Eight U of G Community Members Selected For 'Leave For Change'
Doing Their Part To Build A Better Planet
by Guelph Now! Local news Apr 19, 2012
Eight U of G Faculty, Staff to Leave for Change in 2012
Eight members of the University of Guelph community have been selected for Leave for Change in 2012.
Two U of G professors and six staff members will use their vacation time to volunteer during short assignments in developing countries overseas.
“We had a wonderful response from the University community,” said Martha Harley, assistant vice-president (human resources). “I thank everyone who applied for the program.”
Harley said the Leave for Change application and interview process highlights the diversity and expertise of staff and faculty.
Volunteer assignments and travel dates have yet to be completed.
Successful applicants are:
Tania Framst, executive assistant, vice-president (finance and administration);
Patti Goodman, program manager, Kemptville Campus;
Verne Harrison, gallery co-ordinator, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre;
Susan Kelner, program co-ordinator, Ridgetown Campus;
Prof. Jacqueline Murray, history professor and director, First-Year Seminars program;
Looknauth Ramsahoi, supervisor, Dairy Analysis Lab, Laboratory Services;
Nicole Tessier, supervisor, Student and Conference Services, Communications and Alumni Relations, Alfred Campus; and
Prof. Clive Thomson, Director, School of Languages and Literatures.
“Leave for Change offers an opportunity for staff and faculty to do their part in building a better planet by contributing their skills and knowledge in communities where they can really make a difference,” said Harley. “We are so proud of this program and the contribution staff and faculty have made since it launched at the University in 2007.”
U of G runs Leave for Change along with Uniterra, a joint initiative of World University Service of Canada, and the Centre for International Studies and Co-operation.
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U of G and Leave For Change
The University of Guelph was the first university in Canada to support Leave for Change, an initiative that sees the University annually sponsor up to seven employees who volunteer their knowledge and skills overseas during short assignments in developing countries. The University of Guelph’s staff and faculty involvement in Leave for Change “reaffirmed my absolute belief in the goodness of people,” said President Alastair Summerlee when the initiative was first launched.
Leave for Change is offered in partnership with Uniterra, a joint initiative of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Co-operation.