of the 2012 Alumni Speaker Series.

For Amma Bonsu, Artsci’02, Artsci’03, giving back through volunteering is a way of life—something that she started as a teenager, continued during her time at Queen’s, and remains passionately committed to today.

“I feel that because so much has been given to me, from my family and through my education, that the onus is on me to pass on this gift of giving,” says Ms Bonsu.

Ms Bonsu, the 2010 Alumni Humanitarian Award winner, began volunteering as a teenager in her home country of Ghana, teaching children to read and write English. This was the start of her life-long commitment to volunteerism. While studying economics and French at Queen’s, she worked for the AMS as the Social Issues Commissioner and started Operation Read, organizing volunteers to send books to schools in countries like Ghana, Namibia, and Pakistan. She also worked with the Elizabeth Fry Society and volunteered at Hotel Dieu—activities that cemented her conviction in the importance of giving back.

When she started her banking career with RBC after graduating, Ms Bonsu co-founded Foundation for Growth, a non-profit organization that uses education to alleviate poverty. The organization raises money and awareness to provide school supplies and renovate schools in Ghana.

Ms Bonsu will be visiting campus on March 1 as part of the 2012 Alumni Speaker Series hosted by the Queen’s Student Alumni Association in partnership with the Alma Mater Society. She’ll speak to students about her work in Canada and internationally, and how her experiences of volunteering at Queen’s have carried forward into her present day life.

This event is free and open to all. Please pre-register. For more information and to reserve your seat, visit the Alumni Relations Events Calendar.

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