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Appreciating the uniqueness of this city
By: Natasha Nakhle
My experience as a Carrousel of the Nations Youth Ambassador was incredibly rewarding and truly an unforgettable learning experience. I am a lifelong Windsorite, so I always took the cultural diversity we have here in Windsor-Essex for granted.
During my time as a Carrousel Youth Ambassador, I learned a lot more about the history of diversification in Windsor and grew to appreciate the uniqueness of this city because of its rich culture. I also learned a lot more about Carrousel itself. I had been attending Carrousel since I was very young, yet there was still so much I had to learn about its history, development and the “behind-the-scenes” logistical aspects. Through my time as a Youth Ambassador, I was able
to meet like-minded, passionate youth from various cultural communities. I became better-acquainted with other demographics in the city and immersed myself in their cultures in a much more meaningful, personal way.
When I worked alongside the Multicultural Council on the #GenVax campaign in summer 2021, it was a very educational leadership opportunity. I got to be part of each step of the process in community-based design; the brainstorming, the logistical planning, the execution and the reflection. I learned how to efficiently collaborate with team members, while being a voice for my demographic at large. It made me a lot more interested in local youth-led social justice initiatives and it taught me how to effectively network with other organizations, which helped in my external pursuits of volunteerism.
As for the 2022 Carrousel event, I think it went off without a hitch. When handing out the magazines prior to the Carrousel, I found that so many people looked forward to the annual Carrousel because it was a welcome change from their monotonous routine. I was able to visit nearly all the villages, and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. I found that there was infectious energy and enthusiasm in all the volunteers and visitors, which was a welcome change after years of isolation. After posting some of my experiences at Carrousel on different social media platforms, I was met with an overwhelming amount of interest from classmates, coworkers and family. Carrousel truly does bring people together from all walks of life and it is such a joyous occasion. I saw so many other young adults at the Carrousel events, which is a great indication of prosperity and longevity for Carrousel. Being part of the Carrousel Entourage was also a very exciting experience, which allowed me to experience Carrousel in a whole new way.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience as a Carrousel Youth Ambassador because it equipped me with knowledge that will help me in various endeavors and also introduced me to so many ambitious and intelligent individuals.