Ariam Wolde-Giorgis, age 26, is an over-achiever, and that’s wonderful, especially as her energies are directed at building a more inclusive Calgary community. As an employee and volunteer of the Federation of Calgary Communities, she has developed solid working relationships with the City of Calgary, the United Way, Ethno Cultural Council of Calgary, Sunrise Community Resource Centre and other local community associations. Ariam connects people in need with those who can help. A case in point is the pilot program called “Engage U,” which engages residents in community life, identifies areas of need within the community, and builds strong relationships to address those needs.
She is also an active member of Calgary’s Eritrean community, directing women to health and financial-support services and building lesson plans for, and acting as mentor to, the Eritrean Language School. In addition, Ariam has also launched a student awards program to motivate, encourage and preserve Eritrean language learning.
Her passion for building an inclusive community stems from her family’s own migration experience. In 1992, when she was three years old, Ariam and her family arrived as refugees from Eritrea. Ariam is a remarkable young woman with a maturity beyond her years. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success in building a more inclusive Calgary community.