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Invested and Inspiring: Victoria Wilkinson
Year: 4th year, 3rd year Nursing.
Hometown: Langley, BC
Victoria Wilkinson started the Pillowcase Princess Project in 2011, after realizing that her heart for missions, and helping others, could have an international impact, even from her home in Langley. Ever since the age of seven she has had a heart for Africa, in particular. Victoria distinctly remembers regularly asking her parents to let her sponsor a child, many times strategically laying out the sponsorship cards around the house.
Victoria has gone on missions’ trips before. She visited Mexico in her Grade 11 year to work with children, and build a house. However, her heart longed to visit Africa. Between high school and university, she tried to take a gap year to travel to the massive continent, but her plans continuously fell through.
Her next step? Enroll at Trinity Western University until the dream to visit Africa could be realized!
Though somewhat disappointed at first in the light of having her travel plans cancelled, Victoria realized that her time at Trinity has been exceptionally influential. Her heart and understanding of local missions was developed through involvement in TWU outreach teams.
“I had a good friend who invited me to join Rahab ministries at TWU and that really showed me that there is so much we can be doing in our own community, even to make a difference internationally.”
Furthermore, as a nursing student, she developed many practical skills. Both these things shaped who she was and what she had to offer. So when last summer she had the opportunity to finally travel to Africa, she took more than just herself and her passion with her. Because of her developed heart for local outreach, and community, she was led to start the Pillowcase Princess Project, which provided her the opportunity to deliver hundreds of dresses and shorts to the people she visited in Africa. The nursing skills provided her with practical skills to help in a rural clinic.
It was her international focus that inspired the Pillowcase Princess Project. But TWU got her mind thinking how to serve locally first. To date, Victoria and many volunteers have made over 1000 dresses and roughly 800 pairs of shorts, which have been sent not only to Africa, but all over the world. Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Philippines, Mexico, and Haiti are a few of the places that have been blessed by many volunteers.
Victoria delivers the dresses personally, as well as, sends them off with other missionaries whom she connects with. Everyone is welcome to get involved! Here are some ways:
Victoria admits that for a time, it was overwhelming given how big the project had become. Currently in her 3rd year of Nursing, she understands better than anyone that things can get kind of hectic with school, friends, family, and volunteer work. Though it’s hard to balance everything, Victoria’s dedicated to making time for things that she is passionate about.
For more information about the Pillowcase Princess Project, visit their official website here: http://pillowcaseprincess.wix.com/home
Thank you TWU students for nominating Victoria as one of the many students on campus that are making an impact on both a local and global scale! Know of another student who fits the criteria of passionately serving and positively impacting others? Email us your nomination at email@example.com.
Here is how this works: Impact receives a tip from a fellow TWU student about a peer who they’ve witnessed making a real difference in the lives of others. Impact verifies the activities of the nominee and shares the good news with you!
So kind of like Gossip Girl, except less creepy and less gossip-y.
We realize that before, during and after our time at Trinity Western, different passions and causes create meaning in our lives and offer us the opportunity to DO something! At Trinity, we’re afforded the time to seriously think, reflect and evaluate why those passions are important. Yes, we’ve all heard that the mission of Trinity Western University is to create godly Christian leaders for the various marketplaces of life.But what does that look like?We believe that being a godly Christian leader takes different forms in different people. But it seems as though a common thread binds every single one of those outrageous, creative, philanthropic, entrepreneurial, inventive, BRILLIANT passions: our love for God and the pursuit of His plan for us.
Now where on earth are we going with all this you might be asking yourself?
Well, we realized that throughout TWU’s student body of over 4000 students, there must be some pretty amazing stories of students pursuing their passions, whatever they may be, and bettering the world because of it! But of course, our contacts only reach so far. If you know a student who is actively pursuing their passion and creating a change for the better in the local or global community we would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we explore some of the mishmash of passions that permeate this campus.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior! TWU Impact staff has enjoyed a restful few weeks and now we’re ready to dive in to 2014!
I can’t believe that it has crept up on us so fast. It seems as if just yesterday we were crafting futile resolutions to finish papers at least a week before the due date. Oh well, we tried, right? Nothing against resolutions though. I believe that resolutions can be made at any point in the year, not just the beginning. Before diving head first into a new year filled with new hope and new resolutions, giving thanks is always a good idea! So here are some of our favourite moments from the past year, moments that make us truly thankful to be a part of this awesome place we call Trinity Western University.
Our favourite moments from 2013:
We can’t wait to see you all again in January! But for now, have a wonderful time celebrating the incoming year with the ones you love.
Happy New Year!
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