Moving abroad is an exciting time, full of new
adventures, new friends andnewchallenges. But
however ready one canbe to embrace the new,
there is nothing quite like a bit of home.
So in2014, whenmy fellowcollegiate sister
EmilieWalker (BritishColumbia) contactedme
to letme knowshewasmoving toLondon, I
was overjoyed. I hadbeen living inLondon for
sixmonths or so, andwas settling inwell. All the
same, it wouldbe awelcome addition tomy life of
new tohave someone fromhome in town aswell.
Always the entrepreneur, Emilie approached
mewith the idea of reaching out viaLinkedIn
towomenwhowere based inLondon andhad
GammaPhi listedon their profiles. Inno time
at all, she built up an email list of alumnae, all
of whomwere eager to connect andmissed the
sisterhood that other alumnae had through
chapters at home.
We startedwith aFacebook group and a
small gathering over appetizers, and fromthere
our alumnae sisterhoodhas grown.We’ve cooked
brunch together, celebratedFoundersDay a few
times, attended countless rugbymatches (thanks
to one among uswho is an enthusiast!) and
wewere finally installed as anofficial alumnae
chapter on June 5, 2016. Todatewe have 19
members, and everyweekmorewomen joinour
Facebook group fromnear and far in theUK,
eager to reconnect with a bit of home.
But it’s not just a feeling of home thatmakes
me appreciate our ongoing sisterhood. Each time
I go to a dinner or see a showwith these ladies,
I’mremindedof what remarkablewomen are in
our sisterhood. Fromsisterswho are changing
theworld innonprofits, to those developing
exciting careers infinance or law, to thosewho
are keeping us all Zenby completing their yoga
teacher training, thesewomen are inspirational.
They remindme that whereverwe are in the
world, GammaPhi Betas are confident women
of characterwho celebrate sisterhood andmake a
difference in theworld around them.
LONDON UK ALUMNAE CHAPTER
Alumnae Chapter Profile
To join the UK Alumnae Chapter, search
“Gamma Phi Beta UK Alumnae” on Facebook
From left to right: Alumnae Chapter President Emilie
Walker (British Columbia), Vice President Pascale
Schittecatte (British Columbia) and Treasurer Nia Murrell
(Pepperdine), at the chapter installation in June.
Sisters enjoying the swings near Oxford Circus.
Sonia Slavinski (California-Riverside) and Melissa
Manikowski (Syracuse) celebrating the UK Alumnae
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