Kristen Rodrigues

kristen rodrigues

Volunteer Cooperation Program Manager
Kristen holds a Masters of Development Practice specializing in sustainable development and has been working in field of international development since 2008. She has a strong commitment to improving livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations through volunteering, having worked as a volunteer for Uniterra, SWB and other local non-profits. In addition, she has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency, the Guyana Red Cross and the World University Service of Canada across Malawi, Ghana, Guyana and Canada. Most recently, Kristen returned from four years in Tanzania where she worked on improving food security of small-scale farmers as well as women’s economic empowerment. Besides her passion for sustainable development, Kristen enjoys travel, the great outdoors and assimilating into new cultures.

Christine began her career as a social worker working in prisons and with youth offenders in the community. She entered the international development field as a volunteer in the late 90s in Nepal and she has spent most of the past 15 years since working within the international volunteer cooperation sector with various Canadian and International NGOs. She has worked with VSO International, Canadian Crossroads International  and Cuso International focused on improving the quality of partnerships and programming in projects in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. She has a strong commitment to improving global food security and has worked with small-scale farmers and low-income communities around the world, and here at home, having worked with an organic vegetable growers social enterprise in Ottawa, and at The Table Community Food Centre in rural Eastern Ontario. She joined VWB in August 2015 to manage the “Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities” project.


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