2017 Leave for Change Volunteers Announced

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017


Congratulations to the seven members of the University of Guelph community who have been selected to participate in Leave for Change in 2017.

Leave for change provides an opportunity for U of G staff and faculty to demonstrate their commitment to global citizenship and international development by contributing their skills and knowledge during short-term volunteer assignments with organizations in developing countries.

“Thank you to the Leave for Change Alumni and the University of Guelph community for advocating for and supporting the opportunity to contribute skills and knowledge globally.  The Leave for Change selection process without question highlights the diverse range and depth of skills, experience, and talent of the University of Guelph’s staff and faculty,” said Martha Harley, Associate Vice-President (Human Resources).

Volunteer assignments and travel dates are being finalized for the following staff and faculty:

  • Andrea Bidgood, Laboratory Assistant, Agriculture and Food Laboratory, Laboratory Services
  • Colleen Myronyk, Manager, Co-op & Employer Partnerships, Co-operative Education and Career Services
  • Fernanda Svaikauskas, Research Associate, Department of Food Science
  • Jonathan Chang, Laboratory Technician, Animal Health Lab, Laboratory Services
  • Justin Liu, Laboratory Assistant, Agriculture and Food Laboratory, Laboratory Services
  • Statia Elliot, Associate Professor and Director, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management
  • Wayne Johnston, Librarian, U of G Library

 “We are so proud of this program and the contribution staff and faculty have made since it launched at the University in 2007,” said Harley.

Leave for Change is offered in partnership with Uniterra, a joint initiative of the World University of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Co-operation (CECI).

View the Leave for Change web pages to learn more about this volunteer opportunity of a lifetime!

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