This blog is a very tiny window into my blogging life. A narrow, frosted window; the kind you usually see at the dentist's office to shield from view the impending torture slowly deviating toward your mouth.

Unfortunately, most of my blogging content is too personal to put up publicly, and I feel bad because 99.9% of the people I mention it to won't ever have access to it. So I made a public blog. It has resulted in the debacle that is this account - a superficial outpouring in humorously obscure, skewed ways.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Today, I had the strangest feeling in my stomach. I have been talking on and off about wanting to go back to the Philippines for relief work. But "voluntourism" struck a nasty stigma and chord inside me.

But then I got an email from Brock Paterson, and suddenly everything felt... right.

Hey Nurses,

My name is Brock Paterson. I'm a fifth-year university student and a first-year nursing student in the After-degree program here at the U of A. As a classmate, I'd like to share with you an experience I had this past summer.

Streetlight is the name of a childrens' shelter based in Tacloban, Philippines, which, according to a report by the United Nations, is one of the poorest regions in southeast Asia. I was invited in early 2008 to join six other U of A students in fundraising efforts and a trip down to the shelter for the summer. To be perfectly honest, the trip changed my life.

What was I looking for when I decided to make such a huge decision? I wanted some global travel experience, but I didn't want it to be meaningless. "Voluntourism" struck me as a kind of empty word. Streetlight instead struck the right nerve.

Why so? I'd like to invite you the Streetlight Canada Open Forum to hear the full story. Taking place on October 16th at 6pm in Business1-06, we want to let more students on campus hear about this opportunity to get involved.

And not all of your options will require malaria pills, I promise.

Hope to see you there!

1 comment:

Karine said...

So exciting Jackie! Keep me posted.