Joyce Azzam: Everest Summiter, Conservation Architect + HL Mountain Plastic Ambassador
We are thrilled to announce that Joyce Azzam has joined us as a Himalayan Life Mountain Plastic Ambassador!
From War-Torn Lebanon to the top of Everest!
Joyce Azzam grew up in war-torn Lebanon where she spent most of her early childhood living in a bunker underground, battling a chronic lung condition and hypermobility syndrome.
“Nobody expected me to be a mountaineer, but I welcomed the contrast, as it challenged stereotypes of what a woman should be.”
Against odds and cultural barriers, Joyce has achieved her goals and has become an inspiration for people around the world. Joyce was the first Lebanese woman to complete the Seven Summits by summitting Everest May 2019. She has climbed 28 mountains across the world, holds a Ph.D. in Conservation Architecture and runs an NGO called MounTurtle.
Her story is one of strength, perseverance and hope! Joyce has become a fierce advocate for women and child’s rights.
Read an interview with Rotary and Joyce here.
Himalayan Life Mountain Plastic Ambassador
We are honoured to have Joyce as part of our team. April 2020, we will together begin the Everest Base Camp Expedition for Himalayan Life! Joyce and street boys from Pokhara will embark on a life-changing adventure to help recover Mountain Plastic at Everest.
This expedition will not only be to recover mountain plastic but will raise funds to support the Himalayan Life Vocational Training program we have developed for former street boys.
Join the movement by following along with the Expedition by tunning into the real-time video blog, social media updates and more or donating directly here.
Check out Joyce training for Everest here!
Mountain Plastic: Powered by Himalayan Life: VIP Event with Joyce Azzam | Feb 19, 7pm | Steamworks, Vancouver
Mountain Plastic: Powered by Himalayan Life: VIP Event with Joyce Azzam | Feb 20, 7pm | Twisted Thistle, Chilliwack
Himalayan Life Snowshoeing with Joyce Azzam | Feb 22, 10am | Mount Seymour
Mountain Plastic: Powered by Himalayan Life: Launch Event | Feb 22, 7pm | Granville Chapel, Vancouver
VIMFF Trail Running Show with Mira Rai, presented by Mountain Plastic | Feb 23, 7:30pm | Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver