Jaime VandenBerg is currently a fourth year student at the University of Lethbridge, concentrating in legal reasoning with plans of becoming a lawyer. She is passionate about helping others in crisis situations and has taken on a position as a Victim Advocate in the Victim Services Unit at the police station. She believes that overcoming crisis situations can often be the defining moment in a person’s life and that even the smallest kind gestures can save a life.
Jaime is an outdoor enthusiast who loves the ocean just as much as she enjoys volunteering. Last year, after surfing at San Onofre Jaime joined a silent protest led by an indigenous activist group to prevent the dumping of toxic waste in the ocean from the San Clemente Nuclear Centre. Additionally, Jaime received her open water diving certification after spending time in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines this past summer. During her time in Asia, Jaime worked with We charity in a tribal village in northern India to dig the foundations for a new building to be added for a school. Her favorite experience in India was joining a women’s circle with local girls to learn about their culture and encourage young girls to attend the school.
Jaime believes education is crucial in encouraging people to make environmentally friendly changes in their life as a clear understanding fosters an individual’s ability to explain to others why change is necessary as well as what others can do to shrink their environmental footprint. Jaime advocates that even small changes in ones lifestyle can make a large impact in the long run.