Meet the Study Tour 2017 Team!

 This October, members of the Collega + Aveda network will embark on a journey of a lifetime as part of the annual Study Tour of Madagascar. They’ll see exactly who Earth Month supports and how this campaign is changing thousands of lives by providing access to clean, drinkable water. They'll witness WaterAid in action making a difference in local communities, meet the people featured in our Earth Month campaigns, and explore this beautiful island!

This October, members of the Collega + Aveda network will embark on a journey of a lifetime as part of the annual Study Tour of Madagascar. They’ll see exactly who Earth Month supports and how this campaign is changing thousands of lives by providing access to clean, drinkable water. They'll witness WaterAid in action making a difference in local communities, meet the people featured in our Earth Month campaigns, and explore this beautiful island!

 Aubrey Boerh, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,505!

Aubrey Boerh, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,505!

Betty raised $8,100+ from selling her home-cooked meals!! What was her fundraising inspiration?

“The more I know about the world water crisis and this cause, the more I want to do something, which is what inspired me throughout my fundraising journey. Reading other people's stories on social media and blogs of how impacting this cause is has motivated me during my fundraising!”

 Melanie Whitemore, Civello Salon raised $8,795

Melanie Whitemore, Civello Salon raised $8,795

Darlene has traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar with WaterAid to see the programs that have been implemented with the support from #earthmonthCA. Darlene has spent the past 11 years managing the annual Earth Month campaign, which has raised over $4.5 million for WaterAid. Since 2011, Darlene has hosted a Toronto-based event, H20TORONTO, which has raised $170,000 for clean water projects throughout eastern Africa in support of WaterAid. This Study Tour will be her third visit to Madagascar!

 Heather Tytula, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,503!

Heather Tytula, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,503!

Vanessa is part of the Marketing team at Collega International.

“Vanessa wants to live in a world where books come wrapped in chocolate, pollution turns into power, and no one ever cared how silly they looked when dancing. Toronto is my birthplace but Europe feels like home. Endlessly inspired by all forms of art, fueled by warm interactions with strangers, and driven by ambition to make a difference. Kind people are my kind of people!”

 Gabo Hernandez, Civello raised $7,505!

Gabo Hernandez, Civello raised $7,505!

“I have been inspired by Earth Month this year because I took the time to grasp and sit with the idea of not having clean water. It is unsettling and makes me uncomfortable knowing that the world, that every human being on this planet, doesn't have the same privilege that I do. This state of discomfort inspires action for me because the fact that many live without safe water is not okay. It is my passion to work with others, to engage, and to care for the people in this world. I believe we are all so important.”

 Betty Paguandas, Collega raised $8,100

Betty Paguandas, Collega raised $8,100

“I'm a mother, a wife, a makeup artist and a water warrior! I've been fundraising for WaterAid for the past 11 years but 7 years ago I began working on small fundraisers for the cause. I can't wait to visit Madagascar and meet the people who are the reason we do all this. I know that meeting the mothers and children, seeing what their lives are like will make me a more compassionate and enlightened human and mother. I truly believe access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and I can't wait to see the Earth Month funds in action!”

 Darlene Paguandas, Collega International

Darlene Paguandas, Collega International

Heather is the proud owner of BRIO Salonapa in Lethbridge, AB. She is all about giving back to an industry that has treated her so well. WaterAid is also something she believes very strongly in, and loves to rally her team to catch her passion for giving. She also has a keen business sense, and when not empowering her team through knowledge, she is busy seeking knowledge herself. Heather is known internationally as a great Salon Owner, Business coach and Mentor.

 Vanessa Fratia, Collega raised $7,700!

Vanessa Fratia, Collega raised $7,700!

Gabo raised $7,505 for clean water projects! What was his inspiration?...

"For me, Earth Month is an opportunity to give back, contribute and be part of a change, it's a away to create awareness but most importantly to show what we can do when we all come together!"

Rami Accomeh & Nick Kachibaia, photographers and videographers will be documenting the Study Tour of Madagascar.