Class I (2003-2004)

9. Christian Oakes

Sponsor Club: United States, District 6970

Christian has witnessed firsthand the devastating effects that armed conflict and natural disaster can have on communities. Christian has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa, where he helped build low-cost shelters. He rebuilt hurricane-damaged homes in Antigua as a member of Crisis Corps. Christian supervised the construction of 47 school buildings as part of an NGO project in Cambodia. A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in construction management, Christian and his wife, Rosemary Berkeley, a writer, currently make their home in Neptune Beach, Florida. After Christian completes his studies at the University of Queensland, he looks forward to putting his degree to work in the developing world.