2010-2011 - 2012, 2013
Retired social worker Micheline Vermette first went to Peru in 2010 on a six-month Cuso International placement; she ended up staying for another year. She was so moved by the work of the local volunteers that she returned for a second volunteer placement to continue helping women and children escape domestic violence.
“We are all just specks of sand, but if each one of us does something, anything, then maybe we can make a difference,” says Vermette.
It was Cuso International’s motto of “changing the world one volunteer at a time” that first inspired Mme Vermette to join the organization.
Since returning from Peru, Mme Vermette has continued to make a difference by working to eradicate hunger in her community, and by sitting on or leading a number of Boards focused on women and security, including Action Prevention Verdun.
“I told myself when I got back from Peru that if I can get involved abroad, then I can certainly get involved at the local level.”