About Me

I am a first generation Canadian, and hold dual citizenship from Canada and Poland. My father grew up in Communist post-WWII Poland while my mother was born and raised during the Cultural Revolution in China. From them both comes a deep appreciation for freedom and human rights, and an understanding of what it was like for them and for people still suffering today. Although I was born into a safe, happy, and privileged life in the West, my parents made sure I knew how lucky I was and how basic elements of survival are not guaranteed to be available for everyone. It is because of their teachings that I understand people have to fight for what I have, and that is not easy. There are personal stories in my family's past that I have never forgotten and that have solidly ingrained in me the value of helping others have a better life. Human rights should not be a question for anyone, ever. Sadly, they are, and I want to change that.

So the point of all this is quite simple really - I care. Sure, the world is doomed and it is entirely humanity's fault, but so what? As long as I am capable of doing something - anything, really - to help ease the inevitable pain* of another, I want to and hope that I will always try to do so.

*one of my favourite Navy Seals quote is "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." The definitions of "pain" and "suffering" I consider to be very contextual