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Meet Unsia

Posted by Ann.Lee

Hey everyone!

I’m Unsia Hussain, the new Program Coordinator for the Child Protection Mediation Program. I’m very excited about this opportunity, and I’d like to thank everyone at Mediate BC Society for giving me a warm welcome and making me feel supported.

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and grew up in Abu Dhabi, UAE before moving to Vancouver three years ago. It’s been a wonderful journey, and through it I’ve developed an appreciation for other and love learning about new perspectives, cultures and ways of living. I believe that we learn a lot through even the smallest of interactions, and I approach every day with that in mind.

In my youth, I learned that self-doubt can be a tricky thing. I remember very clearly the conversations where my classmates would discuss what they wanted to do after university. Options ranged from working for an accounting firm, to pursuing medicine or becoming a civil engineer (these were all common answers and perfectly acceptable ones too). When my turn came, I suddenly realized I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do. I got a little nervous and didn’t know what to say other than “I want to help other people”; although I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to do that at that time.

Fast-forward to now, and my answer remains the same; albeit with some greater clarity. My list of goals has gotten considerably longer, and the way I define the word “help” has changed (this is just the over-excited and geeky Philosophy student speaking), I still want to help others and (hopefully) make this world a little happier, safer and healthier for all of us. While I understand that change takes decades and involves a lot of cohesion and collaboration within a community, it is definitely possible. And because of that, I look forward to my work with the Child Protection Mediation Program, raising public awareness about mediation, and making sure that processes run smoothly so children, families and the people who serve them, are better supported.