VOLUNTEERS TUESDAY: MEET JACQUELINE TALAY

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Tell us about yourself

My name is Jacqueline Talay, a lawyer by profession, currently undertaking an Advocates Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. I am quite an easy-going person who believes in taking a day a time. I am an ardent lover of art, music and nature.

What issues do you feel most passionate about?

I am passionate about seeking justice for those that are vulnerable within our society. I believe that for our nation to progress holistically, every part of the society needs to be involved.

Why did you decide to join OAC?

Well, children are close to my heart. And so is service to humanity. So when my friend, Becky, asked me to join her on a visit to a home for children with disability in 2017, I saw a great opportunity to be part of a noble course. Then I met the rest of the team. Admittedly, I had never seen such zeal, drive and passion exuded by young persons united over a course. I knew I was home! OAC is where my heart is!

What constitutes a successful day for you?

A successful day for me is one where I step a little more out of my comfort zone. However little the effort might seem, it makes a whole lot of a difference!
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What’s one of your favorite OAC memories? 

Each moment in OAC has been one of a kind –unique, fulfilling and inspiring. I always look forward to making more memories. A recent experience is one that occurred during our implementation of the One August Smile Project at Zion Children’s Home. A sweet little girl, Fadhili, walked up to me and said, ‘Teacher Jacky, I love to dance. Can I teach you some moves?’ By all means yes! Who would turn down such a kind offer? Oh my, ‘breaking a leg’ has never been quite literal. Let me just say that my bones have seen better days.

What professional skills and leadership goals have you developed or strengthened since joining OAC?

OAC has been so instrumental in building up my analytical and critical-thinking skills, as well as communication skills. Interacting with children from different backgrounds has opened up my mind to pertinent issues that affect them. This gives me a drive to be more proactive in utilizing my skills to address these issues. I have also made plenty of friends who challenge me to be better each day.

What do you feel most grateful for?

Life itself, in all its fullness.  I believe that each day presents a chance for us to make a difference in our own little ways.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I envision a society which respects and upholds the rights of every individual regardless of their status.

What is something special you bring with you when you are away from home and why?

My Bible! It is my reference point in all spheres of life. I strive each day to be more like Jesus

What’s your favorite quote?

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

Parting Words

Start where you are, with what you have. That’s all it takes to make a difference!

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