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Day #2 IPY Conference – The meetings we never expect

By: Bridget Graham
April 24, 2012

SOI Alumni Delegation delegate Bridget Graham with Gustaf Lind, Arctic Council Chair (Sweden) and Kim A.D., SOI Alumnus (photo credit: Kim A.D., Olivia Rempel).

To the meetings we never expect.

Yesterday was just as hectic as Monday, but after taking some time to explore the International Polar Year 2012 Conference (http://www.ipy2012montreal.ca/) on my own I met two wonderful ladies who both had passion that just radiated. Their names were Wendy Trusler and Carol Devine. Both women had a truly deep love for the Antarctic and were trying to rally people together using food. They are currently publishing a cookbook named The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning, which is set to be released in the fall.  I had seen them earlier in the day on stage trying to entice people which their cinnamon buns, and it was clearly working because I heard many times that they were wonderful. Later on in the afternoon they came by our booth and after agreeing to share their blog if they checked out our delegation page they moved on quickly trying to take everything in. I felt like there was more to say and so I asked them if they had a minute to talk.

We ended up chatting for a while and we realized that we actually had a common link. Geoff Green, of course they knew Geoff. It turns out that he had been on a ship that they had traveled on over 15 years ago.  It was a truly great feeling to know that these two women had been following their dreams and truly living wonderful lives. They urged me to jump before I was ready, and to never give up on myself. I hope to stay in contact with them and it just goes to show that if you do take a leap of faith you will meet truly incredible people.

Please go and visit Wendy and Carol’s website at http://www.theantarcticbookofcookingandcleaning.com/


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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