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An Arctic Experience to Remember and a Rio+20 to Look Forward to

By: Bridget Graham
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bridget with other participants on the Students on Ice 2011 Arctic Youth Expedition.

When I think back to the Arctic, my heart melts. No pun intended. I am still very grateful for the amazing opportunity I was given, and the trip that changed my life.

In June 2011, I was awarded the Leacross R. Bern Foundation Scholarship, a grant which awarded me a fully paid trip to the Arctic. My adventure began in late June and I spent the next 18 days travelling across Iceland, Greenland, Nunavik and Labrador. I met an incredible group of people and I realized my childhood dream of finally seeing a polar bear. I met an incredible group of people, which are more like family than friends. I was able to take everything in, and I learned in a whole new way. Everyday I think back to my experience, and I am continuously reminded of how truly blessed I am.

My first year of university is coming to its end, and this summer I have a new experience to be excited about. I have also been chosen to be a part of the Students on Ice Alumni delegation. This means that I will be attending the Rio +20 Earth Summit this coming June. But the experience is much more than that. I have and will continue to meet and make new friends. I will travel to a new and exciting place, and I will continue to expand my knowledge of the Polar Regions. There are not enough words to describe how happy I am to be a part of this experience, and I will continue to strive to make our delegation a success.

Bridget Graham
Bridget Graham 
Alum, Students on Ice 2011 Arctic Youth Expedition
Bridget is a first year sustainability student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is 18 years old and originally from Beachburg, Ontario. She is fluent in French and English and is currently attempting to learn German. She participated in the 2011 SOI Arctic Expedition, which traveled to Iceland, Greenland, Nunavik and Labrador. Bridget is a environmental youth group facilitator during the summer and is a provincial coach in Nova Scotia for Wheelchair-Basketball. She also coaches at a beginner level for sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball. In her first semester she pledged and joined the Alpha Eta chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity. She was named the most outstanding pledge and is currently the philanthropy chair for the chapter. She is very involved within her community and enjoys being a director of the Beachburg Fair Board, a 4H leader, a member of Junior Farmers and a past Queen of the Furrow. Bridget cannot wait for the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation and looks forward to meeting a new group of people with similar interests.


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