Langley girl off to London on Rotary International Global Grant

Langley’s Lexi Vankevich is the first Canadian to receive Rotary International scholarship under the Global Grant program.

Valued at $53,000, the scholarship will allow her to attend the London School of Economics starting in September as she goes after her Masters degree in science, social policy, and education.

The Rotary Club of Langley had the honour of announcing the scholarship.

“I’m so grateful for the mentorship of Langley’s Rotarians in my life. It was the late Eric Bysouth, long-time Langley Rotarian, who was the first Rotarian to take me under his wing,” she said.

Vankevich has been busy with an array of activities that earned her the scholarship.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in April from Trinity Western University, served as an intern in the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa and was a International Baccalaureate (IB) student at R.E. Mountain Secondary.

Right now she’s summering in Washington – D.C. not State – where she is a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, a private, right wing, not-for-profit think tank focused on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare.

“Lexi is a remarkable young woman with a passion for all that Rotary International stands for – and we have seen her in action as she has served both her community here in Langley and has served the poor and needy overseas,” said Rotarian David Truman. “Her vision to empower women and children in developing countries to pull themselves out of poverty to support their families through micro-business is exciting.”

Truman is not only a Langley Rotarian but also the assistan governor of Rotary District 5050 Area C which includes 58 Rotary Clubs from Hope, B.C. to Everett, Wash.

“This is such an honour to be chosen to represent my country as well as our wonderful Rotary Club here in Langley. I’ve seen the influence of Rotary both here at home and around the world, and I’m proud to be part of what it represents – hard work, integrity and service above self,” Vankevich said.

She served as president of Langley Rotaract, the Rotary group for young professionals, and hosted events to raise funds and awareness for Wagner Hills Farms, Ratanak International which works to rescue young girls from the sex-trade in Cambodia, Wellspring International’s Educational work in Rwanda, and Opportunity International for supporting micro-financing in developing countries. Lexi also volunteered at Harrison Landing Senior’s home, and with the children at Langley Evangelical Free Church.

Last summer, she volunteered with an organization called Mission in the Amazon to do humanitarian work with the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, working to both teach English and help rebuild houses after flooding damage.

In May she was a speaker and coach at Rotary’s International Youth Convention for RYLA in Sydney, Australia.

It’s these sorts of endeavours that earned her the label of one of Vancouver’s Top 24 Under 24.

Just Posted

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered Langley girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

WATCH: Farm Country Brewing in Langley City expected to open in summer

Farm Country Brewing is currently under construction and is planned to open in summer 2019.

South Langley centre offers seniors an array of activities

Members decide which courses and activities are offered at the Brookswood Seniors Centre.

LETTER: Langley/Surrey shortchanged on transit for Vancouver

Funding to get SkyTrain to Langley City could come from not undergrounding Vancouver’s extension.

LETTER: Area letter writer puts Trump government shutdown in perspective

A Maple Ridge letter writer is critical of Hillary Clinton’s comments about the shutdown.

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Book a ride on a driverless shuttle in Surrey or Vancouver

Automated vehicle demos are being offered, as the two cities plan pilot projects with the shuttles

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Missing man from Crowsnest Pass could be in Lower Mainland

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Most Read