Volunteer’s dolls help brighten lives of Dominican children
April 20, 2017

Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.

Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.

Meet Ina Wood. Ina is an 80-plus-year-old dynamo who has been working diligently on these cute “Izzy” dolls for the Georgian nursing trip to San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. She found out about the good work done by Georgian students through Alicia Sedgwick. Sedgwick is a Nursing professor in the School of Health, Wellness and Sciences, and is a friend of Ina’s daughter.

Those who know Ina’s passion for good causes know that she puts a lot of care and effort into projects she believes in. Georgian students and faculty will be passing out the dolls to children when they travel to the Caribbean nation on the college’s annual volunteer medical working trip in May.

The dolls have always been a big hit, says Sedgwick.

“We use these dolls to give to the local children, both male and female, who come to our clinics,”¯ she said. “The children love them.”¯

The annual trip has grown over the years to include not only nursing students, but also students from various health disciplines and medical professionals from throughout the community, bringing much-needed health care to thousands of people in the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic.

This year, 29 students are going on the 10-day trip, from a variety of programs including Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing, Personal Support workers, Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. Six leaders are also going.

“This trip is a service learning opportunity for students interested in acquiring trans-cultural skills,”¯ said Sedgwick. “Our goal is for students and faculty to recognize, understand and appreciate cultural similarities and differences between Canada and the Dominican Republic. It is also an example of an inter-professional project that has had a major impact on our students.”¯