BRYANT POND — Rebecca Chandler of Bryant Pond has been chosen for the International Rescue Committee’s annual Sarlo Foundation Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service.

She has worked for the IRC as a child protection development coordinator in Sudan from 2006 to 2009 and was called the day after Haiti’s earthquake to develop a plan for child-friendly space on that island nation where she worked until the present.

Chandler graduated from Telstar High School and Brandeis University in social work. She served two years in Mongolia in the Peace Corps where she helped develop a workable ambulance service. She got her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York City. Afterward she was hired by IRC.

Her parents are James Chandler, environmental teacher at the Land Lab in the Auburn school system and chosen Maine science teacher of the year in 2009, and Jane Chandler, an Androscoggin Home Health Care nurse.

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