Responding to COVID-19

Khaled Elmalawany

3rd year student

BSc (Eng) in Electrical Engineering
Minor in Biomedical Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering

Khaled Elmalawany

Get involved - you have nothing to lose!

As part of the health initiative, I volunteer with Alberta Health Service in the Emergency Department. I also volunteer with Biomedical Engineering Students’ Society (BMESS) as Events Commissioner and with Project 90 as Projects Manager. To uphold the youth engagement initiative, I volunteered with the Students’ Union Undergraduate Research Symposium Working Group and Quality Money committee as the Engineering Representative. Furthermore, I co-founded and volunteer a tutoring program called Tutoring Buddy, which I am the President since 2016. This initiative provides affordable academic support to high school students in, especially those with financial difficulties. All proceeds are donated to charity. 

One of the principals that I always believe in is to assist in providing the resources necessary for my peers and community members to help them grow and succeed.

Khaled Elmalawany

Student volunteer

What inspired you to pursue volunteer activities, or why is volunteering important to you? 

I grew up in a family where my parents always gave their time to volunteer. Thus, since a young age, I am passionate to give back to my community. One of the principals that I always believe in is to assist in providing the resources necessary for my peers and community members to help them grow and succeed. Volunteering is significant in building my character and personality as well as my skills, especially communication and time-management. This allows me to provide even more to the community while providing a stronger impact, which is my most important and powerful motivation. 

As a future engineer, what role do you see engineers playing in society during times of crisis? 

As critical thinkers, Engineers are crucial during times of crisis. They can think of efficient solutions to arsing difficulties quickly and jump right to the action. In addition, due to our career environment, Engineers are able to productively work under pressure and under a tight schedule, which are important skills during those times. It is important to note, that Engineers that uphold volunteering will be quick to act those in need and use their analysis skill to help charity organizations to grow and expand in order to assist more people in the community. 

What advice do you have for other students who are interested in volunteering? 

Even if volunteering may not seem appealing at the beginning, try it! You have nothing to lose. Youth Central and Propellus websites provide impermanent opportunities so you can try as many activities as you want without being “stuck” in a certain activity. In addition, that will be a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends! Plus, almost all volunteering opportunities have a friendly and engaging environment. Treat your volunteering as if it is a job; I got great references and recognition from Volunteer Coordinators, which could assist you in scholarships and future employment. Most importantly, Have Fun!