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Me to We – Management Team
Interesting fact: No need for an alarm clock, Erin
home with two beautiful wolves and a giant rooster, who howl and crow outside her
window in the morning when she
Erin Blanding joined Free The Children and Me to We as a youth in 2001 and as a staff member in 2004.
She has served as the Director of the Windsong Peace & Leadership Center and our Me to We Arizona-Mexico Programming since 2009.
Erin pursued an honours degree in international relations and anthropology at Mount Allison University where she graduated as class valedictorian before joining the Me to We team as a motivational speaker and facilitator.
As our most seasoned facilitator in the organization, Erin
has worked with or spoken to over 100,000 youth through overseas trips, international conferences, and domestic workshops.
Erin took the helm of Me to We's leadership programming expansion in Arizona after working as our Director of Leadership and Director of the Mobilizers program.
passion for environmental sustainability, inclusive programming, and youth empowerment, Erin
has worked to turn the Windsong Peace & Leadership Center
into a model of social and environmental change in partnership with community-based organizations and local schools.
She has a Masters Degree in Applied Community Development and Conservation, and is committed to facilitating community change while simultaneously pursuing a passion for environmental regeneration.
Erin Blanding ...
Free The Children - Contact Us
Erin Blanding Regional Network Coordinator for Atlantic Canadaerinblanding@freethechildren.com
Free The Children - Staff
Allisonian of Week: Valedictorian, ...
Allisonian of Week: Valedictorian, Erin Blanding '06
would like to make the world a better place and, through her
volunteer activities and those of others, she
is already making a difference.
Only in her
fourth year Erin
has already travelled to Kenya to help teachers in the area teach English to 300 children, and to help build a school.When she
was in high school, she
travelled to Toronto as one of two delegates from the Atlantic region to encourage other youth to take on a helping role in the world.And she
has formed a group on campus to so the same. Erin is a member of Free the Children - the largest network of children helping children, through education, anywhere in the world.
There are more than 1,000,000 youth involved in education and sustainable development projects with Free
the Children in 35 countries.And, while Erin
is just one of them, it doesn't take more than a few moments in her
presence to see that she
is absolutely passionate about the cause.
stipulates, "We try to take action and raise awareness and help children here learn how they can help children who don't know what it is like to be free.We want to empower them to bring about positive change, to have a voice, and to break free from some of the oppressive situations that exist, from child labour to living in poverty."The group has made tangible inroads already.They have built 400 schools in 35 countries.They have raised money for clean water and sanitation.And they have funded salaries for teachers.They have "adopted" villages through the Adopt-A-Village campaign and, says Erin
, "the most important thing is that we have helped people in these villages to be self sustaining." Erin will continue her work with Free the Children after graduation as well, leading overseas trips, using the Toronto office as a home base.
won't be alone.Fellow Allisonian Ashley Hilkewich, currently on exchange in Ecuador, will be accompanying Erin
...Erin Blanding was the class valedictorian and was also awarded the Gil Latter Award, awarded to the graduating student in recognition of volunteer work in the Sackville Community.
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