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Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 12, 2018

During her 20 seasons dealing with forest fire emergencies, Kendra Saville (left) witnessed first hand the devastation, turmoil and upheaval caused by wildfires across Canada.

It seemed natural that her desire to make a difference led her to consider joining an organization such as  ShelterBox... as a means to "go and do something" to alleviate the turmoil in the world.  Kendra’s journey began with a good friend and an e-mail, “You might be interested in this”.

A few days later Kendra went online and signed up to become a ShelterBox
At a Rotary fundraiser, Kendra met Ron and Claire Noseworthy, both experienced ShelterBox response team members, who talked to her about their experiences in disaster relief around the world.
Ambassaor. Within a few hours a Volunteer Coordinator called her for an interview. She was convinced  that "this was where she wanted to be" and soon found herself working on her first fundraiser as a ShelterBox Ambassador with a goal of one day becoming a Response Team member.

The next step is a
 
Becoming a Response Team member begins with a formal application and an interview in front of a panel. The work can be dangerous and both physically and mentally exhausting.  In addition, an ideal candidate needs to demonstrate commitment and determination to whether the personal sacrifices ahead.
five day training camp which is held each year alternatively in Texas or southern Ontario. Graduates then attend an intensive training program in Cornwall, England.  Three hundred people applied for the last training window. Forty were selected to become ShelterBox Team Members.
 
In the title photo Rotarian Jeannie McMaster presents a cheque to ShelterBox Ambassador Kendra Saville.
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