Co-founder, Director of Administration and Communications, Team Leader
Michelle has participated in 22 international builds since 2006 in countries such as Thailand, Uganda, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Chile and Indonesia. These experiences are what helped spark the idea of GiveGetGo as her way of sharing such opportunities with others.
Throughout the past seven years, she has participated in builds as a trip leader, working with local NGO’s, planning/executing in-country travel excursions, and is a TICO certified Travel Counsellor.
“Why I do what I do? I believe that in as little as two weeks, we can help make a change in someone else’s life. These two week volunteer builds, create unforgettable memories, friends that will last a lifetime and a new perspective on a place never visited.”
International volunteer work is what fuelled Laurie Myles’s extensive travel throughout South and Central America, South East Asia, the Caribbean and India. Specifically, she has participated in builds in Chile, Malaysia and throughout North America.
“Building is the most rewarding volunteer work. I love immersing myself in a project and seeing something so tangible at the end of every day,” she says. “Work followed by travelling throughout the destinations gives the best of both worlds. Giving this to others through GiveGetGo is the best thing I could see myself ever doing.”
She is also active in her local community, where she has done volunteer work in Toronto for the Philip Aziz Centre, a hospice-at-home program.
Co-founder, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Team Leader
Kim brings to GiveGetGo a strong leadership commitment, endless amounts of energy and a passion for helping others. She graduated from Acadia University and is now is a recruiter with Jump Career Solutions in Newfoundland. Her travels have taken her to both North and South
America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She has built homes in Chile and Borneo and has led four builds to Tanzania and Guatemala with GiveGetGo. Kim’s volunteer work includes local home builds in Newfoundland, an Executive Director of a family charity and numerous years of volunteering behind her…did she mention Girl Guide Leader for 7 years? Kim is a certified TICO registered Travel Counsellor. She has a zest for life and enjoys meeting new people and any outdoor activity. Kim will be the ultimate team leader and will make sure that each volunteer will get the ultimate experience. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with her two adult children, two dogs and a cat.
Marketing and Creative Designer, Team Leader
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Communication Design from Ryerson University, Dayna set out with the goal to use her creativity and knowledge of brand marketing for a socially conscious cause. The opportunity to develop GiveGetGo’s marketing and branding has become her source of focus and passion. Dayna is an avid traveller, exploring Asia, Africa, and Guatemala over the past year, and has developed a love for travel photography.
Team Leader, M.Ed., B.A.Ed., B.A. SpEd, Integrative Life Coach
Bonnie Lundrigan is a counselor in private practice at The Wellness Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Bonnie is the co-chair of The Board of Directors for The Coalition Against Violence in St.John’s. For over 25 years she has been working and counseling with children, families, individuals and couples. Bonnie’s volunteer work has involved leading teams in developing countries including Kenya, Belize and Guatemala. She has managed many relief projects including building over 50 village houses, a school and a library.
Videographer, Business Development, Team Leader
Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in finance and administration, Michael has assisted the development of GiveGetGo from the beginning stages. He has travelled to both Guatemala and Tanzania with GiveGetGo as a leader and videographer. His beautiful pictures and video can be seen in GiveGetGo’s social media.
Principal of Melody School, Guatemala
Seven years ago Igor initiated Project Chaqlaxel (meaning “little sibling.”) This project is to provide quality schooling to underprivileged children in the Chimaltenango area.
Igor was born and raised in Guatemala and in 1986 he moved to Canada. He later graduated from The University of Toronto with a mechanical engineering degree. Igor returned to Guatemala in 2005 to help his parents run My Melody. It is Igor’s dream to provide six new classrooms to expand Project Chaqlaxel.