Meet the other 2010 Professional Junior Fellows (Pro JFs)

14 Aug

In the  months leading up to my placement, I chipped away at the EWB pre-departure reading and checked in with the other Pro Junior Fellows on Skype calls. Last week we all met at the house that EWB rents in Toronto for our final pre-departure training. We were lucky as Pro JFs, as there were only 6 of us plus a few other long and short term volunteers passing through. Apparently during the pre-departure training for the Student JFs and for President’s Meetings these squeeze as many as 30 people into the house!!!

Here are the other five and a little bit of info about them:

Pro JFs 2010

From left to right:

Pam Rogalski – Vancouver – turning 30 years old during our placement – Ghana – working with out GARI Team (Government and Rural Infrastructure – a Government department) – Helping to develop a spreadsheet tool to collect data from the various districts in order to make better resource allocation decisions.  Pam is on leave from her job at BC Hydro.  Here is her blog: http://anengineeringhana.blogspot.com/

Don McMurtry – Guelph – 40 something 🙂 – Malawi – Water and Sanitation Team – working to analyze supply chains in order to ensure better water supply in Malawi. Currently a large percentage of the existing water points in Malawi have failed and our team is working to address the root causes of these failures.  Don is a former Senior VP at RIM.

Jason Blechta – Ottawa – turning 27 years old during our placement – Ghana – working with our MoFA Team – working with one of the Agriculture Colleges just outside Tamale to help develop the Agriculture as a Business curriculum.  Jason works for a technology company and here is his blog: http://jblechtaewb.wordpress.com/

Dana Giacobbi – Montreal – turning 25 during our placement – Burkina Faso – working with their equivalent of MoFA to help assess the opportunity for and develop an Agriculture as a Business curriculum for their Agricultural colleges.  Dana has just finished his Masters in Mechanical Engineering.  Here is his blog: http://danaburkina.wordpress.com.

Mark Soares – Guelph – turning 29 years old during our placement – Ghana – working with our MoFA Team (Ministry of Food and Agriculture – a Government department) – Helping to ensure that the Agriculture as a Business program is sustainable in one of Ghana’s northern districts (same job posting as me – just in a different District).  Mark is a geographer and he plans to attend teacher’s college next year. Here is his blog: http://markinghanaewb.blogspot.com

What about me? – believe it or not, I’m turning 35 on October 24th – Ghana – MoFA Team (Ministry of Food and Agriculture – a Government department) – Helping to ensure that the Agriculture as a Business program is sustainable in one of Ghana’s northern districts. I will be stationed in the town of Kpandai (~7,000 people) in the Kpandai New District (~100,000 people), which is in the Northern Region to the south west of Tamale. Lots more detail to come…

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From left to right: Pam, Me, Don, Dana, Mark S, Me (again), and Jason.

The classroom we used at the U of T looked like a war zone when we were done with it.

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