As time went by, Alexandra realized that she wanted to do more for the community she’d been dealing with since 2019. She decided to become president of the uOttawa Best Buddies chapter. As president, she was able to promote activities to both University students and buddies, including cooking, decorating and chair yoga. Even during COVID, when everything was online, her chapter continued to provide quality events via Zoom, for example, trivia nights, magic shows and even virtual tours of zoos.
Through these events, Best Buddies uOttawa has been able to offer a safe, hospitable space for students to connect with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, fighting stereotypes and misconceptions the latter face every day.
For Alexandra, community engagement has been an important aspect of her university experience, giving her time to a cause that benefits the greater good. She believes that community engagement can be very beneficial for students — a great way to meet new people, make friends, network and open doors to future opportunities.