Spruce Grove woman is a 'top 30 under 30'

Saige Godberson (left) and Marnie Colborne (right)

Saige Godberson to be featured in the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s magazine recognizing the work of youth towards greater gender equality.

A 23-year-old from Spruce Grove is being recognized for her work with gender inequality.

Saige Godberson will appear in the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s 2019 Top 30 Under 30 Magazine. The issue will celebrate Albertan youth working towards a more sustainable and fair world to live in. She was nominated by her community and selected by a committee of peers. 

The registered nurse was inspired to start her non-profit organization, Youthnited Nations, after her cancer diagnosis and seeing the lack of opportunities for youth to help in global causes. She co-founded it with a fellow nurse, Marnie Colborne in 2017. 

She says they've received a lot of support locally and internationally. 

“It truly is a group of youth from all over the world that just want to make positive global change. That’s essentially why we’re all here and what’re we’re doing,” she said.

Godberson says her work at the Stollery Children’s Hospital inspired her to focus on gender inequality issues.   

“I work in the neonatal intensive care [unit], so I do see women and children a lot. I see the vulnerability of it. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about and wanted to work in for my entire life,” she said.

While they have many on-going projects, their current goal is to raise $40 thousand to build, stock, and sustain a medical clinic in rural Uganda. She says they have sent four nurses to school so they can work full-time in the clinic, with the aim to support the centre for a minimum of five years. 

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s 2019 Top 30 Under 30 Magazine: The Gender Equality Edition will release on Feb. 7.

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