Dr. Fozia Alvi understands that one person’s voice can make a difference. The voice of the family physician who has practiced in Airdrie for more than a decade has now reached the highest levels, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum in defense of the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh. Originally from Pakistan, Alvi’s advocacy started after a medical mission to Bangladesh. After seeing the plight of thousands of refugees, who have fled their homes in Myanmar due to what many countries have declared genocide, Alvi refused to stay quiet. She contacted media and began to share what she had seen. “It’s not right to be quiet when these atrocious crimes are occurring,” she says. “I had to do something, because I was very angry.” Alvi refuses to give up. She has returned to the poverty-stricken refugee camps several times to provide health care and continues to speak out against the situation. Alvi’s colleague, Dr. Mindy Gautama, is impressed by her dedication to the refugee population. “Her stories are heartbreaking but important in shedding a light on the despair of a people that the world has ignored far too long.”