BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAPTER
I began promoting children’s rights for UNICEF since first being introduced to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991. A nursing graduate from UBC, I have worked in community health and childbirth education. A mother of four, I have volunteered extensively for my local community but it was UNICEF that connected me with Wanda Bedard on a study tour to Mozambique in 2005. Wanda is committed to improving access to education for the most vulnerable girls, and I believe that educating girls is the key to realizing all other aspects of children’s rights. As a member of the BC team, I enthusiastically support 60 million girls because this organization of dedicated volunteers has the most efficient, focused model for fundraising.
A very fortunate path led me to a decade of volunteer work with UNICEF BC. There, I had the privilege of meeting many, many wonderful people, learning a plethora of new skills, and finding my passion, providing assistance and hope to the world’s most underserved children. With UNICEF, I travelled at my own expense to view multiple projects in Cambodia, Mozambique and Namibia, reinforcing my desire to help. In Mozambique, I met Wanda Bedard, whose path I would fortuitously cross again with the 60 million girls Foundation. I am thrilled to now be volunteering with 60 million girls, starting the BC Chapter, the first team outside of Quebec!
As a teacher, although spending most of my career in the educational publishing business, education has always been my passion. That passion has also driven my community involvement and volunteering. I have volunteered with UNICEF, my local school district in a variety of roles, a local school, where the majority of students are from new immigrant families, with give-away book projects and fundraising, a youth-at-risk program, to name a few. Also, as the mother of three grown children, I know the value of education. 60 million girls is an amazing group of people furthering education for girls in developing countries and it’s an honour to work with them all.