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Shayla Baumeler ('17)
First-year international relations and chemistry student Shayla Baumeler plans to pursue a career in global health.

Travelling across the country from Victoria, BC, Baumeler has settled into her new home on campus. “There are differences from one coast to another, but the people and place are so great here at Mount Allison, the differences really aren’t important.”

Part of this transition has included getting involved with some of Mount Allison’s many clubs and societies on campus.

“I’ve been involved with Free the Children (FTC) for a long time and was glad to continue my involvement with the Mount Allison chapter,” she says. “I was able to attend the FTC We Day conference in Halifax this fall as an honoured guest. It was great to celebrate what’s been done but also look forward to what needs to be done in the future.”

This level of community involvement is nothing new to Baumeler. In high school she helped organize a conference, Global Responsibility Young Leaders, based on the United Nations Millennium Goals. The event welcomed 150 people and included guest speakers from England, Ghana, Liberia, and BC.

Baumeler is also a volunteer with Help Them Help Themselves, an NGO that involves volunteers whose past projects have primarily been school rebuilds and latest projects include building medical clinics in local Nicaraguan communities. She participated in services trip to India and Argentina in high school.

At Mount Allison she has continued this commitment, volunteering with World Vision, Relay for Life, Leadership Mount Allison, and the Students Union academic affairs committee. She is also the recipient of a Bell Achievement Award, one of the top entrance awards at Mount Allison.