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current interns

Katie Butler Headshot

Katie Butler
Health Science

Remote 
University of Rwanda

Blog

Eva Chang headshot

Eva Chang
Health Science

Remote 
University of Rwanda

Blog

QingXiao Cui headshot

QingXiao Cui
Arts & Humanities

Remote 
MikonoYetu

Blog

Yasmina Gaber headshot

Yasmina Gaber
Management of Applied Science

Remote 
AKUH

Blog

Robert Guo headshot

Robert Guo
Health Science

Remote 
University of Rwanda

Blog

Jennifer Guo headshot

Jennifer Guo
Health Science

Remote 
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU)

Blog

Rebecca Jackson headshot

Rebecca Jackson
Arts & Humanities

Remote 
MikonoYetu

Blog

Noah McColl headshot

Noah McColl 
Richard Ivey Business School

Remote 
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU)

Blog

Olumide Olawale headshot

Olumide Olawale
Richard Ivey Business School

Remote 
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU)

Blog

Amina Osman headshot

Amina Osman
Management of Applied Sciences

Remote 
Education for Better Living

Blog

Dora Parkinson headshot

Dora Parkinson
Health Science

Remote 
MikonoYetu & SAUT

Blog

Nicole Philips headshot

Nicole Philips
Social Science

Remote 
Western International

Blog

Jade Rozal headshot

Jade Rozal
Arts & Humanities

Remote 
MikonoYetu

Blog

Gurleen Saini headshot

Gurleen Saini
Management of Applied Sciences

Remote 
MikonoYetu & SAUT

Blog

Betty Wang headshot

Betty Wang
Arts and Humanities & Richard Ivey Business School

Remote 
AKUH

Blog

Jasmine Wen headshot

Jasmine Wen
Science

Remote 
MikonoYetu & SAUT

Blog


Past Interns

2019 Interns

2019 Interns

Amber Silva Headshot

Amber Silva
Media in Journalism and Communication

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

Ameera Kanjee headshot

Ameera Kanjee
Health Science

Nairobi, Kenya
AKUH

Blog

Amina Kassam headshot

Amina Kassam
Health Science

Nairobi, Kenya
AKUH

Blog

Iman Ahmed headshot

Iman Ahmed
Health Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

Inaara Karsan headshot

Inaara Karsan
Medical Science

Nairobi, Kenya
AKUH

Blog

Nareesa Karmali headhot

Nareesa Karmali
Medical Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

Sara Tracogna headshot

Sara Tracogna
Media in Journalism and Communication

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

Wenjing Liu headshot

Wenjing Liu
Food and Nutrition

Juja, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Blog

Yaoshen Fang headshot

Yaoshen Fang
Food and Nutrition

Juja, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Blog

2018 Interns

2018 Interns

Anisah Hooda

Anisah Hooda
Health Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

Megha Shetty

Megha Shetty
Medical Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

Katherine Yu

Katherine Yu
Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
Mikono Yetu

Blog

 

Diane Lee

Diane Lee
Medical Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
SAUT

Blog

Kajannan Srikumar

Kajannan Srikumar
Health Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
SAUT

Blog

Liana Langley

Liana Langley
Richard Ivey Business School

Mwanza, Tanzania
Education For Better Living

Blog

Zola Ncube

Zola Ncube
Health Science

Mwanza, Tanzania
Education for Better Living

Blog

Emily Sandelli

Emily Sandelli
Food and Nutrition

Juja, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Blog

Wenna Deng

Wenna Deng
Medical Science

Juja, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Blog

Trevor Wright

Trevor Wright
Richard Ivey Business School

Nairobi, Kenya
AKUH

Blog

Keyona Gallucci

Keyona Gallucci
Social Science & Arts and Humanities

Kigali, Rwanda
University of Rwanda

Blog

Nordiah Newall

Nordiah Newell
Social Science & Arts and Humanities

Kigali, Rwanda
University of Rwanda

Blog

Michael Tesfay

Michael Tesfay
Health Science

Kigali, Rwanda
University of Rwanda

Blog

2017 Intern

2017 Interns

Photo of intern Toby Le

2016 Interns

2016 Interns

photo of intern Andrea Burke   photo of intern Erin D'Souza
         
photo of intern Rayyaan Kurji   photo of intern Nuria Rojas
         
photo of intern Samira Matan
  • Samira Matan
  • Health Science & Social Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • SAUT
  •  
  • Blog
  photo of intern Christine Wachira
         
  • Christine Wachira
  • Science & Social Science
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  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • AKUH
  •  
  • Blog
photo of intern Iris Wu
  • Iris Wu
  • Social Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • SAUT
  •  
  • Blog
  No photo
  • Alizah Merali
  • Health Science and Business Administration
  •  
  • Juja, Kenya
  • AKUH

2015 Interns

2015 Interns 

Kathleen Walsh   Rhiannon Yanush         
No photo Ross Cunningham
No photo Shabnam Medhizadah
No photo No photo
No photo No photo

January 2014 - November 2014 (Megan, John, Michelle & Christina)


Megan Kuikman John Lee
michelle.jpg   Christina Wilson

April 2013 - September 2013 (Anita, Emily, Fredua, Sara, Shannan & Stephanie)

Anita Lee   Emily Eyles
Fredua Agyeman   Sara Ataya
Shannan Crowder
  • Shannan Crowder
  • Education
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • African Probiotic Yoghurt Network
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  • Blog
  Stephanie Lee

September 2012 - May 2013 (Emily, Kate & Susan)


Emily Trudell
  • Emily Trudell
  • Social Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • African Probiotic Yoghurt Network
  Kate Grantham
  • Kate Grantham
  • Art & Humanities
  •  
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • African Probiotic Yoghurt Network
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  • Blog
Susan Judd
  • Susan Judd
  • Social Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • African Probiotic Yoghurt Network
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  • Blog
     
 

June 2012 - December 2012 (Linda & Megan)

Linda Marroquin
  • Linda Marroquin
  • Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • African Probiotic Yoghurt Network
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  • Blog
  • Poster Program
  Megan Enos
  • Megan Enos
  • Microbiology & Immunology
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • African Probiotic Yoghurt Network
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  • Blog
  • Poster Program

April 2012 - August 2012 (Olivia, Gillian, Blake, Allyson, Patrick, Natasha & Elissa)

Olivia Vihant   Gillian Haig
Blake Barkley   Photo to come
Patrick Shulist
  • Patrick Shulist
  • Richard Ivey Busniess School
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  • Kigali, Rawanda
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  • Poster Program
  Natasha Callender
Elissa Riel  
 

August 2011 - December 2011 (Karly, Victoria & Ben)

Karly Campbell   Victoria A.T. Le
ben.jpg  

January 2011 - August 2011 (Christopher, Shannon & Darryl)

Christopher Taylor   Shannon Smith
Darryl Lemon  
 

May 2010 - October 2010 (Marta, Emily, Kathryn, Dane, Amanda, Emily, Kinleigh, Jackel, Kathleen & Jesse)

Marta Kopun   Emily Rowe
Kathryn Morgan   Dane Labonte
  • Dane Labonte
  • Environmental Sustainability
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • SNV, Dutch development organization
Amanda Armstrong
  • Amanda Armstrong
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
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  • Blog
  Emily Royer
  • Emily Royer
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
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  • Blog
Kinleigh Wiedman
  • Kinleigh Wiedman
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
  Jackel Yip
  • Jackel Yip
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
Kathleen Prendiville
  • Kathleen Prendiville
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
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  • Blog
  Jesse Hume
  • Jesse Hume
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
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  • Blog

January 2010 - May 2010 (Oliva & Stephanie)

Oliva Vihant
  • Oliva Vihant
  • Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Home Hug Orphanage
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  • Blog
  Stephanie Varriano

September 2009 - December 2009 (Helen, Nimi & Silvia)

Helen Awai

Helen Awai

Science

Kigali, Rwanda

Nimi Senaratna

Nimi Senaratna

Science

Kigali, Rwanda

Silvia Marroquin-Ponce

Silvia Marroquin-Ponce

Arts and Humanities

Kigali, Rwanda

Read their blog

May 2009 - Dec 2009 (Rani, Jennifer, Amanda, Jon, Ashley & Melissa)

Rani Suleman
  • Rani L. Suleman
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
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  • Blog
  Jennifer Eldridge
  • Jennifer Eldrige
  • Richard Ivey Business School
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  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project

 

Amanda Armstrong
  • Amanda Armstrong
  • Richard Ivey Business School
  •  
  • Oyugis, Kenya
  • Kabondo Jiko La Jamii Community Development Project
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  • Blog

 

  Christina Wilson
  • Jon Giles
  • Social Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • SAUT
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  • Blog
Ashley Motran
  • Ashely Motran
  • Food and Nutrition
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • SAUT
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  • Blog
  Melissa Whaling
  • Melissa Whaling
  • Social Science
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  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • SAUT
  •  
  • Blog

June 2008 - December 2008 (Sabrina & Melissa)

Sabrina Mullan

Sabrina Mullan is a Health Geography student who will be assisting the Tukwamuane women's group in examining the food safety practices and improving the processes which will result in a higher quality probiotic yoghurt product.

Read Sabrina's blog

Melissa Raffoul

Melissa Raffoul will be completing her 4th year Biology thesis by examining the environmental, economic and health issues within the Mwanza community.

 

May 2008 - September 2008 (Jessica, Osama & Jamie)

Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly

May - Aug 2008

Jessica Kelly is an IVEY student who will be assisting the Tukwamuane women's group in developing a sustainable business plan.

Read blog

Osama Siddiqui

Osama Siddiqui

May - Aug 2008

Osama Siddiqui is an IVEY student who will be assisting the Tukwamuane women's group in developing a sustainable business plan.

 

Jamie Hemsworth

Jamie Hemsworth

Jun. - Aug. 2008 

Jaimie Hemsworth is a former intern who is returning to Mwanza to continue examining the benefits of probiotic yoghurt consumption for her MSc of Food and Nutritional Sciences.

 

January 2008 - December 2008 (Stephanie & Tara)

Photo to come
  • Stephanie Irvine
  • Jan. 2008 - Dec. 2008
  • Read blog
  Photo to come
  • Tara Koyama
  • Jan. 2008 - Dec. 2008

August 2007 - December 2007 (Meaghan, Ruben & Alison)

Meaghan, Ruben and Alison

Meaghan Horgan, Ruben Hummelen and Alison Chen (left to right)   

Read Meaghan's Blog | Read Alison's Blog

June 2007 - August 2007 (Jackie, Melissa, Corinne & Kim)

Jackie, Melissa, Corinne & Kim (left to right)

Jackie Strecker, Melissa Whaling, Corinne Coulter & Kim Hodgson (left to right)

WHE is currently undertaking its largest group of internships to date. Four strong women from various backgrounds at Western are taking part in this program for the summer 2007 placement.

General foci include: continuing to look into the health benefits of probiotics, engaging the community in up-scaling of the project and creating dynamic multimedia segments highlighting the hard work of the primary participants of the program.

See Jackie's Photos

October 2006 - January 2007 (Sam and Rob)

Sam Burton
  • Sam Burton
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Oct. 2006 - Jan 2007
  Rob Stewart
  • Rob Stewart
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Oct. 2006 - Jan 2007

In October 2006, Rob Stewart and Samantha Burton headed to Mwanza for an internship reaching until early 2007. Both third-year FIMS students, the two are currently working on communications within the program, while continuing analyzing sustainability and facilitating further project development.     Read Sam and Rob's Journal

May 2006 - (Jamie, Ellena & Grace)

Jamie Hemsworth

Jamie Hemsworth

Ellena Andoniou

Ellena Andoniou

Grace Flesher 

Grace Flesher

In May 2006, two more interns headed to Mwanza, Tanzania for the third installment of WHE internship program. Ellena Andoniou, a masters geography student, and Jaimie Hemsworth, a third-year health and nutrition student from Brescia University College both remained in Mwanza over the summer. They primarily worked on nutritional studies and, along with Grace Flesher (a King's University College student), a sustainability report.

WHE former intern honoured as a Brescia University College Alumnae Trailblazer Jaimie Hemsworth '09, who was the first Brescia student to win a Morgan Medal from the Dietitians of Canada. - Read the complete story in the Western News...

 

June 2005 - April 2006 (Dallas & Jonathan)

Dallas Curow
  • Dallas Curow
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • June - August 2005
  Jonathan Birinyi
  • Jonathan Birinyi
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • June - Nov. 2005
  • January - April 2006

In June, Brian Healy and Cynthia Medeiros returned from their stay in Mwanza, Tanzania. Two new student interns, Dallas Curow, a fourth- year FIMS student, and Jonathan Birinyi, a third-year medical science student, both from Western, arrived in Mwanza in June to take over the Western Heads East project.

Read Dallas & Jonathan's Journal

January 2005 - June 2005 (Cynthia & Brian)

Cynthia Medeiros
  • Cynthia Medeiros
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Jan.- June 2005
  Brian Healy
  • Brian Healy
  • Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Jan. - June 2005

Western Health Sciences student Cynthia Medeiros and Brian Healy (Science '03) were the pioneer interns introduced a probiotic-based yoghurt program, founded partly on the work of Brescia University College nutrition professor Sharateh Hekmat, with hopes of improving the health and economic status of the women of Mwanza, Tanzania.

Read Cynthia & Brian's Journal