Executive Committee 2012-2013
Co-President: Jasmine Lam
Hello! It's been an incredible experience with BWV during my undergrad years. I started as a volunteer in my first year and went on a remarkable trip to work on a permaculture farm on the hillsides of Ecuador. When I returned to McGill, I served as VP Local Development Committee, then moved on to heading up VP International Development Committee. This year, I am the Co-President of BWV. I strongly believe that BWV's model of volunteering, our emphasis on partnering with local grassroots organizations and training students to become leaders, is what makes our work special and empowering. I look forward to meeting all the new volunteers and to the adventures BWV will embark on this year!
Co-President: Danielle Marjoram
Hi my name is Danielle Marjoram and I am currently in my third year of the Anatomy and Cell Biology program. I became involved with Borderless World during my first year because I was interested in all the different types of opportunities this club has to offer. I went to Kenya during the summer of 2011 with Borderless World which was a life changing experience, and I decided to join the executive team during my second year to help others get the same experience. Last year I worked as VP On Campus Fundraising and transitioned to VP Local Development in the winter semester. This year as co-president I look forward to helping Borderless World Volunteers grow even further and hope to have a successful year with dedicated volunteers!
Vice-President Internal Affairs: Maria Bennett
Hello! My name is Maria Bennett, and this is my second year as VP Internal Affairs for Borderless World Volunteers. I'm currently in my fourth year at McGill, majoring in International Development Studies, and minoring in Environment Studies and Management. I decided to get involved with BWV three years ago because I was very interested in volunteering abroad. Along with three other McGill students, I spent two months in very rural village in Western Kenya working on a community development project, doing everything from creating budget reports in school to mudding the walls of a house. It was truly an unforgettable experience. Sadly this is my last semester with BWV, as I'll be traveling back to East Africa in January to participate in a field studies program. However, I am so glad to proud to have been part of the BWV team and am excited to see the organization grow from year to year!
Vice-President Internal Affairs: Julia Hensley
Hello! My name is Julia Hensley and I am in my second year here at McGill majoring in Women’s Studies and Anthropology. I was drawn to Borderless World Volunteers due to the group’s mission to create and implement development projects, which aim to increase the quality of life for those in need. One of my main passions in life is volunteer work, and upon learning about Borderless World, I couldn’t think of a better organization to devote my time to. I am apart of the International Committee and I am very excited to hopefully take part in one of our abroad humanitarian trips this upcoming summer. I have recently taken over the position of VP Internal, and feel privileged to be taking on a larger position with such an amazing club. Aside from schoolwork and hanging out with friends, I love photography, art, watching movies and eating out!
Vice-President Finance: Lya Krzyzanowski
Hey, I’m Lya and I’ve recently started working with the Borderless World Volunteers McGill chapter as the VP Finance. Having done multiple volunteer work abroad and at home when in high school in San Francisco, I was attracted by Borderless World as it is a perfect way to get involved, not only internationally but locally too. Travelling back to Brazil often to visit my family, I was shocked at a young age by the vast inequalities there, and ultimately decided to pursue a career path in public policy. When not working on my excessive reading load for my honors political science degree, I enjoy zumba classes, watching Food Network, and acting in plays or short movies.
Project Development Wing
Vice-President International Project Development: Rosa Stall
Hi, I'm Rosa and I am in my fourth year at McGill studying history and religious studies! This year I am in charge of leading the international development project. Last year we had a great group of volunteers and the trip to Ghana was an amazing success. I am excited to meet with another dedicated group of volunteers and see what they come up with! This will be my second year involved with BWV and I am eager to continue learning about issues regarding development around the globe.
Vice-President Local Project Development: Amanda Farias
Hi my name is Amanda Farias and I will be the VP Local Project Development for this year. I am from Mississauga, Ontario and I’m currently in my fourth year at McGill, majoring in Kinesiology. I joined BWV at the beginning of 2012, and in my short time here I have meet a lot of amazing people and have really enjoyed volunteering in the Montreal community. Apart from volunteering, I also enjoy working out and spending time with my friends and family. I hope that I can help everyone have the same great experiences I’ve had so far with BWV!
Organizational Correspondence Wing
Vice-President Club Development: Renaud Comba
Hey! My name is Renaud Comba. I am a U2 student at McGill University. I am majoring in Political Science and International Development. I am going to be VP Club Development for the year 2012 - 2013. I am very excited to be part of BWV executive team. Indeed, my BWV's experience started last year as a volunteer. I went to Ghana last summer for 2 months. I stayed in a small village called Kliklor - Agbozume. Over there I taught and took care of kids in an orphanage. During the weekend, I also went to Senior High School in order to prevent the propagation of HIV/AIDS. BWV distributed more than 1000 condoms over there. It has definitely been the best adventure of my life. That is why I am really excited to see what projects we are going to do this year. On a personal note I like to read and spend time with my friends. I hope to see you very soon with Borderless World Volunteers!
Commercial Activity Administration Wing:
Vice-President On-Campus Fundraising: Charlotte Lewis
Hi, my name is Charlotte Lewis and my title is VP On-Campus Fundraising. I’m currently studying Cultural Studies and Marketing, although I have a keen interest in statistics. I’m very glad to be on the BWV executive team because I love being part of something that enacts change in communities globally and in the lives of other students. In my spare time I’m usually cooking, watching movies or hanging out with some friends. I’m looking forward to a year full of fundraising and FUN!
Vice-President External Fundraising: Diana Famintsyna
Hey everyone! My name is Diana Famintsyna and I'm so excited to be VP External Fundraising to organize all of our exciting events this year! I'm a U1 student studying International Development and I joined BWV last year. I got the chance to go to Ghana this past summer for a month where I taught in an elementary school, worked in an orphanage and developed a women empowerment project! I was also part of the local committee and one of my favourite volunteering experiences was going to a soup kitchen with the other volunteers to serve dinner to over 300 homeless men! The great thing about BWV, and what makes us so different from the other volunteer clubs, is that as a volunteer, you are in control of what volunteering you wish to do and you are given the power to implement your own projects! I am so excited to spend another year with the amazing people I have and will meet!!!
International Food Festival Coordinator: Shivani Bhat
Hey everyone, my name is Shivani and I'm in my third year at McGill majoring in physiology, and doing a minor in psychology. I call Toronto my home, though I am a true Indian at heart. I can memorize Bollywood songs better than my anatomy sketches, and cook the best chicken curry:P This is my second year organizing the International Food Festival, after celebrating a great success last year. McGill is extremely multicultural and I want to spread the word of its diversity through food and entertainment: the two things students like most. My aim is to make IFF one of the best festival's at McGill. We are hard at work preparing for this year's festival in February where we will be bringing various student performances in addition to cultural food from all around Montreal. I'm looking forward to a bombtastic year with Borderless World Volunteers this year! Check out our website www.mcgillfoodfestival.org, or send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
We Are The World Conference Coordinator: Emma Bambrick
Vice-President Journal: Sara Espinal
Hello, my name is Sara Espinal Henao and I am VP Journal for BWV. Throughout my undergraduate years as a student of Political Science and International Development at McGill, I became passionate about empowering those who advocate for change in the world. Upon learning about Borderless World Volunteers’ mission to encourage the youth to become leaders in development, I realized that there was no better organization to dedicate myself to. I look forward to contributing to this mission by creating a journal on the issue of International Development, hopefully inspiring others to express their opinions and become part of this great organization. Aside from volunteering, I enjoy drawing, writing, watching romantic comedies, and visiting my family in Colombia and Nova Scotia.
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