My name is Michèle Faiola, I am a second-year business major specialising in accounting and minoring in political sciences, and I joined the TRAC team in mid-September. I got involved in TRAC after attending the kick-off event held at the beginning of the semester with my roommate. The featured movie, “Salam Neighbor”, really touched me and gave me that little push I needed to get involved. I am now part of the finance team, and my role focuses mainly on settlement finances; most of my work is behind-the-scenes. I also love to help out at the merchandise booth on TRAC Tuesdays, so you may see me around now and then.
I care about the refugee crisis for a multitude of reasons. My main reason being that as a Christian, God calls us help those who cannot help themselves, including those who are not citizens of the same country as us. Job 31:32 says “no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveller”. Imagine what it would be like to live in a world where everyone has a home country they can happily call theirs, I feel as though God is calling me to pursue this narrative and help the Kapanda family – along with other future refugee families – call Canada their home.
Although I have only been with TRAC for a little over a month, I have learned so much about the intricacies of financially supporting a family; which is a skill I will probably put to use in the future when I have a family of my own. I have also become more responsible and organised through my involvement with TRAC. Keeping track of a family’s finances can be a challenge, to say the least, but it has made me more aware of my time and I could not be more grateful for this opportunity I have to serve my fellow humans. I am looking forward to the Kapanda family’s continuing journey here in Canada, and I pray that I – along with all of my fellow TRAC teammates – can be a shining light in their future adventures in the great white North.