When Jasjot Sidhu moved to Canada in 2017, she was determined to start an independent life without asking for any help from her family back in India.

She began working night shifts at Tim Horton’s while planning a new career and life. 

“I come from a culture where we help others. When I landed here, I thought what good do I want to do? So, I began volunteering.”

Sidhu reached out to Volunteer Airdrie for opportunities to help others in the community. She became an active volunteer with Community Links, Bethany Seniors and other community events.

But it was volunteering at Ecole Airdrie Middle School that sparked her joy working with children. She enrolled in the Education Assistant program at Bow Valley College while still making time for her night shifts and volunteer work.

Sidhu credits the help of her nominator, David Maffitt, for never feeling alone in Airdrie. Instead, feeling she always has the support of people around her who are cheering on her success. 

“I feel like I belong in Airdrie, and I would love to do more for my city and community. I love Airdrie,” says Sidhu.