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REPORTING · 12th January 2013
Walter McFarlane
A University Student who is attending the University of British Columbia and calls Kitimat home, Sabrina Trigo, is looking for assistance to volunteer in Thailand this summer with the International Student Volunteers (IVS).

By joining up with ISV and participating in this outreach, I hope to further my volunteer experience in a way that makes a real impact, wrote Trigo in a proposal. ISV is an internationally recognized and awarded organization that sends university students from Canada, the U.S., Australia and the U.K. to various countries around the world in an effort to impact entire communities and endangered habitats in need.

Trigo was an active volunteer when she was living in Kitimat. She volunteered with the Kitimat General Hospital auxiliary, Mount Elizabeth Secondary School Student Council and the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group. At UBC, she is working with UBC World Vision and her Sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, fundraising for the BC Arthritis Association.

I am so excited to have an opportunity to assist others in the world, but, as you may know, international travel can be somewhat costly. This is why Im asking for your help. I would be grateful if you could sponsor me in any way possible to fund my 80 hours of volunteer work I will be completing while working on a community development, wrote Trigo.

Her travel costs are approximately $5,000 which will cover her accommodations, meals, ground transportation, materials for the project and support. Being there will also be a learning experience for her.

While on my community development project, Ill learn about the socio-economic challenges of people living in developing countries and communities, which will strengthen my understanding of the world at large and lead me on a path of humanitarian efforts to impact our world for years to come. Past ISV volunteers have worked with children in orphanages and rescue centers, and built schools, medical facilities and community gardens, among other assignments. With your help, I will be able to broaden my cultural and social awareness, as well as improve the quality of life for disadvantaged families and children, wrote Trigo.

Kitimat City Council was asked to support her trip on Monday, January 7th. Councillor Rob Goffinet made a motion to approve the travel grant requested of them, $750. The grant will be paid when all of her funding is in place.

This young woman, now a University Student, was a very welcome and very productive student representative for two years on the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group. She was an excellent, forward thinking, well thought of and clear thinking member of our group. I can see where, as a high school student, she did this type of work and Im pleased to see that now that shes in University, shes actually looking for international programs to take part in. quite exciting, said Goffinet.

The grant was approved by Council.

Its nice to see that our young people from our area are going out and helping internationally, said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.