I lived in Winnipeg most of my life. As a youth I enjoyed the opportunities offered by the Scout movement. When my children grew, they were introduced to Scouting. I was asked to assist as a leader and was a troop scouter and adult trainer with Scouts for 25 years. The concept of ‘helping others’ and ‘leaving anywhere you visit a better place’ is ingrained in the Scout movement.
My years with the University of Winnipeg provided a variety of experience. On of those experiences was being involved in a C.I.D.A. project in Egypt. There I learned that in spite of large cultural differences we are the same at heart and wish the same things for our families and friends – a chance to live in peace with others.
When I retired to Gimli in 2000, Rotary provided an opportunity to express my belief that we are not fulfilling our duties as citizens unless we are contributing to our community. I could not have found a better fit. I enjoy working on local projects and have a strong interest in international service and its effect on world peace. My term as Governor for District 5550 affirmed that the way to peace is through understanding, fellowship and giving a hand up to those struggling to overcome poverty and disease.