EWB-GR 2010 Professional Junior Fellow Now Selected
April 14, 2010 | By EWBGR |
EWB-Grand River is pleased to announce Mark Soares has been selected as our community’s Professional Junior Fellow (JF) for 2010. Mark is our second JF, following in the footsteps of Liz Logan, who was working in Africa in the Autumn of 2009. The JF Program involves a 16 month commitment where Mark will spend four months in preparatory learning, four months working with one of EWB’s African Program Teams in Ghana, Malawi or Zambia, and at least eight months contributing enxperience and leadership upon his return to the Grand River region.
Currently a resident of Guelph, Mark has been an active member of EWB-Grand River for several years. Most recently he has been focusing on our corporate outreach initiatives and workplace lunch-and-learn presentations. Mark became interested in volunteering with EWB’s African Programs after attending the EWB Eastern Canada Professional Chapter Retreat in October 2009. He says he was drawn to EWB’s approach, which focused on local and sustainable ideas along with big-picture project orientations and long term potential. Mark is especially looking forward to working in Africa with our partners to help empower local leaders and create change in their communities.
Over the next few weeks, EWB- Grand River will be continuing to raise funds to support Mark’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa. All donations to the community through our website at this time will go directly to this cause. In addition, EWB-Grand River will be hosting a series of fundraising events through June 2010. Your participation and support of Mark’s work is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you at an event real soon.
On behalf of the entire EWB-Grand River community: Congratulations Mark! We look forward to contributing to your work, learning and experiencing along side of you during this awesome adventure.