INTRO: Having a strong work team has always been a great way method of self care either to vent, to talk, to cry. Just to have those conversations, to joke, to have fun, share those moments. I’ve always been mindful of self care.
Hi my name is Salomeh Amadi
Q: Can you tell us about SEYA?
SEYA is South etobicoke youth assembly. They are a youth led youth run organization running out of LAMP community health centre. It’s an amazing organization that caters to south Etobicoke youth ages 14-19. I used to be involved with it way back 14 years ago when it started. I used to be one of the youths who came and earned volunteer hours, participated in the programs such as photography and now I’m back facilitating the photography program.
Q: What steps did you take in order to acquire the position you hold today?
So I got involved with SEYA when I was a youth in high school; yes I was a youth once upon a time. I don’t know if I was a go-getter or if I just needed an outlet and LAMP just happened to be there. I had to earn my volunteer hours and I got involved with the program. One of the best things about SEYA and LAMP is that they’re always providing opportunities, encouraging, and motivating. I think that was kind of instilled in me at that age so I participated through volunteering. Then I went away to university, came back every so often, I helped out with a summer recreation program in the park for community children and youth. And then I got hired part time. So I do part time work with them. I do everything from grant writing to workshops and now the photography program because I love doing photography and its always been a passion of mine since I first got that photography bug and I love teaching it to others.
Q: Can you share with us 2-3 Toronto events that you love attending?
Toronto has a lot of amazing events so it’s always hard to choose 1 or 2 that do it for me. So one of them is definitely Ruckus with SEYA. I’ve been a part of it since it started so I’ve been to about a dozen of them. It’s an annual fashion, talent, showcase with art and performances and its always live with a vibrant south Etobicoke community with a lot of people I know. I see everyone from youth developing their own fashion lines to performances so its really really exciting to see that. Every year I look forward to it, it’s in June. And the other over event would be – there was one recently that I went to and it was for International Women’s Day – Celebrating Women’s Voices and there were amazing performers from all across Toronto and 2 of the main headliners were Warsan Shire and Sonya Sanchez. Live performances and spoken word just really give me goosebumps and shivers and just do it for me. Its so amazing, its so empowering to feel and empathize with words that are expressed in a certain way.
Q: What has been the best lesson you’ve learned outside of formal classrooms?
One of the ones that’s always that I’ve been instilled – and usually from women and mentors in my life – is kind of like “work harder than you did yesterday”. And it just exemplifies going after what you want , working hard, learning, growing, admitting mistakes, and the potential to do more, learn more, be better – not just for yourself but seeing it in others as well. So working hard really drives me to think of new ideas and see where there are gaps in our needs and see where to cross-collaborate. So that really inspires me. I’m definitely…I never stop working hard I think. So definitely work harder than you did yesterday.
Q: How do you learn best?
So I think the way I learn best is a combination of a lot of things. Every time I do those personality tests I find that I’m multiple aspects of them or like 2 or 3 or 4. It’s true because I’m very adaptable so I love working with teams but I’ve also done really well individually. I’m more of a visual learner for sure so I like colours and I like to be able to see and draw and I love reading. Since I was young I was definitely a book worm. Reading and I’ll always go after info so I’ll research and I’ll look up stuff and wanna know more. If I’m curious about something I’ll wanna learn more about it. So I’ve always been a go-getter in that regards. I also learn by doing the which is why I love to facilitate. Usually people learn by participating and interacting and sharing their own definitions.
Q: Is there anything else you wish to share with us?
So I also work at Pathways to Education and they are having Their 3rd Annual Youth Led Arts Fair. There’s gonna be performances, silent art auction, food, fun its gonna be amazing. Its in Rexdale on Thursday May 29th from 4-7 and another event that I’m also doing is my own exhibit along with 3 other amazing female local artists in Etobicoke Revealing Identities with Lakeshore Arts. That is my first ever digital photography exhibit. It’s running right now for the month of may and mid-June and the reception is May 31st from 12-3.