Meet Melinda ...
Talofa lava I am Melinda Ah Yek and I am of Samoan, Chinese and German decent. I am a third year student studying Social Practice at Unitec Auckland (Tāmaki makaurau).
I have come to Volunteering Auckland due to my first placement for study and have enjoyed the experience with the people I have engaged with. I have many goals in life, but my biggest goal at present is to graduate with an understanding that my achievements are not solely mine, but one of the village that I belong to (family and friends). When I win they also celebrate having the win, which is also theirs.
I believe it is important to have knowledge to gain a greater understanding so that it may be shared, but also changes the narrative to help those experiencing discourses in Aotearoa society. Normalising and seeing more Pacific peoples in our institutes and universities would continue a view for the next generation to know that this is a possibility for our aiga (family).
In my life I have volunteered with many different areas including community kitchens, a fitness community program, taught in youth ministry in churches and assisted in helping with media in community workshops. I enjoy seeing a change in communities, even if it is a little impact.
The understanding that “many hands make light work” is something I believe is beneficial to all diverse communities (class, age, gender and ethnicity) that it give me hope that somehow my actions may create a ripple effect for those involved, but mainly for the younger generation.
I am excited about the learning I will gain with Volunteering Auckland and how it will develop me as a person.