• Meet our Staff: Lia

    Hello faithful Mercy Ships Canada Blog readers!

    As a fourth year Political Science student at the University of Victoria who aspires to pursue a career in the field of NGOs, it’s awesome to have the privilege of being the Mercy Ships Canada Summer 2014 intern! This summer I am working as a Development Assistant, aiming to increase and strengthen partnerships between Canadian businesses and Mercy Ships.

    Screen-Shot-2014-01-23-at-2.47.35-PMI’m a native born “Creeker,” as we call ourselves — those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in the small, tight-knit, and especially quirky Oceanside community of Roberts Creek. My childhood memories consist almost entirely of outdoor activities: playing in freezing cold Roberts Creek (which I was lucky to have running through my parents’ property!), hanging out in my tree fort, creating trails through the forest, hanging out on the beach, and countless camping trips to our family’s favourite lake.

    Four years studying at UVic have solidified my passion for politics – particularly political involvement, international relations, the Israel/Palestinian conflict, and international development. As a Senior in High School, I began sponsoring the education of a young Kenyan boy named Moses through a charity run by my Vice-Principal. Moses and I have been exchanging letters and photos for almost 5 years now. Being exposed to the gratitude that comes from just one person receiving a small amount of support makes me so excited to be working for Mercy Ships, knowing the reach of this organization is incredibly far-reaching.

    Because I am passionate about the empowerment of women who have been oppressed, I’m very interested in the work Mercy Ships does for women with obstetric fistula. VVF surgeries help to restore the dignity of these patients and relieve them of the ostracism they are subjected to as a result of this condition.

    But above all, the thing I love most about Mercy Ships is that ALL patients leave the ship with a renewed sense of hope and confidence that is truly irreplaceable. I am proud to be a part of this organization for the short time that I am here, and I hope that I can make a helpful contribution towards the development of Mercy Ships Canada as I grow and learn during this internship.

    If you would like to connect regarding anything I have mentioned above, please feel free to contact me at  lia.lands@mercyships.ca I would be happy to hear from you!

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