Elisabeth Leblanc, 35, A French native, with a bachelor’s degrees in project management and sustainable development, has been interning as a “Site Manager,” with Back To Natives for roughly seven months. Her job includes organizing, overseeing projects, assisting with databases, BTN’s website, among other things.
Leblanc will be headed back to France soon. “I was offered a position to be a GIS (Geographical Information Software) project manager for all French administrations,” she said excitedly. “Back to Natives was a huge help in me getting the job. I just want to thank them,” Leblanc added.
While Leblanc will be leaving Back to Natives she is forever grateful for her time as a volunteer. “The people here are just so committed. Reginald is here all the time. Lori is working all the time. We have long-time volunteers that are here everyday we’re on site. The work never ends.”
Leblanc offers some advice for the person taking over her position. “Take one thing at a time. We’re working on so many projects, just never lose sight of what you want to do.”
Back to Natives isn’t just a non-profit organization. Everyone involved from staff, interns, and volunteers treat each other like family. “I’m really glad I had the opportunity to work here. I love working with people that are so passionate and community oriented. I really hope I’ll be able to come back,” Leblanc said. Back to Natives hopes so too. – Darrell King, BTN Communications Intern