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Mira El-Darazi

After spending many years volunteering in the health care sector, Mira recognized the importance of working within the industry. Mira is in her fourth year of Radiation Therapy and working on her thesis regarding meditation and breast cancer patients, in hopes to help women regain their sense of self-confidence. In addition to her impressive academic career, Mira has been a major community asset having volunteered with many organizations such as the Elizabeth Centre Long Term Care Home, Health Sciences North, Elgin St. Mission, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters where she is a big sister/mentor. Mira also works with refugee families within the community assisting them with translation, attending emergency medical appointments, and tutoring. Combined, Mira has over 3000 hours of community involvement and volunteer hours.

Mira’s community involvement began at a younger age. While in high school, Mira was on the student parliament, a student trustee for the Rainbow District School Board, and led the implementation of anti-impaired driving committees both at a regional and national level. Through this advocacy work, Mira also founded the Laurentian University Students Against Impaired Driving club which hosts events and awareness campaigns around the danger of impaired driving.

Through her advocacy and volunteer efforts, Mira has been awarded the GenNext Volunteer Excellence Award from the United Way Centraide North East Ontario, Action Sudbury bursary, and NOSM’s inter-professional committee for outstanding work in community service.

Mira’s next project is a lifestyle blog to promote healthy relationships with food. This blog aims to empower those with resources to make wiser decisions about the body and food.

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