Ticonderoga Amy Russell from Ticonderoga recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Global Brigades.
She was given the award at UC Berkley, where she attended the annual Global Brigades conference.
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led sustainable development program. Russell, who is a nurse in Rutland, VT, as well as an educator has been with the orginization for three years.
“It all started when I was teaching at North Country Community College and one of my nursing students, Jeff Subra, asked if I would like to become involved in medical missions, as he has in the past. I of course jumped at the chance and have been hooked ever since,” Russell said.
This past year, with the help of co-workers Donna Jackson and Janet Salotti Page, Russell started their own Global Brigade chapter, NY/VT Nurses Unite. In March, Russell traveled to Honduras along with 20 other volunteers and treated 1,076 people in four days.
The goal of the medical brigades is to improve access to healthcare for rural people, by offering comprehensive consultation services through mobile clinics.
Russell also hopes that through her efforts, she can recruit more students who are passionate about global health. They have started fundraising for another trip to Honduras next year. Their chapter has a website for people wishing to make contributions: www.empowered.org/NY-VT-Nurses-Unite-Medical-Brigade-Honduras-2014
The cost per person for the trip is $1,600, not counting supplies.
They will also be hosting a night of glo-ball golf on Sept. 27, with a barbeque, music and night-time golf at the Five Nations Driving Range in Ticonderoga. There will also be a gold tournament fund-raiser Sept. 28 at the Ticonderoga Country Club at 1 p.m.