Nabila traveled to Peru on her first volunteer experience in July of 2012 and had a wonderful experience that lead her to return as a program leader and to help develop the health program. Currently working in Human Resources at CGI, Nabila enjoys increasing employee engagement in the workplace and inspiring others to take the lead and create positive change in their areas of work. She is a strong believer in social entrepreneurship. She is passionate about applying business and management skills and principles to complex social issues, and using earnings to develop sustainable solutions that benefit our local and global communities.
Nabila would like to be part of making our world more accepting, caring and more aware of other people and the challenges they face, allowing us to live in a pluralistic, harmonious society. She feels this can only happen through a true understanding of our common values and goals as human beings as well as being aware of the vast inequality the human race is faced with. She would also like to empower others to lead and create change that allows all of humanity to have a dignified quality of life.
Nabila enjoys travelling, photography and spending time with like minded people who want to make a difference. She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with an Honours degree in Recreation and Business Management with a minor in Human Resources and a specialization in Tourism.
Avantika completed a co-op degree in Honours Health Studies at the University of Waterloo, and is currently completing her Masters of Science in Global Health at McMaster University with a specialization in Global Health Management. Her experience with non-profit organizations has involved program development, health promotion and education, research and fundraising. Her passion for healthcare and international development has paved the path to her involvement with Solidarity in Action. She hopes to use her role at SIA to bring awareness to global issues, to plan effective health and education programs in developing communities, and to ultimately improve the quality of life of families living in underserved neighbourhoods.
Having been involved with the organization for three years now, Avantika has found her time with SIA to be extremely heartwarming, humbling, and life-changing. She believes that working in solidarity, alongside local communities, using bottom-up approaches is the ideal way to develop meaningful connections, long-lasting relationships and sustainable development projects.
Avantika enjoys channeling her creativity through art. As a jewellery artist, she loves combining colours, textures, and styles to create unique accessories for herself and for others. Traveling, engaging in community service, and spending time with her family and friends are extremely important to her. She loves finding meaning in all the things she does, and loves meeting like-minded people who share the same values and interests as her.
Larry (Lawrence) Shuttleworth co-founded Solidarity in Action in 2006 along with his brother, Angus, and a group of other young people passionate about making a difference. They were inspired to take action after a trip to Peru where they had the opportunity to share and connect with women, men and children in developing communities.
Today, Larry is the Executive Director of SIA and a member of the Board of Directors. He works to connect Canadians with South Americans through international trips and projects that benefit both parties. He travels to South America during several months of the year, leading groups of North Americans into shantytowns, communities and cities where they have the chance to interact with local people, explore the culture and make a difference – just like Larry did during his first trip to Peru several years ago.
Larry is dedicated to promoting education in Canada and abroad. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from Brock University as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Larry spent his childhood in South Africa before moving to Canada. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.