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DAY #4 IPY Conference – Making an Impact

By: Bridget Graham
April 26th 2012

Bridget on the land during the Students on Ice 2011 Arctic Youth Expedition.

On my second last day of the conference I spent most of my time at the Students on Ice (http://studentsonice.com/) booth in the exhibition hall of the International Polar Year conference. I spent hours speaking to new and very interested individuals who were in some cases familiar with Students on Ice and to some the organization was completely new.

After running through my elevator pitch, the same speech I’ve recited close to a thousand times this week I began to realize just how big of an impact Students on Ice has had on my life. It sparked my interest for all things northern, which previously was centered on polar bears, or sea bears as I used to call them as a child. I traveled with a group of people, who I now consider to be like family to me, and I continue to meet alumni and partners of the program everywhere I go. I gained so much confidence in myself and in youth as a whole and I truly believe that we will make positive change throughout the whole world and especially in the Polar Regions.

Through Students on Ice, I have become involved with the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation headed to Rio, as well as Carbon Neutral Antarctica and a youth forum initiative for the Arctic Council. Students on Ice changed my life and I will always be extremely grateful to Geoff Green (http://geoffgreen.ca/) and the whole team (http://www.studentsonice.com/index.php?content=team). I will continue to tell my story and hopefully the lives of many will be affected as a result.

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.


1 Comment

  1. Meghan says:

    Bridget is an inspirational young lady! Keep up the great work, you have touched many lives in more ways than you caould know girly!

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