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Women of Peace Corps Legacy

Women of Peace Corps Legacy


"I entered Peace Corps at age 62 and by great luck Marie Yovanovich was the US Ambassador to Armenia and Lee Hitchcock Lacy was the Country Director.Just their presence was a source of encouragement and mentorship and I found out that you are never too old to have a mentor! I am committed to mentoring several young women in my family as well as my community and extend it internationally. I encourage all women to be inventive and passionate about their dreams and work. I am a life longer learner and model these actions to all I meet."

                                                                                                                                                                            -Kath Lestina PC Armenia 2010-2012

"Count me in! I am willing to mentor."

                                              -Terry Ferrari

"1.   Member of WIA  (Women in Action) with the United Way of Delaware)—mentee to women in transition, looking to                       expand their business, change careers, etc.

  2.   Program chair for NAWBO-- National Association of Women Owned Business.  

  3. Member of GREAT DAMES, a  locally founded organization with the  goal to empower women to be all they can be."

                                                                                                                                                                            -Peggy Smith

"I meet women (and men!) all of the time who are interested in global work and service, whether Peace Corps or other opportunities, but concerned that they may not be ready to take that leap. I always encourage them to be bold and pursue the path that they feel the most passionate about!"

                                                                                                                                                                            -Justine Desmarais

"There have been so many people who have helped me along the way; though I never had a mentor in the traditional sense. The women who helped me the most was a woman who worked as the Special Assistant to the Director General when I was the DGs Executive Assistant at the IUCN. Mostly we took walks during the lunch hour and just talked about our lives. She was the person who first suggested I pursue graduate school to continue with my work focused on service."

                                                                                                                                                                               -Laara Manler

"Most of my work for the last 30 plus years has allowed me to work with young women who are creating their own career paths.  For me, there is nothing more rewarding than chatting with someone interested in international work, service, and community development.  I have coached and mentored many, many of them with great pleasure.  Right now my energies are going into helping with the growth of my 5-year-old granddaughter - what a treat!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Lee Lacy

"I believe that I do this intentionally and …by accident. I try to make myself accessible and available to women with whom I work and interact with professionally. I am making a commitment to do this more intentionally because of the WPCL call to action. There is also a role to play in ensuring that the institutions in which I work and volunteer have created environments in which women are recognized and supported as their male counterparts are and younger women are provided with opportunities to grow and contribute. "

                                                                                                                                                                                -Kate Raftery


Pledge your commitment to mentoring or share a story of a mentor who has made a difference in your life.

"Jane Martin was our PC Directors ‘ wife and friend to many of us.  She opened a restaurant “ Aunt Jane’s” ( best lemon meringue pie) and “Cheez Beez Bhandar” –A store for things ( handicrafts and art work).  She showed us how to live life to its full extent: each day, each hour, each person, each event—important, worthy, loved.  In 1973 she died suddenly in Nepal.  Reflecting upon her short life, she taught me to be ready to share, to give, to search, to be open and honest.  Simply, to be good, be happy and find joy in life."                                                                                                          Sigrid Anderson

                                         Nepal, 1970-1972

We ask you to lend a hand to women all around you who might need launching their careers, rethinking their lives or expanding their horizons. Just as others have been there for you... be there for another woman as she walks her path. Our ASK: Offer to mentor 5 women who might appreciate the assistance at this point in their lives. Make a commitment of time and attention. Send us your pledge. No need for names but just the public commitment to mentor and support 5 women over whatever time you two have decided.