From there she brought home a lot of Bushman artefacts and souvenirs. Yes, but we are going to England, not to Canada. Life took a different turn, however, and after two years studying in England, we spent the following four years in Papua New Guinea. But in June we returned to Ottawa, and all our boxes from three different continents soon followed. I called and asked to talk to Fern. There was a very awkward silence.
Fern had told her a lot about us in her letters. And then the story unfolded.
In the end, she came to the conclusion that the only answer was to take a shortcut. She spent a fair amount of time in northern Saskatchewan teaching sewing. Her husband would acquire old treadle sewing machines, repair them, and then Anne would take them up north and leave them in the communities where she taught. Following retirement, she had a CUSO placement in Maun, where she did extension work similar to what she had done in Saskatchewan.
It was after three trips to the train station that I was finally on my way. She gave me a cup of tea and sent me to bed. Two amazing people I got to know beyond our Botswana time!
I loved that rondavel! I had many cups of tea there with Bea until she went back to Victoria in Bea retired from the Credit Union in Victoria when she was Bea, or Mma Day, was well respected and loved by the people she worked with. Bea and I worked across from each other for a year. Bea always had a thermos of tea at work.
Bea helped ease my transition from Toronto life to Serowe life by just being there for me. Shortly before she was due to go back to Canada, Bea was involved in a car accident. But she insisted on staying and finishing her work. Bea gave us a hand-painted bowl as our wedding gift and we will always treasure that. She suffered a stroke in and left us on January 30, , at age The baboon was very surprised that a human was getting into the car, and Bea was very surprised that a baboon was in the car. He had just finished his Bachelor of Science at Trent. I recall him saying he literally paced out the boundaries, then drew corresponding maps where this information was recorded.
He loved the slower pace of life, relaxed atmosphere and experiencing the Botswana way of life, and the many friendships he developed. As mentioned in my Bio, Neil met me in Botswana and in December we returned briefly to Canada and were married with family and a couple of close friends in attendance. We returned to Botswana for a third year, living in Gaborone. Neil worked for Department of Town and Regional Planning in He returned to Botswana with some anthropology graduate students for three months in the spring of Neil decided to take up running while in Botswana and continued with that sport on our return to Canada.
It started out solely for fitness, but he excelled at it, so started entering races, often coming in first or placing in his age category. We had boxes and boxes of his medals and trophies and of course T-shirts from the races. His favourite distance was 10k, but he also liked to run the half marathon at the Ottawa Marathon. He was also part of a team a couple times that ran the Banff to Jasper Relay and the Cabot Trail relay. He found all the steep inclines challenging and exhilarating. He was light on his feet and built like a runner.
I do however have good memories of biking alongside him on some of his runs. Neil also enjoyed cycling with some of the friends from that group. This meant Neil could no longer run or drive a car, and had to give up his job of teaching Continuing Education at Conestoga College. We made sure he got to see his running and other friends as much as possible when he felt up to it. My family members and many of his running friends run it each year.
He wanted to organize a race where everyone could come across the finish line at the same time, so he had everyone predict their time and had a staggered start. Prizes were given to those who came closest to their predicted time. This was followed by a big breakfast. He was too weak to participate in the half marathon he had signed up for, but his grandson Joseph wanted to run the 2k, and Neil wanted to run alongside him. Also in the picture is my son-in-law John Gagnon, who took up running once he met Neil, and is now an avid runner. We cherish our memories of Neil.
He never got to meet his third grandchild, Henry Neil, but had the pleasure of being a wonderful grandparent to Joseph and Ivy. We are grateful he had a very peaceful passing and that we all had our chances to say goodbye. He was an only child to a couple who were in their 40s when they had Wain. Wain's dad was a typesetter at the Toronto Daily Star newspaper. Wain was very sheltered. He did not know how to crack an egg before you put it in the pan. He had notes for everything: how to light a lantern, etc. He begged to stay with me.
There were tears in his eyes. I was in no mood to babysit this geek. I'll always remember walking by Wain's new home that had no electricity. He was forlornly eating his supper with a fork in one hand and a flashlight in the other. He became an excellent cook. He made his first batch of cookies which expanded into one giant cookie.
He offered the cookie to a teacher colleague who ate the entire thing. Wain was delighted. Yes, Manseke was Wain's Tswana nickname. The way I heard it, his students called him Manseke because he looked like a big rat that moved fast. There was no negative connotation about looking like a rat. Our students loved everyone. They were from villages in the bush and they were speaking English full-time for the first time in Form 1 Grade 9.
I was honoured to learn to teach in Botswana. Wain volunteered with CUSO for 3 years. He returned to Canada. Somehow he ended up in Botton Village in Yorkshire. It was a Christian community with adults with special needs.
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The staff were volunteers. It became Wain's home. Wain became the librarian. He had an inheritance from his mother that he would use to travel the world visiting Camphill Trust people. I met Wain and his goddaughter at Banff, Alberta, on September 1st, It was snowing. Wain had survived one bout with cancer.
Wain was child-like all his life. Astrology was always part of Wain's life. He was always looking for his true love until he died. CUSO changed my life as it did Wain's. For such a meek looking guy, Wain was a brave heart. I feel so humble to have known him.
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He was on his own spiritual path and how steadfast his mission was. Wayne is another splendid example of a CUSO volunteer who went on to have an honourable and inspiring career. I'm sure that Wain is still doing astrological charts. Wain told me that I would come into my own in my later years. I've been on a roll since I retired. Life is good. Love you all. He was sixty-five years old. Wain came to Botton in the s from Canada and has very much been part of Camphill life ever since.
After a short interlude at Ringwood where he attended the eurythmy school, Wain returned to Botton in While in Ringwood he became so ill with cancer that he received the last anointing. Wain famously said that he knew he would recover as it was not his time yet. Wain was well known for his great love of anthroposophy and of the stars. His interest in astrology led him to complete many people's horoscopes and it was not uncommon for new mothers to receive a horoscope for their newborn babies when they arrived.
Wain became synonymous with our bookshop in Botton, well-known worldwide for his knowledge of anthroposophical books and his willingness and ability to obtain them for anyone! Wain was able to acknowledge all the love and support that people have sent to him over the last week in hospital and was immensely grateful for this. Wain was a meek and mild gentleman. From the outset, many of us worried about him and his ability to survive the new challenging experience he had decided to embark upon. Wain came to Botswana with a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto, together with a very deep knowledge of astrology.
It was the latter that profoundly influenced his own unique approach to life. When I asked what prompted him to come to Africa, Wain explained that the stars had told him to move to the southern hemisphere. From later conversations, I gathered that he seemed to make many daily decisions based on astrology. Given that until Botswana, he had never developed any life skills to speak of, it was not a surprise for us to learn that, at least for the first few weeks of his life in the country, Wain survived on a steady dose of bananas and jello.
Nevertheless, Wain beat the odds. Not only did he survive in Botswana, he thrived — learning to cook and becoming a much-respected teacher along the way! The stars were truly shining on him. In early , upon learning that Elvira was expecting, Wain encouraged me to make a point of checking my watch the minute our baby was born, and to then let him know the time so that he could construct an astrological chart for our new born. Perhaps one of his first such charts? Box in Francistown. I had made good on my promise to provide Wain with the exact time that Shaun was born, and he made good on his promise to construct an astrological chart.
The chart itself was fascinating, particularly when read many years later. At the turn of this century, after Shaun had already worked with CUSO for two years in Santiago, Chile, we gave him the original copy of the chart. He, and our whole family, were so impressed at how accurately it described the person that our son had come to be! Elvira and I sheepishly admit to being regular readers of the daily horoscopes that are published in the Winnipeg Free Press. While I suspect that he would pooh-pooh these popularized connections to astrology, they often prompt me to think of Wain — his strong commitment to that mysterious world, its impact on his way of thinking and how he lived his life.
In , she retired again and moved to Portugal until when she returned to Canada, making her home in Toronto. Pansy was the first woman President and later an honorary life member of the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Nova Scotia and an honorary life member of the Nova Scotia Association of Municipal Administrators. Pansy was a master bridge player and enjoyed games with her many friends in Toronto, in Nova Scotia at her beloved Martinique Beach cottage, and with others around the world.
There was then an immediate and desperate need for training of persons already in the Treasury Departments of the 13 Councils. Training courses for accountants, in conjunction with the Botswana Training Centre, were 6 months long. In an ordinary course, there might be as many as two dozen different lecturers or panel members. She was busy. A hard-working person was Pansy at all times. Pleasant, cheerful, thoughtful, open to the ideas of others, and at the same time she was a no-nonsense, practical person.
She had the ability to read where a person was at, and what next steps to follow to enable them to become more capable, competent. A fine human being. Shirley Dunford, who arrived in Botswana with Pansy Flemming in October , writes: Pansy was a hard worker and friend to many. After her return to Canada, Neil and I visited with her a few times … once out East, where she lived close to Halifax, and several times when she lived in Toronto with her daughter Corinne. April , Kanye. Zoleka Kowa, Lu's maid of honour, Peter and Lu on their wedding day.
April At the wedding, left to right : John Saxby, Richard Marquardt? Lu, Peter, and Lu's son Thato on their honeymoon in Kasane. In the mids, they returned to Canada to raise a family, and Peter began work with Inter Pares. For the next 30 years Peter worked with anti-poverty organizations, human rights groups and pro-democracy movements in Asia and Africa. He was well-known for his work with the ethnic nationalities of Burma Myanmar and was instrumental in promoting Canadian support of refugees and displaced people from that country.
He walked into remote jungle regions to meet with displaced people and recounted their stories in his writings and in meetings with officials and parliamentarians. Over the years at Inter Pares, Peter brought his passion, courage, talent, and deep commitment to social justice to many issues and struggles around the world. Most notable among these were his years collaborating with civil society organizations in Bangladesh, building movements for food sovereignty, landless rights, and democracy.
In recent years, he was very involved in bringing public attention to the consequences of the massive illegal outflow of resources from developing countries into the global financial system. He relentlessly promoted human rights, raising millions of dollars to support refugees and displaced people. His solidarity with sugar workers in the Philippines contributed to transforming a feudal system and gaining rights to their land.
His work in drawing public and government attention to the consequences of massive capital flight and tax evasion from developing countries into the global financial system. Peter died on May 22, Peter loved to garden, play guitar, read and meet with his book club buddies to debate the issues of the day.
Most of all, he loved to watch his children grow into smart and accomplished young people. With thanks to Peter himself and his beloved Lu. Andy with baby Jessica, What started as an exploration of the world found in him a passion in his work that defined his life.
He was fueled by a deep compassion for those living in poverty in the Third World. From that time on he devoted his energies to providing people with the tools they needed to help themselves to a better life. Andy's time as a volunteer quickly led to his becoming a field staff officer in Tanzania, followed by continuing on with work in CUSO, Ottawa, upon his return to Canada in Upon his return to Canada, he worked at WUSC for several years, during which time we got married in , before starting up his own consulting business: Hamilton International Services. To this end, he was gone so frequently that friends in Arnprior made jokes about whether I even had a husband, this mythical figure who would be mentioned but was rarely present.
Along with the frequent absences, this galavanting all over the world could only mean one thing — that he was a spy!
To those who knew Andy, you'll certainly remember his wicked sense of humour. Until he joined the editorial Board, we had nobody with the professional expertise to write articles linking the people we liked to criticize with the bodily functions of animals. Andy took the newsletter to levels never before plumbed. Andy died on August 15, According to his wishes, he was cremated. There was no formal burial of his ashes. In death, he wanted to do as he lived and keep traveling the world. Friends and family, who were comfortable with the concept and wanted to participate, were invited to take a little bit of Andrew's ashes and scatter them in their travels in a meaningful way to reflect their relationship with him.
He is literally scattered all over this world in too many countries to mention them all. I received ever so many stories about Andy and where and why ashes were distributed in those particular places. It did my heart good. I also had an oak tree planted at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa in his memory. There is a stone with a plaque in front of the tree. Some of his ashes are planted with the tree. How lucky we were to meet one another and work together on important things, and trivial things, and funny things, and to keep renewing those old school ties.
How lucky to have lived and worked in places like Tanzania and Botswana and Kosovo, and to make so many good friends and so many good memories. How lucky we have been to know someone like Andy, a man of great strength, great passion, great dedication and great humour. Died March 1, , Oliver, B.
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Died October 9, age Nap and Lily Himbeault were of particular interest to me as Nap was from Assiniboia, only thirty miles from my home area of Lafleche, Southern Saskatchewan. Nap, then about 58 years old, had been married, raised five children, farmed and done local carpentry and construction projects. Lily, originally from Newfoundland, was a teacher in Winnipeg, where she and Nap met and subsequently married about Nap and Lily "extended" their volunteer time in Tutume and probably spent four years there.
They returned home to Assiniboia for a couple years then went back to Botswana, I believe at the invitation of Dr. Teichler at the hospital in Mochudi. They resided there but travelled to several villages, tending to the maintenance of facilities and equipment at other hospitals.
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They also worked for about a year in Tanzania, in a rural farming area from where they could see Mt. Over their retirement years, they occasionally house-sat for a friend in Osoyoos who would "go south" each winter. They eventually bought a trailer home there, where they enjoyed gardening, receiving many visiting friends, and reminiscing about life in Africa.
In those years, Lily was a very active volunteer in a local thrift store. Nap played in a band and they travelled to neighbouring communities such as Oliver and Penticton where they enjoyed many a song and dance. It was a period of transition when the Botswana Government decided to take over the Tutume Project, which had run into some difficulties. What great people the Himbeaults were! Lily commanded supplies and stores, keeping detailed accounts and a sharp pencil when it came to expenditures. Nap, like many a Saskatchewan farm boy, was just plain all around 'handy'.
He was an excellent carpenter and a master mechanic. I was told that, post Tutume, they were stationed at Mochudi when one day someone mentioned to Nap that there was a donated X-ray machine at the hospital, still in boxes gathering dust. Apparently Nap retrieved the manuals, put the machine together and got it working for them. I don't think anybody in Thompson will hear anything they don't already know," Flanagan posted to the Thompson Citizen's Facebook page. The complete interview with Flanagan can be heard as a podcast on CBC. Flanagan was criticized by the online commenter on our website who writes under the pseudonym "supporttheleader.
Do I understand this was instigated by Ryan Flanagan? He left the city and is now creating more turmoil here. A producer from the CBC called me Tuesday afternoon asking if I'd be willing to talk to them and, sympathizing with a reporter looking to tell a story but needing somebody to tell it and suspecting that quite a few people must have turned them down already for them to be contacting me, I agreed. In the story, Martin, the dean of education reporters in the province, paraphrasing the Legacy Bowes Group job ad on behalf of its client, the School District of Mystery Lake, opens his story with, "Liars should not apply for the principal's job at R.
Parker Collegiate in Thompson. Nor should anyone apply who intends to misrepresent himself or herself or the Mystery Lake School Division. And only apply if you're ready to keep a close eye on your teachers as they interact with 1, students and be ready to fire those teachers if necessary. Asper School of Business, reportedly told Martin. Those don't seem normal," he said. The School District of Mystery Lake has had three superintendents and eight assistant superintendents in just over four years, while R. Parker Collegiate has gone "through three principals and nine vice-principals in that time.
The high school is on its second acting principal since the school board fired Land after earlier taking the extraordinary step of rebuking him in a public session," Martin pointed out. Within 48 hours, As It Happens had decided to pick up the story for its Monday night supper-hour show. As It Happens went on the air in A promo for the show on its CBC website says, " As It Happens gets its stories from "the horse's mouth" - securing interviews with world leaders, rabble-rousers, bingo callers and deposed dictators.
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The show has a soft-spot for "characters" and never turns its nose up at something wild, weird or wacky. And, on the complex and troubling stories of the day, As It Happens searches for greater understanding in the story behind the story. As It Happens is also famous for its listener "Talkback machine" nightly feature where callers can comment on tonight's show in hopes of having their comments air tomorrow night.
Winnipeg corporate headhunters Legacy Bowes Group, a member of the national Waterhouse Executive Search Partners and Manitoba's largest national executive search practice, led by managing partner Paul Croteau, is also conducting the search on behalf on another client, University College of North UCN , to find its next president and vice-chancellor after former president Denise Henning's five-year contract was not renewed and she was shown the door in January.
Croteau is in charge of both high-profile Thompson education searches. Anyone interested in reading the full description of "core competencies" for the R. Land was first removed in a vote and then fired as probationary principal of R. Parker Collegiate earlier this year. Then-chair Rob Pellizzaro, a local lawyer, and then vice-chair Guido Oliveira, along with trustees Vince Nowlin, Alexander Ashton, who is the current chair, and former trustee Valerie Wilson, voted to remove Land, while trustees Leslie Tucker and Sya Gregovski opposed canning him.
The vote was upheld in the same split at a second meeting April 5 where the five-member "Concerned Aboriginal Women's Coalition" - consisting of Jackie Fitzpatrick, Hilda Fitzner, Freda Lepine and Sharon McLeod and Julyda Lagimodiere - appeared as a delegation to refute several of the claims from an anonymous letter distributed earlier supporting Land and also questioned his commitment to aboriginal students, saying no new aboriginal programs or courses had been introduced during his tenure as principal. Land was removed from his post, had his office computer locked out, and was escorted out of the building Feb.
On June 14, trustees voted to fire him - terminating him for cause - as the person ultimately responsible for the changing of marks and the use of inappropriate activities for community service credits at R. Parker, activities which allegedly came to light after he was initially removed in February. Land, who was a member of the Thompson Teachers' Association of the Manitoba Teachers Society, has grieved his firing, and the union has had next to nothing to say publicly about any of the issues since day one.
On Dec. Land worked temporarily for Elections Canada assistant returning officer Lou Morissette here as a training officer looking after all the inland training for the polls for the May 2 federal election. In early April, Land was offered the position of part-time vice-principal of Hapnot Collegiate in Flin Flon, but turned it down to became Vale's manager of corporate affairs for Manitoba Operations May 9.
Overall, who has twice been coaxed out of retirement to come back and serve as both an interim or acting vice-principal, has been at the helm temporarily while the board struggles to find a principal.
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Former principal Kathleen Kelson left the principal's post in January and was moved to the newly-created post of "school district community connector. Rob Watt, a teacher at R. Parker since , replaced Overall as a vice-principal Feb. Warren Hingley was also brought out of retirement to take a vice-principal's job. Both Overall and Hingley returned to their retirements after the academic year. With Land removed from the school as a probationary employee but not yet formally fired, Itson became acting principal Feb.
Parker have four principals. Two assistant superintendents were fired or forced to resign over the last two years. Angelina Pilon, who moved from Ontario to work as assistant superintendent of programs for the School District of Mystery Lake beginning in August , resigned from her position last Dec.
Pilon made a formal written complaint against Hammond on Oct.