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Jaycee Trust recipient announced

Tuesday October 9 2018

Second-year Massey University veterinary student Anne-Sophie Page is the sole recipient of funding from this year’s Jaycee Trust Travelling Fellowship Scheme.

Photo shows Anne-Sophie with three Jaycee trustees.

Jaycee trustees Latham Lockwood and Aleisha Rutherford, grant recipient Anne-Sophie Page, trustee Fiona Bradley.

The fellowship scheme assists with travel costs for those undertaking special projects or study overseas that can be shared with the community when they return.
Originally from Dunedin, Ms Page will be putting her grant towards joining 13 other New Zealand students on the United Nations Youth North America Leadership Tour in January 2019.

“I’m passionate about the United Nations, sustainable development goals, climate change and environmental issues in New Zealand,” the 21-year-old says.

Delegation members will visit San Francisco, Mexico City, Washington DC, New York City, Boston and Montreal, and take part in the prestigious Harvard National Model United Nations Conference, involving students from all over the world.

The unique educational and cultural tour will take in a wide range of industries while exploring issues such as trade, human rights, global commerce, politics, and international relations.

“International relations is my extra-curricular activity.”

The group will also attend a World Bank think-tank to learn more about how the global economy works.

With her concerns encompassing environmental and animal wellbeing and health, Ms Page doesn’t see herself being a conventional vet when she graduates.

“I’m interested in how society interacts with the environment, and in making the dairy industry more sustainable. Vets can play a big part in influencing the decisions dairy farmers make, and help them to be more environmentally sound.”

Councillor Aleisha Rutherford, who chairs the City Council-administered Jaycee Trust, says the number of applicants was down on previous years.

Applicants must be under 40 to apply for up to $5,000 each from a maximum fund of $10,000.

The next funding round opens mid 2019 with details posted on the Council website.