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Avegaile Calzado


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

While working on a personal project, Avegaile was reminded of a social problem she feels very strongly about and wants to contribute solving. She always wondered WHY do many immigrants in Canada with university degrees and professional experiences cannot find the employment they want and deserve? WHY do many of them end up working in survival jobs? She realized there is a problem of untapped human potential and wasted human resources in Canadian society. Given her professional training, lived experiences, skill set, and expertise in research, policy analysis, strategic planning, and transformative leadership, Avegaile knows she can contribute to solving this problem. At the same time, she is not delusional about her abilities to create solutions alone on her own. Complex problems require complex solutions carried out by a team of thoughtful, committed, and competent individuals. So, she came up with a social project — building InHeartSight Community.

Avegaile is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines and describes herself as a reluctant extrovert. When she’s not working, she likes to spend her time in quiet spaces, painting, gardening, or paddling.

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