Food: A Global Treasure
Samiha Sajida is a Full IB Grade 12 student at Ross Sheppard High School. As the first ever recipient of the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference Scholarship from Edmonton and Area, she represented Western Canada at the Summer 2016 IBWSC in Denver, Colorado. Having been introduced to the glaring global issue of food wastage and food inequality, Samiha returned home with a new found passion to add to her list. As founder of the first ever Ross Sheppard IB executive student group, she aims to empower and encourage students to embrace the IB spirit of being global citizens. The group aims to raise awareness about the pressing issue in the school and neighboring communities and begin an initiative to rescue food to be distributed where it is needed the most.
In addition to being an activist against food waste, Samiha is also a mentor to inner city underprivileged youth, an Edmonton Centre Contituency Youth Councilor, a volunteer recreational therapist providing quality care to palliative and dementia patients at two different medical facilities, and an avid peer tutor at her high school.
Samiha has received many awards and scholarships throughout her academic and professional career, including the prestigious SHAD Valley Entrepreneurship Award, the Journalist of the Year Award, the Top IB Diploma Academic Standing Award and more recently, the University of Alberta Entrance Academic Excellence Award and the prestigious University of Alberta Entrance Leadership Award.
With all her passion, hard work and dedication, Samiha has high ambitions of entering the medical field for a life long career. More specifically, she is hoping to become an OB/GYN as she is interested in women’s health, especially that of marginalized women in Canadian society as well as globally. She hopes to bring the Canadian legacy of free and universal healthcare to underprivileged women around the world in the future, by joining organizations such as the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders someday soon.