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Child and Youth Worker students heading to Africa


Fifteen students will have a life-changing, educational experience when they head to Kenya to help build a maternity ward, and work in an orphanage in Watamu, Kenya this March. The trip is organized through Rustic Volunteer and Travel, a US based organization.

The third-year students will be accompanied by faculty members, Brian Wilcock and Colleen McAlister- Lacombe. The group leaves Canada on March 6 and will return on March 22.

"This trip is important to me as a Child and Youth Worker because we often become too focused and wrapped up in advocating right here in our community. While this is still a crucial part of being a Child and Youth Worker, too often people forget how important it is to globally advocate,” said Lyndarae Kupkee, a third year student. “It's much easier for some to spare the change in their pocket rather than travelling to a place like Kenya where 'need' is on an entirely different level than what they see walking down Princess Street. Going to Kenya will help me better understand the importance of global advocacy, so I can bring my experience back to my own community and be another voice."

“Both Colleen and I are excited to head up this unique opportunity for students to experience advocacy on a global level,” said Brian Wilcock, a professor in the program. “Having participated in a global advocacy initiative last year, we are extremely excited for this year’s group of students to experience the personal and professional growth that happens on a venture such as this. Students will be forever changed as a result of being involved with this initiative.”

This trip was made possible by student fundraising, donations from families, the business community, and generous bursaries for each student from the St. Lawrence College Foundation and the Student Association.

Special thanks to The Kinsmen Club of Kingston, who donated $8840.00 toward the purchase of local building materials, and for paying skilled Kenyan workers to perform the labor. Their goal is to help stimulate the economy with jobs, and to promote economic growth.

“We take so much for granted living in Canada, with our standard of living and medical care,” said Robin Hicks, Associate Dean, School of Community Services at St. Lawrence College. “Giving these students the opportunity to see first-hand how so many people live will be life-changing, and will help them develop the perspective needed to work in their careers in human services.”


About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition, revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

For media information:
Laura Tulchinsky, Communications
St. Lawrence College
613-544-5400, ext. 1291