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Alumnus helps destitute seniors in Dominica


Alumnus Sara Porisky will be leaving for Dominica on August 29, 2008 to work with destitute seniors for six months as part of the Help the Aged International Youth Internship Program.
"I was attracted to the internship because of my interest in health care issues and health promotion," Porisky says.
The internship program provides practical work experience in a developing country, teaching valuable employability skills and knowledge that also benefit the local communities.
While in Dominica, Porisky will be working with Help the Aged Canada's local partner, Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound (R.E.A.C.H.). She will be helping to coordinate and distribute funding and supplies, assisting with the organization of their yearly fundraiser, and working at their daycare program. She will also monitor Help the Aged’s Adopt-a-Gran sponsorship program by visiting Grans, interviewing them and taking their photo, as well as writing a news letter to send to Canadian sponsors.
Porisky recently graduated from Queen’s with a major in Life Sciences and Psychology. Originally from Calgary, she is no stranger to overseas work. Last summer she traveled to Peru and Lima where she worked with the elderly at the Mother Teresa Centre for the Dying and the Destitute.
“I had a positive experience working with the elderly in Peru, and was touched by those experiences, so this will give me the opportunity to continue to work with the elderly," she says.
Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, Help the Aged (Canada) is the only charity in Canada dedicated exclusively to assisting elderly people living in poverty in Canada and the developing world. Its development programs are sponsored by CIDA and focus on the areas of primary health care, agricultural development, and emergency assistance.To arrange an interview with Sara Porisky contact Alissa Clark at (613) 533-6000 ext. 77513, alissa.clark@queensu.ca, or Molly Kehoe at (613) 533-2877, molly.kehoe@queensu.ca

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