Meet Shira Druker
“Others help you realize what you couldn’t do alone, and help you unlock your potential. People have the power to help you self-actualize.”
Shira is a lover of life and takes every opportunity that comes her way. If no opportunity comes, she creates it.
After recently moving to Toronto, Shira connected with inspiring people, and created “The People of the Book Club” to foster community for her and others. She is in the works of creating a community of learners far long after their formal education is complete.
Inspired by the people she met along her own journey, Shira created this group so each individual could showcase their own talents and abilities. In bringing unique individuals together, Shira is creating a diverse group of passionate people who teach and learn together.
“Once you’re done learning in school, you should still be passionate about learning in life. The education doesn’t have to be academic. The idea is just to engage with new philosophy, language, ideas, and people.”
The club is expected to meet once a month for activities such as pickling, origami, henna, and axe throwing, to name a few.
“It’s cool because the group is made up of a mismatch of people. Since everyone comes from a different background, we all have a huge range of things to learn. It is slowly creating a community.”
Shira believes there is something to learn from everyone and enjoys listening to others’ experience, since it helps build a bigger picture of the world around her. “My dad always says, ‘you can learn something from anyone, if nothing else than something about them’. That resonates with me. I learn from my friends all the time.”
Shira is community-oriented, and believes that “four hands are better than two”.
“You shouldn’t go at it alone. Others help you realize what you couldn’t do alone, and help you unlock your potential. People have the power to help you self-actualize.” For Shira, that’s what friends, family and community are for.
Shira Druker was born in Vancouver and recently moved to Toronto after completing her masters at The University of Toronto. She finds inspiration and motivation from her peers and believes everyone has something to teach and something to learn.
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Written by: Adina Samuels