Nathalie Desjardins’s time in Burkina Faso with Cuso International at the turn of the millennium was a life-changing experience on many levels. Not only did she successfully train and equip a network of women to educate their peers about their rights, she also met the man she would later settle down with.
Upon her return to Canada after her two-year assignment, Nathalie continued to cultivate her passion for development. For nearly four years, she worked for a leadership development program aimed at young Katimavik participants. She then joined Academos, a mentoring application designed to provide career guidance to students.
“It’s important to me to do what I can to harness the potential of every individual, as well as society as a whole.”
These days, Nathalie is working in the economic development field, but her commitment to Burkina Faso is as steadfast as ever. She and her partner recently spearheaded a number of projects to make life better for the people in his home community. Their efforts have included the construction of a grain mill and the creation of a library for the local school. They are also helping to install a solar power system to run a freezer that women in the village will use to sell cold drinks.
The couple live with their two children in Saint-Jérôme.