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Anna Fricker

Fredericton, New Brunswick

“At 19 years old, there are few things I am absolutely certain of. There are two things however that I have come to believe without a doubt. First, there is a great deal of needless suffering and inequality in our world… Secondly, although the issues are complex and widespread, I have learned that the solutions to these issues are not out of reach.”

Hailing from small town Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Anna has always been a dedicated volunteer. In 2009, Anna had the opportunity to witness poverty and development in Tanzania, in East Africa as the World Vision Youth Ambassador for Atlantic Canada. Upon her return to Canada she has spoken at numerous schools and community groups all across the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and Quebec as a member of the World Vision Youth Empowered Tour.

As a committed volunteer with World Vision, Anna has also organized two 30 Hour Famines, assisted in running a Youth Leadership retreat, organized teams that found sponsorship for 62 children and helped to raise over $10, 000 for World Vision projects. In 2010 Anna represented her region at the National Youth Caucus in Ottawa. She encouraged politicians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to make the Millennium Development Goals a priority in the G8/G20 summits. Last summer Anna had the opportunity to study International Law and Human Rights at the University of Toronto for a youth summer course. While there, she had the honour of being selected as one of Canada’s top teen philanthropists.

Her interest in human rights and volunteerism has led her to pursue a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Skills and International Development at the University of New Brunswick. Anna is presently the Charity Representative of her Residence as well.

“I am confident that my generation will be instrumental in continuing to take action to end this needless suffering and I hope that I will be able to make a significant contribution to the betterment of our world.”