Shortly after graduating with a finance degree from McGill University in 2003, PEI-native Raymond Rashed looked east for opportunity. “Halifax is a vibrant city, I saw lots of diversity and development here, and I knew it was a place where I could thrive.” Rashed quickly landed a job with Scotiabank, eventually becoming a district banking manager where he works closely with the company’s vice-president to support 26 branches in North East Nova Scotia and their clients.
Giving back to the city he lives in is important to Rashed, and inspired his decision to join the board of Fusion Halifax, an organization for young Halifax residents who want to make their city a better place to work, live and play. In his role on Fusion’s People Factor action team, Rashed and his co-volunteers are helping to develop the skills in young professionals, as well as strengthening their ties with the city’s employers. “It’s not just about living in a city and having a good career. It’s about how you use your experience and connections to make the city more welcoming and attractive to other young professionals,” he says.
Of course, Rashed says there’s also a huge personal payoff in volunteering. “I’ve developed skills and connections that I’ve been able to apply directly to advancing my own career,” he says. “Giving back is always a win-win.”
To hear more about why Raymond loves Nova Scotia, visit www.nsbi.ca/next