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Mari L.

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Review for International Peace Garden Foundation Inc, Batavia, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I began assisting with this Organization in 2003 a year after I graduAted from high school. I herd about the amazing story and the idea behind spreading peace throught the world and thought, "I want to be a part of this!" I volunteered to assist in any way I could. The Committee accepted me with open arms and I was amazed at how much this experience would effect my life even to this day. I began by assisting in organizing and preparing for the dedication ceremony in Rome, Italy. From the fine detail of sorting and organizing press packets, putting linen on the tables, to meeting, greeting and serving our mission statement to resident bystanders and tourists. This is where I began to really understand the depth and intracacy of this mission. This also was my first time away from my family, first time out of the USA, I felt safe and this experience really gave me the sense that I was part of something bigger than I could imagine. I was delighted when the Organization contacted me the following year to assist in The 2004 Athens, Greece dedicationthe year when they held the Olympics. My role at this time expanded to photography which was amazing. In 2005 I was asked to assist in Cyprus, Nicosia dedication, by this time I was helping prepare for the gardens well in advance, working hard with the committee to organize and bring the gardens to life. The Cyprus garden affected me more then I could imagine, learning the History of Cyprus and how much this garden meant to the Whole country. I herd stories of pain, sorrow, redemption and enlightenment, I met people I will never forget. After the 2005 dedication I had a good Idea of what I wanted to do with my life and began my educational Journey to become a Registered Nurse to help and assist people at a more personal level. My last International experience was in the 2008 Kiev, Ukraine, never did I believe I would have the opportunity to make it there. Here not only did I do the tasks I previously mentioned, but I was able to speak in schools to young children and answer their questions about peace and the mission of the gardens. This again was a life altering experience. To see the hope of a brighter future, to see the lengths the school went to preserve there culture After being oppressed for years under the Soviet Union... Priceless. The gardens are more than a symbol, a preservation of hope for a brighter future. If you check on the you will see some pictures of the children and how happy they were . So flash forward to 2012 I am still in close contact with The International Peace Garden Foundation, although my level of involvement is not nearly as much, the experience I shared with them was more than I could ask for and helped shape who I am today. I did reach my goal to become a Registered Nurse and am currently serving in an Emergency Department near Buffalo, NY.

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Role:  Volunteer