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August 29, 2017 


This past August, Ionela Bacain, an Accounting Professor and Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Commerce Accounting program, travelled to Blantyre, Malawi as a Leave for Change volunteer.

From July 23rd to August 11th, Ionela worked with the Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) in Blantyre as a Financial Management Advisor. According to their website, GENET Malawi is a "local young women’s rights organization and a grassroots movement of girls and young women that works to support and improve the well being of vulnerable and marginalized girls in Malawi."

While working in their Finance and Accounting Department, Ionela made suggestions and recommendations in regards to their financial policies, filing, reporting and their using QuickBooks software for accounting transactions. In addition to her financial assistance, Ionela helped to contribute to the larger issue of empowering women in this section of the globe.

"During my assignment, I was fortunate to interact with a great, hard-working team that was receptive to the recommendations and suggestions I made to the finance department," said Ionela of her experience with GENET. "I had a great opportunity to improve my collaboration and team working skills and experience a friendly working environment."

Leave for Change is a program that is a part of Uniterra and is managed by two non-profit organizations: World University Service Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Humber College is partnered with Leave for Change and sponsors full-time Humber employees to participate and volunteer their expertise around the globe.

We would like to welcome back Ionela from her mandate and thank her for volunteering her time and expertise to this amazing cause.

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