North Vancouver residents Darlene Gage and Jean Domingue are being honoured by CUSO-VSO for their work in Uganda from 2007 to 2009.
According to a written statement, they spent two years working with CUSO-VSO on two unique projects in Fort Portal.
Gage has been working in the non-profit sector for 25 years on various projects involved with peace, the environment and social justice work. In Uganda, she helped the Ruwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice develop conflict resolution and mediation strategies. The organization is a network organization in Uganda that's responsible for helping smaller organizations in the region build and get stronger.
Domingue, a carpenter and builder, was able to find a project in Uganda helping people learn construction skills. He worked with the Toro Botanical Gardens, where he helped local builders develop a packaging and processing facility that the gardens use to distribute medicinal herbs throughout the region.
CUSO-VSO has been training and sending volunteers to share their knowledge and expertise in education, HIV/AIDS, disability, health, secure livelihoods, and participation and governance for 50 years in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Volunteers have made lasting impacts on the international communities they've worked in as well as at home in Canada.
In 2011, CUSO-VSO will commemorate 50 years as the world's largest volunteer-sending agency focused on international development. An event will be held at the University of British Columbia Dec. 4 and 5 in honour of volunteers past, present and future.