Be A Light Scholarship: Nusrat's Story

Submitted by Kristine Culp on May 1, 2017 - 5:48am
Bringing the passion of young leaders to the fight against poverty

Nusrat Mir, 19, is a second-year student in sociology and labour studies at McMaster University. If you were at the recent Cities Reducing Poverty summit, you’ll recall seeing her on stage with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

Nusrat brings the passion of a student activist and a young leader to the issue of poverty in Canada.

“I think there’s a momentum right now that we can carry on and build on. I think this poverty reduction summit was very, very timely,” she said in a phone call after the summit.

Nusrat attended the summit thanks to the Be A Light scholarship, and she found the experience enriching and inspiring. (So did Scott Cronkwright, another scholarship recipient -- you can meet him here).

Nusrat said she enjoyed interacting with people from across Canada who are making a difference in their communities. “I spoke with people from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Alberta!” She also appreciated the chance to practice her public speaking skills, by participating on the Decent Work panel and addressing the plenary audience with the Hamilton Roundtable group.

For someone like Nusrat, who is doing a certificate in non-profit leadership along with her degree studies at McMaster, the experience was invaluable.

That’s what the Be A Light scholarship is all about: sharing the learning with people who will greatly benefit but don’t have the means to participate.

The summit would have been “pretty inaccessible” to her without the scholarship, Nusrat said, since her part-time income goes toward basic living expenses.

She was thankful for the chance to be part of the event. “I hope that people can keep doing this amazing work. I think we need this passion, we need this activism. At the end of the day, the work speaks for itself, and if you do the work, there will be results. Some people get frustrated because the change isn’t happening in front of their eyes, but it is incremental. We need to keep doing the good work and keep fighting the good fight!”

To help a promising young leader attend an upcoming learning event, you can give to the Be A Light Scholarship Fund. Thank you.