Alana Westervelt wins inaugural Alex Foto Memorial Award

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Alana Westerveld

Fourth-year International Development student Alana Westervelt becomes the first recipient of an award that was set up to commemorate the humanitarian spirit of Alex Foto, a St. Paul’s student who passed away suddenly in the summer of 2014.

“It is an honour and a privilege to receive this award,” Alana said. “Although I never had the opportunity to meet Alex, the countless stories my classmates and professors have shared about her and her passion for development speak to the incredible person that she was.”

Alana is currently in Tanzania on her eight-month field placement, working with the Tanzania Tourist Board. She is helping to develop marketing and business tools for cultural tourism programs across the country. Part of the funds collected by these cultural tourism programs is distributed into local communities through community development projects, humanitarian relief projects, and environmental conservation efforts.

Alana was nominated for the award by faculty in the International Development program for being a “highly intelligent, thoughtful, and articulate student who embodies the ethos of the award.”

The award is worth $1,000 and goes to an International Development student completing the fourth-year placement component of the program, and who cares deeply about humanitarian and anti-poverty work.

Congratulations, Alana!