Emilie Norris-Roozmon, 20
Program: Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours Degree
When members of the University of Guelph Arts and Science program approached me to create the 150 For Change group aimed at helping Tanzanian Orphans, I jumped at the opportunity. It followed my belief of Mens sana in corpore sano, a Latin phrase, that translates to “a healthy mind in a healthy body". Emphasizing that the incorporation of physical exercise is an essential part of psychological and physical well-being. Our group started to fundraise through family, friends and local businesses from December 2016-January 9th 2017 for solar paneled education tablets, called Rumi Tablets. In February we shipped $17,000 worth of tablets and solar panels, and successfully completed our ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro over the new-year, thus commencing the 150th year of Canada and helping spread the awareness of global education on a larger platform.
Our involvement with the CHETI school aimed at improving children’s education so that they could have the tools to improve their education from within their own community, thus creating an impact that would last far after we had left their company. Each member of the 150 for Change group helped at programming their own educational video that would be used in collaboration with the education system that was taught in CHETI school, thus offering education to young children in Arusha without requiring wifi or electric power, in essence allowing a rural village the accessibility of some of the newest technology aided education. In my opinion, our mission throughout this trip followed the belief that you could give a man a fish, and you can feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
I plan on using the funding I received through the Summerlee Humanitarian Award on an international service project while studying abroad in Lyon France for the school year of 2017/2018. September 5th will mark the beginning of my year-long studies at the Université de Lyon I Claude Bernard where I will be in my 3rd year of studies at the undergraduate level. Seeing as there have been so many recent attacks in Europe, I plan on helping victims as I travel from France to England, and around Europe and spread my Humanitarian efforts internationally.
Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing my studies with a Masters in Environmental Sciences prior to applying to medical school. I aspire to find a career where I will be able to merge my love for nature, and humanitarianism, which leads me to pursue medical research, where I will be able to help on a much larger platform.
I would like to offer my deepest gratitude towards the Angel Gabriel Foundation for this exceptional scholarship. Prior to receiving this award, I was struggling to pay for my expenses while juggling numerous summer jobs and using my savings to support my expenses during the school year. This award has offered me the financial freedom to study for the next school year stress-free of financial obligations that were held prior to receiving this award.