The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation Team has had the pleasure of working with two energetic, dedicated interns this summer, Peter Dalglish and Anoosha Lalani. We want to thank them both for their invaluable work and important contributions to the Foundation.
Hailing from London, Ontario, Peter is currently studying political sciences and linguistics at McGill University, the academic home of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. A courteous, hard-working student with a vast wealth of volunteering experience, he helped move the Foundation forward this summer.
Here, Peter reflects on his internship:
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship experience at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. I had the pleasure of working with every team member and several Fellows – learning a great deal in the process. The variety of projects, both short and long term, always kept me fully engaged and motivated, knowing that I was assisting my colleagues with tangible contributions towards the organization’s mission. I learned about the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organization, and appreciated being given such a wide exposure to the many different branches of the organization, including operations and programming.
After meeting each of the 12 Fellows, I became convinced of the real-world applicability of the Foundation’s mission, which is to shape the next generation of public leadership. The 2015-17 cohort of Sauvé Fellows is a very diverse and special group of people, and even in my short time with them, I felt involved in their advocacy work. Engaging with such a talented and inspiring group of individuals taught me the importance of collaboration. Coming from such different backgrounds, cultures and countries, it was inspiring to see how strong a team they were at the end of their yearlong residential public leadership program.
A major strength of the Foundation is its community involvement and engagement. Its influence is by no means limited to Maison Sauvé, but is extended throughout the whole city of Montreal. I was thrilled to get to know this greater Sauvé community. Through workshops with experts, receptions with host families and academic mentors, and public forum events with community leaders, I became even more aware of the Foundation’s influence and positive impact. A pool of talent such as the Sauvé Fellows has much to offer us, and my time here observing and working with them demonstrated a real passion for social change.
I want to thank all my colleagues at the Foundation for making my time here such a positive experience. Since my very first day, the welcoming environment and wonderful team have truly left a positive impression on me. To Valérie, I wish you the very best for your future endeavors. To Ion, Ariane and Simone, I look forward to the future of the Foundation and to being a part of the greater Sauvé community. I feel very grateful to have been part of such a unique organization. Thank you!