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“从我自身的移民经历中,我对弱势群体每天面临的挣扎感同身受,因而我想改变这种状况”

—— 李子君分享在澳大利亚帮助弱势群体的实习经历(带视频)
来源:贴心姐妹网   更新:2017-09-05 01:19:52   作者:Zinia Li (李子君)
“从我自身的移民经历中,我对弱势群体每天面临的挣扎感同身受,因而我想改变这种状况”——李子君分享在澳大利亚帮助弱势群体的实习经历(带视频)

Photo Creidt:University of McGill (https://www.mcgill.ca/ihsp/studentprograms/ctc-qes)

编者按:麦吉尔大学社会学和医学人类学专业毕业生Zinia Li(李子君)四岁随父母从中国大陆移民加拿大多伦多,对移民在新国度的挣扎感同身受,立志为弱势群体服务。在大学期间,她就曾经远赴哥伦比亚和越南实习;毕业后,她又获得伊丽莎白女王奖学金,到澳大利亚实习,帮助墨尔本东南地区弱势群体获得平等享有医疗服务的机会。在以下的视频和文字中,她分享了她的身为移民的感受、为弱势群体服务的志向,以及她在澳大利亚服务弱势群体的经历和感受。她表示:“展望未来,我知道我真正的志向是为没有声音的人发声。我将继续为边缘化群体——移民、少数族裔、难民、难民申请人、原住民服务,努力促成社会变化,建设平等社会。我相信我们每个人每一天都可以通过微小的行动逐渐带来全球性的变化。”

Dear Diary,

The past three months in Melbourne have flown by! But first lets backtrack a bit. At the end of April 2017 before I jetsetted to the other side of the world, I finally finished my degree at McGill! After 5 long years, I came out with a bachelor of arts – concentrating in honours sociology with a minor in medical anthropology. My time at university helped to confirm and solidify my passion in helping marginalized communities and vulnerable groups. Through the lived experience of being an immigrant myself, I have always been cognisant of the struggles that people less fortunate are forced to face everyday, and I knew that I wanted to change that.

I have already had the opportunity to pursue this change during my degree by interning in countries like Colombia and Vietnam where I worked with local communities and grassroots organizations on social and sustainable development.  
When I heard the news that I was granted the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, I was ecstatic, and even more thrilled when I learned that I would be working with the IMPACT project at Monash University. In an effort at working towards health equity, IMPACT is a 5-year partnership that takes place in 6 different regions across Canada and Australia. The Victorian intervention aims at providing vulnerable populations in Southeast Melbourne better access to primary healthcare by connecting them to a general practitioner through a health service brokerage intervention.

I have learned so much during my time here. The quality and kindness of the team that I work alongside everyday is more than I could’ve ever asked for. Without their constant support, my experience here wouldn’t of run as smoothly as it has, and for that I am extremely grateful.

The internship gave me an eye opening experience at how multi-faceted - international research projects are operated on both the local and global scale. I gained a new understanding and respect for the power of research in unlocking potential to improve the lives of others.

My experience has also increased my awareness of the challenges face by local communities here in Melbourne, and how those can be extrapolated both to the Canadian and global context.

Amongst the numerous responsibilities I had, the one that had the greatest impact on me were the interviews we conducted with GPs and patients. Through hearing stories about patients who came in with vulnerabilities such as physical and mental disabilities, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse… and then seeing the genuine care and compassion the GPs had towards changing their situations. For a lot of these doctors, their motivation stemmed from a shared experience, such as being a refugee themselves, and hence wanting to make a contribution back these communities. It was really inspirational to see the power of local actors on improving the lives of others, such as these doctors roles in helping disadvantaged people navigate the healthcare system.

During my time here, I also had the chance to go to a Primary health care research conference in Brisbane, where I was exposed to a diverse range of disciplines. Both from this conference and at the department of general practice that I work at, I have been able to interact with and establish a multiplicity of networks ranging from clinical medicine to health management that I would of not otherwise been exposed to.

As I look towards the future, I know that my true passion lies in giving a voice to those who don’t have one. I see myself working with marginalized groups such as migrants, ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers, and indigenous populations in an effort to inflict change and achieve equity. I believe that we can all be global changemakers by taking small actionable steps every day that will lead to ripple effects across the world. Until next time!

Signed, Zinia
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