Leonard Batubara, aged 17, our club’s Rotary Youth Exchange student, comes to us from South Jakarta, Indonesia, the most populous city in Southeast Asia and 12th largest in the world. He has 2 younger sisters, Naomi & Jessica. He is in his final year of high school and has been attending a private catholic boys school which is unique in that if the students do well with their grades, they can grow their hair long.
He is a Social Science major. Bas- ketball, guitar playing and cycling are his interests. Leonard has done some international travel to places close to home such as Singapore, Malaysia and Perth. Leonard hopes to “be different in a positive way” as a result of his exchange experience. He looks forward to improving his English language skills, experiencing a new culture and hopefully making life long friends. Leonard’s first host family will be Sandra Irving and Leo Degroot and their son Shawn. Their daughter Lauren is an outbound RYE. Leonard can be reached at e-mail: [email protected] and he will arrive in late August. Leonard will be supported in his stay in Nelson by the Joint Club RYE Sheila Hart, Youth Exchange Officer, Lorne Westnedge Counselor and the Joint Rotary Youth Exchange Committee that consists of Sheila Hart, Gary Senecal, and Rotary Club of Nelson mem- bers Noreen Lynas (YEO), Wendy Lacroix, Peter Ward,, John Ferguson, Marg Stacey and Counselor Pat Davis