Gates Foundation member to speak Thursday in Metchosin

Loca resident spends time abroad working on polio eradication and vaccine access

Metchosin resident Violaine Mitchell, who serves as deputy director for vaccine delivery with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak about her work in a presentation Thursday (Oct. 16) at the Metchosin Community House.

Mitchell, when not farming at home, operates mainly out of Northern Nigeria focusing on the eradication of polio and improving children’s access to lifesaving vaccines for measles, tetanus, hepatitis B and infant meningitis.

The free talk, part of the Metchosin Community Association’s guest speaker program, begins at 7 p.m. and there will be time for questions and socializing afterward. Light refreshments will be served.