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Travel Health Journal

Meet Daphne: Our new travel health advocate

We’re very pleased to welcome Daphne Hendsbee to our team. Daphne is IAMAT’s new Communications and Marketing Specialist. Her goal is to reach out to more travellers to help them plan a healthy trip.

Here’s an introduction to Daphne.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and raised in Ottawa, Canada.

Where did you go to school:
I studied Global Development at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

What are some of your most memorable travel experiences?
I travelled extensively through Europe and eastern Canada, sampling as much local cuisine as possible along the way. I have lived abroad twice: as a student in East Sussex, United Kingdom and as an intern at the World Food Programme in Rome, Italy.

My most interesting travel experience was backpacking through Spain during the 2010 Iceland volcano eruption. When my flight from Barcelona to London was cancelled on account of ash clouds, a friend and I spent the next two days hopping trains, ferries, buses, subways, and taxis from Barcelona to our university in East Sussex. To date, I have visited 20 countries and hope to drag my backpack through many more.

Fun fact about Daphne:
I studied French, Spanish, Arabic, German, and Italian, although I only speak French fluently. In the future, I would like to become fluent in Spanish and take an extended trip through Central and South America.

What are some of your hobbies:
I am intrigued by all aspects of food, from field to fork. I have been active in Canadian and international food security organizations focused on building sustainable food systems. As a traveller, I’m as fascinated by the cultural significance of food as by its flavours.

I am also a recreational cyclist, geocacher, and amateur photographer.

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