Alumna recognized for Red Cross volunteerism
A Queen's alumna who has spent a lifetime helping others has been recognized for her volunteerism by the Canadian Red Cross.
Brianne Lewis will receive the 2009 Young Humanitarian award for Prince Edward Island.
“Brianne Lewis has made volunteerism a part of just about every aspect of her young life," says John L. Byrne, Atlantic director general of the Canadian Red Cross. "The compassion and commitment she has shown to improving the health of orphaned infants in China is a compelling story that deserves our admiration and support."
The Marshfield, PEI native graduated from Queen's in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Britain. While at Queen's, she volunteered as a literacy tutor for children, hospital volunteer and fundraiser. She learned Mandarin and worked the last three summers caring for orphaned infants in China while also conducting research on public health and developmental issues in orphanages, and completing a research internship at Beijing Normal University on HIV/AIDS and access to anti-retroviral therapy.
The organization also announced that retired PEI broadcaster, volunteer and philanthropist Paul H. Schurman will receive the 2009 Humanitarian Award for Prince Edward Island. Both recipients will receive their awards Nov. 3 at the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Awards dinner, with proceeds supporting Red Cross disaster services and other programs throughout PEI.