2009 Summer Internships

Intern Bios

Janet Chow.jpgJanet Chow – Asia Foundation | Dhaka, Bangladesh

Janet Chow is currently in her first year of a joint LL.B./M.A. program at the University of Ottawa and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.  During her studies, Janet hopes to further cultivate her interests in international law, conflict resolution, and human development and security. Though Janet calls Toronto (and now Ottawa!) home, Janet feels fortunate to have lived and worked abroad. Most recently, she spent several months working with Liberian refugees at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. Janet holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto where she pursued concurrent specialist programs in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Brittany Twiss.jpgBrittany Twiss – ECPAT | Bangkok, Thailand

Brittany Twiss is currently completing her first year of law school at the University of Ottawa. Prior to undertaking the study of law in the nation’s capital, Brittany completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Socio-Legal Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. A long time advocate of social justice, during her time at Queen’s Brittany served three years as a youth mentor for the Kingston Youth Diversion Centre. Upon graduation she gained invaluable experience in the summer of 2008 as an intern with the Centre for Women and Children’s Development in Arusha, Tanzania. Since beginning law school in September 2008, Brittany has served independently as an Ontario Public Legal Education Initiative executive, conducted research through a Probono placement with Democracy Watch in the area of good governance, and participated in the University of Ottawa’s First Year Legal Aid Program in the Women’s Division. Brittany aspires to build a career in social justice and human rights law and is particularly interested in the global furtherance and protection of children’s rights.

Tharani Balachandran.jpgTharani Balachandran – WiLDAF | Ho, Ghana

Tharani Balachandran is a first year law student at the University of Victoria. Before settling in this quiet city, she completed a degree in Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia and spent a few years travelling and volunteering in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and India.  She is passionate about experiencing different cultures and promoting social justice, and is excited to further these interests with WiLDAF’s projects in Ghana.

Myriam Raymond-Jetté.jpgMyriam Raymond-Jetté – WiLDAF | Takoradi, Ghana

Myriam Raymond-Jetté is a second year law student at Université de Montréal specializing in International Law. From an early age, she has been involved at different levels in humanitarian organisations. She was part of Young Reporters without Borders reporting on shantytowns’ micro businesses of Dominican Republic. Later, at age 18, she taught in a primary school and established a school experimental vegetable garden in Ghana, West Africa. Since then, she has continually worked at promoting human rights. She is currently an active member of Université de Montréal‘s Delegation to Rights and Democracy and AFRICASUM. Her CLA-ACE internship with WiLDAF will be her second stay in this country of Sub-Saharan Africa. She is really looking forward to working with WiLDAF!

Chris Samuel.jpgChris Samuel – CEPIL | Accra, Ghana

Chris Samuel is a second year law student at the University of New Brunswick.  He obtained his first degree, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, at the University of Alberta.  Last summer, he worked at the Federal Department of Justice in his hometown of Edmonton. After graduation, he will be clerking at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. He is currently the Chairperson and Chief Appeals Officer of the UNB Students’ Union, and is a co-coordinator of the UNB Student Legal Information Centre.  He is also organizing and competing in UNB’s Knocking Out Landmines, a for-charity boxing event which raises funds for the Canadian Landmine Foundation.  His interests include improvisational acting and creative writing.

Check out the blog Chris kept describing his adventures in Ghana!

globe.jpgAnnette Stoehr – CEPIL | Accra, Ghana

Annette Stoehr is a second year law student at Queen’s Faculty of Law with an interest in international humanitarian law, migration issues, and international criminal law. She completed an undergraduate degree in Peace & Conflict studies at the University of Toronto and has worked for the Mennonite Central Committee and the University of Michigan. She has recently been researching Canadian mineral laws and policy and will be in West Africa for the first time this summer assisting the Centre for Public Interest Law in their efforts on behalf of Ghanaian communities that have been disrupted and displaced through mining activities. After she completes her law degree, she is considering returning to work in the NGO sector with a new focus on legal issues.

Carmen Gustason.jpgCarmen Gustafson – YRITWC | Whitehorse, Yukon

Carmen Gustafson is a first year law student at the University of Calgary. She has a degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and she spent a term studying in Finland. Her passion is getting to know the world we live in and does this through outdoor activities, travel and being an active community member.  She has been an environmental advocate, a municipal politician, volunteer and has held almost every job imaginable in a small B.C. mountain town. Carmen will be spending the summer in the Whitehorse office of the Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council and is looking forward to her first northern (Canadian) experience.

Check out the blog Carmen kept while in the Yukon for the summer!

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Maya Stano – YRITWC | Whitehorse, Yukon

Maya Stano, originally from Calgary, Alberta, has been living in Vancouver over the past five years. She graduated with a degree in geological engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2002, which was followed by a year teaching snowboarding in Fernie, before making the move to the coast to start working as an environmental engineer. Throughout her engineering career, Maya worked on and managed various contaminated sites throughout BC, was exposed to the oil and gas industry in Northern Alberta, and worked on mining projects throughout BC and abroad (including a recent project undertaken in Zambia, in central Africa). Maya’s engineering experiences triggered an interest in law, particularly those laws and policies enacted to regulate natural resource development. In 2008, Maya returned to school to study law up at the scenic University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. Maya loves being outdoors, in the snow, the sun, or any anything in between, and is excited to be returning to the north this summer; she passed through Whitehorse on her way to investigate an abandoned mine Atlin in 2008, and is thrilled to be returning to the area in 2009!


Rachel Godley.jpgRachel Godley – CHRALER | Kumasi, Ghana

Rachel Godley is currently in First year law school at Dalhousie. She began her international adventures in Spain at age 16 on a high school exchange, and returned there for a year to teach English in Barcelona before beginning her undergraduate degree in Ottawa. At Carleton University Rachel earned a Bachelor degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in International Marketing, and spent a year on exchange in Valparaiso, Chile. In 2004 she moved to Hanoi, Vietnam to intern at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In 2005/2006, she volunteered at Mother Teresa’s Kalighat in Calcutta, and VSSU, a microfinance organization in West Bengal. Most recently she worked as a Business Analyst with Accenture Consulting for a year and a half before beginning law school, where she plans to focus her legal studies on Human Rights and Environmental issues.


globe.jpgChristine Houde – CHRALER | Kumasi, Ghana

Christine is currently a second year Common Law student at the University of Ottawa and Women’s Division caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Aid Clinic. She is interested in pursuing a career in the area of human rights law, in particular women’s and poverty rights in the international context. Christine has community volunteer experience with organizations such as the Family Law Information Centre, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, and Canadian Red Cross. Prior to studying law, she earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has varied work and life experience in the areas of social science research, sexual assault support and poverty outreach, youth and adult education. Christine has enjoyed traveling and working across Canada and South East Asia and is interested in international development issues.


globe.jpgGagan Sangha – CLA-ACE | Ottawa, Canada


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