Uganda the focus of college session

A mother and daughter will share their experiences volunteering in Uganda with Valley residents this week.

Mary Catherine Bellamy reads to Ugandan children.

A mother and daughter will share their experiences volunteering in Uganda with Valley residents this week.

North Island College (NIC)’s Global Learning Initiative is presenting HIV/AIDS in Uganda: The World’s Children Belong to All of Us this Thursday night.

Join mother-daughter development team Hilda Catherine Shilliday and Mary Catherine Bellamy as they discuss their experiences volunteering in Uganda’s HIV/AIDS clinics.

A registered nurse since 1950, Shilliday worked in public health, taught prenatal and parenting classes for many years and was instrumental in starting parenting classes for single mothers-to-be.

In 1997, at the age of 77, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to nurse in another country, travelling to Uganda to volunteer in an HIV/AIDS clinic.

Bellamy graduated in 1982 from the University of Calgary with a BA in Political Science and from Capilano University in 1993 with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

She has worked for almost 30 years with children and youth living with a range of abilities and their families. From 2000 to 2006, she worked as an infant development consultant, and for the past four and a half years, she has been the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) key worker, both in Campbell River. Bellamy has a special interest in the area of women and addictions and has been involved in community development activities to build supports and services for children and adults affected by substance use.

HIV/AIDS in Uganda: The World’s Children Belong to All of Us will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC’s Comox Valley Campus. Admission is by donation to the Global Learning Initiative.

For more information, contact Susan Auchterlonie at 250-334-5271 or

— North Island


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