Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada

June 30, 2011 08:16 ET

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Governor General and Prime Minister

Recognize Volunteers for Save the Children

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 30, 2011) - His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada and The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister are hosting a reception today at Rideau Hall to honour Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and to celebrate the service of Canadian youth towards a caring and nation. Jill McPherson and Amanda Sharples, volunteers with Save the Children have been invited to participate in recognition of their dedication to children.

"We are thrilled that Jill and Amanda will be recognized for their incredible commitment and work for the most vulnerable children around the world," said Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children. "We would like to thank His Excellency The Governor General, Prime Minister Harper and particular Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for acknowledging the tremendous difference youth can make when given the opportunity."

Jill McPherson has volunteered with Save the Children since 2007 when she helped found the Cape Breton University Save the Children Club. Later she was also nominated as the youth representative on the Board of Directors of Save the Children Canada. In September 2010, McPherson travelled to Kenya, Africa, as an intern with Save the Children (SCC), where she was responsible for conducting an evaluation of a two-year program entitled Youth Friendly Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health Services. Her efforts helped to determine best practices and lessons learned by conducting qualitative interviews with the children, youth and their families who used the service as well as the program stakeholders including government officials, local non-governmental organizations (NGO), and volunteer groups. The information will be used to improve the design and implementation of future SCC programs. Jill also worked as a production coordinator on a documentary film entitled Living Positively about a community health educator working with Save the Children who is currently living with HIV.

Amanda Sharples joined Save the Children at York University during her first year of undergraduate study. She was interested in working with Save the Children because of its founding missing to promote and protect the rights of children. As first the VP Social and later as President of the York Club, Amanda has led the club's fundraising efforts for emergencies like the Japan earthquake. She was also integral to the organization of Save the Children at York's first annual conference (co-hosted by Oxfam at York); the conference discussed Canadian social issues such as First Nations' rights, poverty and the successes and challenges of doing effective development work both in Canada and abroad. Beyond her work with Save the Children, Amanda volunteered with a local distress line and with a children's literacy program, and during the summer of 2008 she volunteered at an Indian orphanage. Amanda is also a volunteer tutor with Students Offering Support. Money raised from tutoring sessions will be used to build high school classrooms in Honduras and Amanda will be travelling there this summer to work with a local NGO on this sustainable, grassroots project.

"Save the Children has always believed that children and youth when supported and given the tools can change the world. They can improve their lives and the lives of others half way around the world if they are given the chance," noted Erb.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to arrange an interview
    please contact: Save the Children Canada
    Cicely McWilliam
    Direct: 416-218-1888 or Cell: 647-291-1683
    cmcwilliam@savethechildren.ca