Governance

Structure

B orderless World Volunteers is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2003 with the goal of helping undergraduate university students lead development projects across the globe while contributing to the wellness of their own local communities.

Responding to the rapid expansion in the scale of international and local projects as well as its ongoing development operations, Borderless World Volunteers has its governing body of Board of Directors where members meet periodically to discuss the raised issues and the way forward for the organization in accomplishing its mission of taking on the world’s toughest global challenges one student leader at a time.

Borderless World Volunteers is well organised, structured and strategic. The members of its Board of Directors work closely with their Global Executive Committees and a network of university chapters for advancing their organization’s mission and strategic priorities.

Board of Directors align their best practices in governance to their collaborative thinking around mission fulfillment while exercising full transparency about the charity’s funding, resource allocation and Annual Information Return filing with tax authorities adding to the organization’s highly acclaimed credibility and its well respected global brand identity.

Executive Committee

Jane Zhu

Co-President - Physiology (U3)


What does Borderless mean to you?

For me, Borderless is a way for like-minded individuals to connect and collaborate on initiatives which strive to empower our local and international communities. Through on-campus events, local volunteering, and international trips, Borderless engages young minds to address real-world issues in a sustainable fashion, and actively contribute to the betterment of our societies.

Describe yourself in one word.

Caring. I love to reach out to those around me and help with whatever I can! #weareallbestfriends

Emillee Hernandez

Co-President - Honours Environment (U3)


What does Borderless mean to you?

After committing to this organization for over three years now, Borderless World Volunteers has become a significant part of my life. It has provided me an opportunity to volunteer locally and abroad with grassroots NGOs that operate for the people and by the people, unlike some voluntourism-oriented organizations I’ve encountered in the past. Borderless has also helped me with my personal growth as an artist, a writer, and a leader. Watching this organization progress to what it is today has been an absolute honor. I cannot wait to see what our incredible team has instore for you this year!

Describe yourself in one word.

Extra. I’m extra in terms of volume, enthusiasm, and energy. #WheresTheOffButton?

Kaitlin Nuechterlein

VP Internal - Physiology (U3)


What does Borderless mean to you?

As a physiology student and dancer, I am well aware of what constitutes a healthy and colorful lifestyle. Through world travel, and living in a complex urban system, I know that many do not have the means to achieve the standards of equity and wellbeing that they deserve. Borderless has offered me a platform to exercise my passion for Global Development. Together we will strive to bring balance to the lives of others.

Describe yourself in one word.

Balanced

Sarah Herlaut

VP Chair of the Global Development Forum - Political Science and International Development Studies (U3)


What does Borderless mean to you?

It’s my third and last year as part of Borderless World Volunteers, and being given the opportunity to bring something to the table by challenging mainstream narratives on developmental matters through the Global Development Forum is new yet so exciting project for me to get involved into.

Describe yourself in one word.

Passionate

Ines Benjelloun

VP Finance - Finance and Mathematics (U2)


What does Borderless mean to you?

For me, Borderless is a way for us students to be part of something bigger; Something extremely out of reach and yet here we are making an impact from our little classrooms ar the other side of the world. This association devotes itself for the well-being of others all around the world and this is what make it so special.

Motivated

Rosalie Peng

VP Sponsorship - Economics and East Asian Studies


What does Borderless mean to you?

I have held corporate relations positions in the past, but working with a charity like Borderless has helped me realize the importance of Corporate Responsibility is, and just how much could be achieved by companies giving back to their communities. I look forward to working with our committee and sponsors to make this year’s volunteering initiative a success!

Describe yourself in one word.

Resolute

David King-Hope

IFF Co-Chair - Mechanical Engineering (U4)


What does Borderless mean to you?

Being in my last year at McGill, Borderless is a way for me to make a virtuous global impact before I graduate, and meet an inspiring and diverse team of people while doing so. The opportunity to work with this unit means alot to me and I’m looking forward to a great year!

Describe yourself in one word.

Ambitious

Christopher Hooper

VP International Development - Microbiology & Immunology (U3)


What does Borderless mean to you?

I personally believe that everyone should volunteer abroad at least once in their lifetime.  Borderless is an amazing way to enable McGill students in both the local and international communities through unique and impactful projects.  I am very excited to be overlooking the international projects this year, and I am looking forward to working with such a great team of execs and volunteers!

Describe yourself in one word.

Industrious

Emma Gunther

Editor-In-Chief, The Grassroots Journal - Economics & Political Science (U3)


What does Borderless mean to you?

For me, Borderless, and specifically The Grassroots Journal, is a way to discuss and generate ideas about how we can most effectively approach development. The way I see it, the more we talk and think about the problems we face the better we can get at fixing them!

Describe yourself in one word.

Idealist

Dylan Pelletier

Co-VP Local Development - Pharmacology (U2)


What does Borderless mean to you?

Borderless is an opportunity to help the Montreal community, the place that raised me and made me who I am today. It is an exceptional way to give back to the best city in the world and meet lots of amazing people throughout this experience!

Describe yourself in one word.

Optimist

Quinn Vidalin

Co-VP External Fundraising - Political Science & Psychology (U1)


What does Borderless mean to you?

Throughout high school and my first years at McGill, I have become extremely passionate about global development. In my opinion, fundraising through events is an amazing way to create awareness and bring McGill students together to organize change. Volunteering both locally and internationally is an extremely empowering experience and I am excited to help support the sustainable and life-changing opportunities that Borderless takes from vision to reality.

Describe yourself in one word.

Enthusiastic

Nicole Guile

Co-VP External Fundraising - Political Science, World Cinema and World Religion (U2)


What does Borderless mean to you?

For me, Borderless is a way to allow students to use what they learn in the classroom and apply it out in the world. We are so privileged to attend school in Canada and learn about development from the point of view of a developed country. Borderless is a way for students to apply their studies and foster a love for global development, while simultaneously helping our local community.

Describe yourself in one word.

Intrigued

Talissa El Khoury

Co-Chair IFF - History and Political Science (U2)


What does Borderless mean to you?

Borderless is a great opportunity for undergrads to give back to both the Montreal and international community. The IFF in particular is a beautiful way for students to explore different cultures by both making and eating food from all around the world. The way I see it, the more we can learn about each others’ cultures, the greater appreciation we can have for our similarities and differences.

Describe yourself in one word.

Driven

Advisory Board

The advisory board presently has 6 Board of Directors and Executive Board Members from various personal and professional backgrounds contributing their skills, time, talent and experience to the organization. Here are the current team members:

Farouk MeralliExecutive Director and Chair
Lisa KoftikianDirector, Finance & Tax Filing/Reporting
Bryan LinDirector, Marketing & Chapter Development
Yumiko LocussolDirector, International Development
Danielle MarjoramDirector, Local Development
Taoxin Wang President of McGill Chapter
Amanda FariasDirector
Liam CoughlinDirector, Information Technology

History

  • 2010-2016

    BWV has continued to implement projects in Africa, South America and Asia covering the fields of health, education and economic development. Alumni have gone on to roles at leading development organizations or have started their own organizations.
  • 2010

    BWV prepares to launch new projects and expand to new university chapters. First ever national development project will be conducted in Labrador, Canada.
  • 2009

    A new chapter is established at the University of London - SOAS, the new headquarters for Europe. Two new projects are launched in South America.
  • 2008

    A new chapter of BWV is established at Harvard marking the the entry of BWV to the United States. Another project is launched in northern India.
  • 2007

    BWV launches projects in northern India and Ghana. Panel series on key issues in global development is launched by the McGill chapter.
  • 2006

    BWV launches its first international project in western India. Local projects targeting issues in the chapter's community are initiated.
  • 2005

    BWV becomes a registered Canadian charity. The organizations national headquarters is established.
  • 2004

    The first university chapter is established at McGill and the Executive is formed. Local community development projects are organized.
  • 2003

    Borderless World Volunteers if founded to help undergraduate students lead development projects across the board.