BSc Health, 2012
As an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Lindsay enrolled in a co-op placement. Along with three of her classmates they received a $1000 grant from the Ashoka Youth Venture Challenge to start ‘Better Alternatives for Girls’ Survival’ (BAGS), a social enterprise dedicated to providing economic opportunity to female survivors of human trafficking in Kolkata, India. SFU book bags and pencil cases designed by Lindsay and her collaborators at SFU - Martyna Purchla and Christine Lukac and sewn by the women of Destiny Reflection in Kolkata, are presently for sale at the SFU Bookstore. All bags are hand made in a positive, fair trade workplace. “The majority of profits incurred from North American sales are reinvested into Destiny Reflection to provide them with the funds they need to train and hire more women and manufacture more products” says Lindsay.
Since graduation Lindsay has continued a path of exploration and education. She currently works at Science World and has developed a particular affinity with Super Science Club, an after school outreach program that she is involved in teaching to inner city elementary school students in Vancouver. She also works at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) as a Research Assistant.
A new chapter is about to begin for Lindsay as she heads overseas again at the end of February 2014. This time, she will be serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Armenia and Georgia (the country, not the state) for 18 months.
The Faculty of Health Sciences appreciates Lindsay for her community engagement and openness to embracing the world.