Melissa was in the midst of her 21st birthday celebrations in Vancouver when she received the call she'd been hoping for from Oxford University - she had won a 2016 Rhodes Scholarship! And what better way to celebrate than with family and birthday cake?
A natural leader and advocate since her Mulgrave days, Melissa is now at NYU pursuing Global Liberal Studies and examining ethical tourism and the growing phenomenon of volunteer tourism for her undergrad thesis. Sparked from her research in Cambodia on orphanage tourism, Melissa has founded the 'Not a Saviour' campaign to raise awareness about the potentially detrimental impact of volunteer tourism. Melissa has also spent time in Paris, interning with the Canadian Embassy for the Political Affairs Branch, while furthering her knowledge of sex trafficking by working for a non-profit organisation called, Fondation Scelles. With a wealth of experience at the age of only 21, we couldn't help but want to pick this ambitious girl's brain! We hope you enjoy this Alumni Spotlight on 2013 grad, Melissa Godin.