Volunteer Spotlight: Allegra Bethlenfalvy
Written By: Anna Muir, JGI Canada Volunteer
Category: Our Champions
In October 2015, having attended an extraordinary talk given by Jane Goodall on her ground-breaking discoveries about chimp behaviour, University of Toronto student Allegra Bethlenfalvy made a decision: somehow, she would support Dr. Jane’s mission to make the world a better place, where people and nature can flourish.
“I wanted to make a difference like she did,” recounts Allegra. “The next day, I got in touch with JGI Canada. Before I knew it, I was starting my volunteer shifts at the office.”
Armed with a degree in environmental studies, Allegra is committed to protecting the natural world, and, as a volunteer with JGI Canada, she’s contributing to efforts to live more sustainably and raise awareness about conservation and species protection.
When she first started volunteering, Allegra came across one of Dr. Jane’s famous quotes: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” The phrase became Allegra’s personal mantra, reminding her of the role she plays in creating a more sustainable tomorrow. “No matter how big or how small, my actions are helping to make a difference.”
Allegra has worked on JGI projects such as our cell phone recycling contest (#CycleMyCell), DIY beauty nights, and other public outreach events that support sustainability initiatives as treasurer of the Roots & Shoots group at University of Toronto, an opportunity she is grateful to have learned about through her volunteer experience.
As for the future, another piece of wisdom from Dr. Jane is Allegra’s inspiration—to create a world where people live in harmony with nature. “I want to work in the environmental field and help protect animals from human activities,” she says.
Allegra will always be a member of the JGI family with her incredible dedication to bringing us closer to a world where animals, people and nature flourish together.