I am a recent Health Studies graduate from the University of Waterloo with a passion for reducing global health inequities and improving access to healthcare. Through my experience as a Peer Health Educator with Health Services at the University of Waterloo, and the Mission Chair and Information Outreach Volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, I developed an interest in advocacy, and fundraising for health research. The Break Free Movement developed out of a collaborative project in my last term of university and my strong interest in refugee and immigrant health. By partnering with Reception House, a non-profit organization that supports refugees, we designed the Break Free Movement. Having no previous experience in entrepreneurship, I am still in the process of developing the Break Free Movement and am excited to be presented with an opportunity to be a part of the Youth Innovation Summit.
About Break Free
The Break Free movement aims to alleviate the challenges of moving to a new country by using dance as a medium to start the healing process for those experiencing trauma and to foster a sense of belonging. The program centres on teaching dance and using it to express emotions and a way of coping with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We aim to give refugees the opportunity to let go of stress and use dance as a coping mechanism, a way to express themselves, and to meet other people in the community.