Below are bios of past & present students who have contributed to this project😊
Ogechi Ukonu – Fall 2020 Intern
Hi everyone, my name is Ogechi Ukonu. I am a Nigerian who is currently in the 4th year of studying Global Development and Communication at the University of the Fraser Valley. For my internship, I’m working with the United Nations under UN habitat. So far we have worked on survey projects as well as some research that revolved around the Covid impacts on youths. While that is on the side, I am an entrepreneur who is very business oriented. I love to source as well as create content relating to clothes and accessories. My long term goal is to work with the UN as a researcher and writer or A Non – Profit Organization that deals with kids. At the end of my Intern experience, I hope to expand my network as well as get proper experience of what working with the UN feels like. Looking forward to working more.
Alicia Dyck – Fall 2020 Intern
Hello everyone! My name is Alicia, and this Fall I will be interning virtually for Advocates Without Borders! I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work from home with this internship, as I will be able to continue pursuing my studies at UFV at the same time. I am a fourth year Bachelor of Arts student in French, and I just got started in the Global Development program. Once I found out how wonderful this program was and how well it fit with my goals, I decided to jump right in with an internship. My career goals include attending law school, and eventually working as a lawyer for a non-profit or NGO, but my dream would be to work for the United Nations. Because of this, I am so excited to get started with AWB! I am very passionate about human rights, and I want to be able to spread awareness about the current situation in South Sudan. I hope to contribute to some real change through AWB this semester.
Hi everyone! My name is Abbey and I’m a fourth year Global Development Studies student. I have a craving for new experiences and I am insanely excited to have this unique opportunity to work virtually with CIFOR this summer. I am so grateful that I have been allowed this opportunity especially during the troubling time of COVID-19 but that makes me even more determined to be applying what I have learned in a time like this. Even though I will be doing my work from home, the internet has allowed us to continue amazing global opportunities like this and I am thrilled to experience something like this and to do it with CIFOR. Big thanks to Cherie for being able to put this all together like a champ!
Taelyr Keeley — Summer 2020 Intern
Hey everyone! My name is Taelyr and I am in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies. I have a passion for researching and developing ways that we can adapt our landscape to combat climate change throughout the world. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work virtually with CIFOR this summer alongside renowned experts, to gain valuable skills working with an international research organization. I am disappointed that I will not be living in Nairobi due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this internship presents a unique experience as I will be working abroad but from home here in Abbotsford. I would like to thank Cherie and CIFOR for this amazing opportunity!
Manpreet Dhillon — Winter 2020 Intern
Hello! My name is Manpreet and I am in my fourth year of Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology. I am really excited to be working with the team at CityLAB in Dar Es Salaam where I will be able to learn more about global development and get valuable hands on experience working alongside knowledgeable experts. I love connecting with new people and immersing myself in different cultures and this internship will allow me to do just that. I am very thankful for QES and everyone else involved for making this happen for me and cannot wait to experience Tanzania!
Tianna Sarra – Winter 2020 Intern
Hello gems, it is your girl T here! As a student in the BA Program at UFV, my love for the world and passion for global development has guided me to pursue such an amazing opportunity with CityLab in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. With an eager spirit for experiencing the beauty of different cultures, I am looking forward to applying my optimistic and creative mindset towards connecting and growing global communities. Immense gratitude for all those involved in the QES Program, along with Cherie, for a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Amanda Ellsworth – Fall 2019 Intern
Hey friends, “Amanda from Canada” is what I’ll likely go by for the duration of my internship in Nairobi, Kenya. From September to December 2019 I will intern at the United Nation’s Office for Project Services at the UN’s East & South Africa HQ as the QES 2000th scholar. This commences my fourth year of a BA in GDS at UFV and I am excited to experience and to learn what cannot be taught in class. Language. Interactions. Culture. People—that’s what intrigues me, so I am very keen to be immersed in all this for the rest of 2019. Many thanks to C. Enns, UFV and QES for the experience that lies ahead.
An Carson – Summer 2019 Intern
Habari! My name is An and I’m a third year Global Development Studies student with a minor in French from the University of the Fraser Valley. I have a passion for international development and look forward to experiencing a new learning experience and immersing myself into a new culture. I would like to thank the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program for this amazing opportunity and Cherie for all she does to make this possible!
Jake Jude – Summer 2019 Intern
Hello! My name is Jake Jude and I am finishing up my final year of my Bachelor of Arts degree. Global development has always been a massive interest of mine and getting the opportunity to put some of my communications skills to the test while learning more about urban development at the same time seems like a perfect fit! I am so excited to work with a team like CityLAB in Dar es Salaam as their work organizing events and doing research seamlessly connects my field of study with that of development. Thank you so much QES and everyone involved for affording me the opportunity to enjoy this experience in Tanzania!
Lara Hayward – Summer 2019 Intern
Hi! My name is Lara and I am going into my fourth year of my Global Development degree. I will be spending my summer working with UNOPS in Nairobi, Kenya through the QES internship. I am so excited to learn more about development through hands on international experience. I am very excited to experience Kenya’s environment and culture and I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope to make the most of my three months abroad!
Agnes – Summer 2019 Intern
I’m Agnes from Kenya. I am trained as an architect and currently undertaking my masters in Environmental planning and management at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. My research Project is On Urban Growth Management where I am focusing on the urban waterfront development. I am passionate about urban environmental conservation and inclusiveness. Being a QES scholar at UFV is a great opportunity to explore and look at the waterfront issues from an extended context other than my country; my uttermost gratitude to QES, Prof. Cherie Enns and Prof. Sam Owuor.
Veronicah Muendi Kisilu – Summer 2019 Intern
My name is Veronicah Muendi Kisilu and I am currently pursuing my M.A in Environmental Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. I am grateful to Cherie Enns for this exciting opportunity of being part of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars at the University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada. My project is on the role of Urban Farming in creating sustainable cities and Abbotsford gives me the opportunity to explore urban farming techniques. I look forward to a learning experience through sharing of my experiences and opinions as well as exploring different cultures and practices in the Beautiful British Colombia!
Lea Jovanovic – Winter 2019 Intern
Hello! My name is Lea and I will be completing the last semester of my Bachelor of Social Work Degree in Nairobi, Kenya as an intern at UN Habitat. I am looking forward to learning about international development and how social work is practiced on a macro scale in Kenya. I am very excited and grateful to be participating in this program, and cannot wait to immerse myself in the culture, environment and landscapes of Kenya. Thank you Cherie, QES and United Nations Habitat for this opportunity.
Christine Bartz-Winter 2019 Intern
Hi! My name is Christine and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Social work student at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am very excited to begin this new journey as an intern at Unops in Nairobi, Kenya. I desire to expand on my social work knowledge with extended research opportunities on international development, while immersing myself in the African culture over the next few months. A huge thank you to QES, and Cherie Enns for making this happen!
Alyvia Pickard – Winter 2019 Intern
Hi all, my name is Alyvia. I’m a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of the Fraser Valley. My internship is with Practical Action’s East Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya. The QES Scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to learn from Practical Action how new technology is being innovated and adopted to free individuals and communities from poverty. I am so grateful for this experience to learn about social issues on an international and global level. Thank you to QES, Cherie Enns and Practical Action for all the time and effort they have put in to get me here, across the world!
Renata Garcia-Paulin – Summer 2018 Intern
Hello! My name is Renata and I am a fourth-year Criminology student. I will be working with UNOPS through the QES internship in Nairobi and I am thrilled to have been offered such an amazing opportunity. I am excited to immerse myself in the different ways of lives and cultures in Kenya and learn about global development. Thank you to Cherie and everyone involved for making this happen on such short notice!
Edith Kemunto – Summer 2018 Intern
My name is Edith from Kenya, currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar at the University of the Fraser Valley. I intend to advance my research on the contribution of women to Kenya’s food production and the supply value chain; and more wholesomely to participate in a global context with a community dedicated to achieving food security.
Phanice Mokeira – Summer 2018 Intern
I’m currently an Environmental Planning and Management M.A student at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. This is such a great opportunity and I am super excited to be part of the QES scholars, 2018. My passion in community livelihoods improvement and sustainability has grown over the years and I am certain that this program will highly contribute towards this. I look forward to participating in this program not only to gain and share knowledge but also to share experiences and interact with students from different cultures.
Thanks UFV for making this happen!
Sherlyne Omangi – Summer 2018 Intern
I am Sherlyne Nyaboe Omangi from Kenya, an Urban Planner and a Master’s student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. My post graduate research is on Nourishing Green Spaces in the capital city of Nairobi Kenya with a focus to supplement food production in a dense urban environment and make cities self-reliant. I am thrilled and very grateful for this opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar at the University of Fraser Valley. Studying at UFV seems like the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a different culture, learn, work and interact with variety of professionals and senior researchers. Asante sana!
Megan Durno – Winter 2018 Intern
Hello from Nairobi! I am a third-year Geography student from the University of the Fraser Valley. I am thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with QES and UNOPS. I am eager to further my knowledge of community development and sustainable food systems, as these topics are connected to my passion for urban planning!
Sarah Mills – Winter 2018 Intern
I am a 3rd year Global Development Studies student with a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the University of the Fraser Valley. Thank you Cherie and QES for making this internship possible. I am anxious and excited to begin conducting research on sustainable food systems here in Nairobi, Kenya.
Veronica Mwangi – Fall 2017 Intern
I am a PhD student at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. My research is on Food systems in Kenya with a focus on the contribution of the wheat, dairy and beef food systems to food security, reduction of poverty and inequality. I am excited and very grateful for the opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth scholar at University of the Fraser Valley. It’s a golden opportunity to learn, work and interact with professionals, academicians, students and stakeholders on a global level. Asante to the UFV team that has made this possible. I look forward to learning all that UFV and Canada has to offer!
Mariam Genes Shirima – Fall 2017 Intern
My name is Mariam and I work as a Research Assistant at Ardhi University, Tanzania. Currently, I am also pursuing Master Degree in Public Policy Analysis and Programme Management at the Institute of Human Settlement Studies, Ardhi University. I would first of all like to thank the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program for this amazing opportunity which enables students to connect and share knowledge, ideas and experiences about different cultures in different communities. I extend my sincere appreciation to Prof. Kombe and Prof. Cherie for their tireless efforts of making this possible. I feel honored to be one of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars and I look forward to gaining new knowledge and experiences.
Stephen Otieno – Fall 2017 Intern
My name is Stephen from Kenya. I’m a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi. My research is on Environmental performance of coexisting food systems (water, carbon emissions and food waste). This exchange facilitated by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship offers a unique platform to engage, learn and deepen my understanding around this topic.
Alissa Cook – Fall 2017 Intern
Mambo! My name is Alissa and I’m a third year Global Development Studies student with a minor in Sociology, as well as an ACSM certified personal trainer and an Organizational Design Student. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar recipient, and am looking forward to learning and conducting research in an academic setting internationally. So far the people of Tanzania have been so welcoming and kind, and I’m grateful to be able to learn from each person we encounter. When I’m not studying you can find me working, training, hiking, eating Pho, or travelling!
Gemma Bridgefoot – Fall 2017 Intern
Habari! I have been looking forward to this internship for a long time now, and feel honoured to finally be here. I am eager to learn from this country, my fellow interns, and the connections we make while researching at Ardhi university and exposing ourselves to Tanzanian culture. I am a 3rd year Global Development studies student with a passion for social justice, urban planning, and cultural anthropology. Immense gratitude goes out to the Queen Elizabeth Scholar grant for making this internship possible.
Amy Chiasson – Fall 2017 Intern
I am a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Peace & Conflict Studies and Political Science. This QES internship in partnership with Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania gives me a unique opportunity to conduct research on food systems and engage in a field of study that is different but complimentary to my own. I am excited to explore Tanzania and soak up as much of this culture as someone can in three months!
Vizuri kukutana na wewe!
Josie Dyck – Fall 2017 Intern
I am a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies program also pursuing a minor in Business Administration, and have completed my intermediate proficiency certificate in Spanish. This internship in East Africa with the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program is an amazing opportunity to gain experience internationally, and to learn about sustainable agriculture and food systems in a development context. I am so grateful to be a part of this community!
Chelsea Krahn – Fall 2017 Intern
I am in my final year of studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Global Development my minor in Geography. I am excited about the opportunity to be a QES recipient so that I can learn, engage and participate in a global context that is focused on food security. I am passionate about sustainable urban planning, food systems and development. I look forward to working with UNOPS and UN Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.
Karlene Dowhaniuk – Fall 2017 Intern
I am a third year Bachelor of Arts student in the Global Development Studies program at UFV with a minor in Geography. I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with the East African Institute, and to further my studies related to sustainable food systems and community development.
Karl Krahn – Fall 2017 Intern
My name is Karl Krahn and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Biology. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to conduct research on food sources for Nairobi, Kenya with the East African Institute at the Aga Khan University. This semester will provide me with a priceless chance to further develop my research skills in an international context in pursuit of future biology graduate studies.
Sonja Klotz-Fall 2017 Intern
Mambo rafiki!! (Hello friend!)
My name is Sonja, and I am in my final semester of my Bachelor of Arts degree. I will be graduating with a Major in Sociology with a Social Research Concentration and am excited to complete my degree while being on a global adventure of a lifetime. I am super stoked to be here in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and am looking forward to putting my 5 years of academic and field research into practice. I am honoured to have been selected for the QES 2017 Internship, and partner with amazing people who work in the Global & National Development sector.
Tutaonana! (See ya!)
Priyanka Kaul – Fall 2017 Intern
Mambo!!! My name is Priyanka and I am currently in my final year of the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am majoring in Geography with areas of concentration in Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies and GIS. I am so excited to be doing my internship here in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; working on Food Security and Food Systems. Thank you QES for giving me the opportunity to come here and conduct research while working with professionals within the International network. I look forward to developing my skills in field research that will assist me in future graduate studies. I also look forward to immersing myself and learning about the vibrant culture that Tanzania has to offer.
Maisha marefu! (Cheers!)
Given Justin Mhina – Fall 2016 Intern
My name is Given Justin. I feel so honored to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar. I thank the organizers for their tireless efforts to keep this wonderful program going.
Elitruder Makupa – Fall 2016 Intern
Habari! I am Elitruder Makupa an intern from Tanzania. Currently, I am doing my PhD research. I feel blessed to be among the QES beneficiary under Fall 2016. Many thanks to Prof. Cherie and Prof. Kombe for making this possible.
Claurien Zanoria – Fall 2016 Intern
My name is Claurien Zanoria I’m in my final year of my studies at UFV. I will graduate with a major in GDS and a minor in political science. I’m so thankful for this unique opportunity that would not be possible without the hard work of Cherie and Dr. Kombe.
Dallas Peeling – Fall 2016 Intern
My name is Dallas Peeling and I will be graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Development Studies, a Certificate to Teach English as a Second Language, and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates in French and Spanish. Previously I have done an internship in San Francisco working for an NGO doing corporate philanthropy and international grant making. I have also studied abroad in France. I’m excited for the East Africa internship program because it is a terrific opportunity to explore the field of international development and the many avenues that it can lead you.
Gurpreet Jaswal – Fall 2016 Intern
My name is Gurpreet and I am a current student at UFV. I’m in my third year of the Economics program and I am currently undecided of where I want to go with my degree. I thought this was a great opportunity to gain research experience and explore Tanzania! Thanks to Cherie and QES for allowing us all to come on this amazing adventure!
Kristin Swardh – Fall 2016 Intern
Hello! I recently completed my Social Services Diploma and Professional Communication Essentials Certificate through the University of the Fraser Valley and am working towards a Bachelors of Social Work. The goal of my internship is to gain personal and professional experience while exploring this beautiful country. Thank you to everyone involved in allowing us to have this amazing opportunity.
Madison Stewart – Fall 2016 Intern
Mambo! My name is Maddie and I am a fourth year Global Development and International Relations student originally from Vancouver Island, BC. I am also the Vice President of my university’s Global Development Studies Club. In this position I have organized fundraisers, social events and advocacy campaigns on poverty and inequality. During my free time in Canada I enjoy road trips, finding new hikes, making guacamole, surfing, reading, drinking tea-lattes, and visiting my coastal hometown as much as possible.
Liam Halpin – Summer 2016 Intern
I recently graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in geography. This is my second time to East Africa and I am very excited to return to the region. I look forward to being able to work within a interdisciplinary setting on food systems.
Tyler Dove – Summer 2016 Intern
As a Business student at the University of the Fraser Valley I’m pretty much just excited to be invited out to this thing. Thanks Cherie!
Sheena Walper – Summer 2016 Intern
Hi I’m Sheena and I’ve recently graduated from UFV with a Bachelor of Business, specializing in Human Resources. I love travelling so this internship seemed like the perfect opportunity to both travel and gain international research experience. I’m excited to explore Tanzania and immerse myself in the culture. Once I go home I hope to pursue a career in international business, after some more travelling of course!
Heather Sumner – Summer 2016 Intern
Presently, I am a Global Development student at the University of the Fraser Valley. I have a constantly nagging travel bug which has taken me around the world and has given me the opportunity to experience many different lands and cultures first hand. With a great interest in rights-based development, sustainability and conservation, food security is an important issue with which I am excited to be involved. The East Africa Internship Program is allowing me to gain much needed experience in these matters and further my learning with hands-on participation in developing solutions for sustainable, accessible food systems in East Africa.
Amanda Penner – Summer 2016 Intern
Currently, I am an undergraduate student of English and philosophy at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am interested in exploring and better understanding cultures that differ from my own, and I also have an interest in issues of sustainability and in education. The opportunity to intern in Dar es Salaam and in Mwanza really excites me, as it will allow me to develop my knowledge in all of these areas.
Lisa Harrington- Winter 2016 Intern
I have graduated with my Social Services Diploma from The University of the Fraser Valley and I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Work. I wanted to participate in the East Africa Internship Program to support my future aspiration of a career working with vulnerable populations internationally. I am passionate about people’s capacity for growth and change. Once my current degree is complete I plan on continuing into a Masters Degree in International Social Work. If I am not in class then I can usually be found wherever live music is present.
Sydney Raison – Winter 2016 Intern
Hi my name is Sydney Raison and I am a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley. I am a Geography major with an Environmental Science concentration. This internship opportunity really intrigued me because I had never been anywhere but the developed world, and have always wanted to learn what life is like in the developing world. Learning hands on is my favourite way to learn, and you can’t be much more hands on then in the country itself! And hey, who doesn’t love an adventure?
Curtis Finlay – Winter 2016 Intern
I am currently in my fourth and final year at the University of the Fraser Valley, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Geography. I have a passion both for social sciences and for travel and have always dreamed of visiting East Africa. As an added bonus the internship also offers me an opportunity to work on a project I find immensely interesting and that will be a valuable assets should I decide to apply for grad school. These factors combined to make the East Africa internship the perfect way for me to finish my final semester of my undergraduate degree at UFV.
Aneesha Dhillon – Winter 2016 Intern
I am currently in my final semester of my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Fraser Valley, with a focus in English and Geography. The East Africa Internship Program is allowing me to get out in the field and to actually practice everything that I have been taught in the classroom as well as to further improve my skills. I thought that there could be no better way to complete my degree than by seeing a little bit more of the world!
Jeremy Wagner – Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 Intern
I graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors degree in Political Science in December, 2014. I am interested in pursuing a career public policy/ public administration and the East Africa Internship Program is giving me the opportunity to examine food security and food system sustainability through policy analysis. After gaining more relevant experience in the field, I plan to pursue a Masters degree in Public Administration. In my spare time, you’ll generally find me in the mountains.
Patricia Magala – Fall 2015 Intern
I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Global Development Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. I took this internship as a completion requirement for my degree and to learn about how food systems affect developing countries and the world at large. I love to laugh, and I love the rush of adrenaline! After finishing my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Development.
Sierra Nickel-Summer 2015 Intern
I am currently a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley, studying Geography in Urban Studies and Planning. I love spending time outdoors, and have a knack for adventures. I am involved in this project to learn more about the functions of cities in developing nations, and the impact they have on the surrounding communities. Once graduated, I plan on completing my Masters in Urban Planning.
Josh Rempel – Summer 2015 Intern
I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley, majoring in Geography in Environmental Science.
Marie Verbenkov – Summer 2015 Intern
I recently graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelors of Arts Criminal Justice Degree, a Psychology Extended-Minor, and an Intermediate Certificate in French. With this education, I would like to continue my studies and pursue a career combining my passions of human rights and international relations. Due to my adventurous personality, in my pastime I am inclined to be exploring the outdoors or engaging in some kind of physical activity.