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Jacqueline Villeneuve – Young Woman of Distinction

Together we are changing the lives of children

From the time she was 12 years old and chosen to attend the Ontario Leadership Camp it was clear that Jacqueline would make her mark on the world. By age 15 she was already fundraising for a trip to Kenya with the Free the Children Foundation. The following year she accompanied her mother back to Kenya to work at an orphanage and that is when she came to the realization that she had to open an orphanage of her own. She began fundraising and by age 17 was able to purchase the land in Kenya to make her dream come true.

In March 2012 the ground breaking ceremony was held to begin building the Zawadi La Tumaini (Gift of Hope) Children’s Home. She will develop programs for sustainable living, health education, and literacy. She is currently planning a sanitary pads program so the girls will no longer be forced to take a week off school due to the lack of this basic necessity. Jacqueline is an award winning public speaker, organizer of “Cops for Kids”, Jane Goodall’s Roots ‘n Shoots workshop presenter, organizer of “Change for Change” and winner of the “Me to We” award. Truly an inspirational young woman who is changing our world!

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