The board of Another Brick in Nepal ins made up of a group of like-minded people living on Vancouver Island. Learn more about us below!
2017 marks the 20th year that I have been in the masonry business here in Victoria. In 2005 I was gifted with the opportunity to spend 2 months in Honduras, volunteering to construct a post-disaster school for impoverished girls. The experience of working with many local Hondurans, along side an amazing team of volunteers from Vancouver Island was a life-changing event for me.
A colour, centre bi-fold picture in the April 26th, 2015, Globe and Mail is best described as having “hit me like a ton of bricks”. I’ve moved and laid a lot of bricks during my career, however nothing prior to this photo has called out to me in such a powerful way.
On that day there was no way for me to know that picture would change my life. I pinned it to a bulletin board at my office and looked at it every day as its message became apparent. I approached my friend, Randy, whom I knew had been to Nepal a couple of times and told him my idea. I wanted to reach out and see if I could find a way to help the people of Nepal after this devastating earthquake. Another earthquake hit around this time, and Randy was immediately in.
I am being shown that our excitement is contagious. The learning curve is steep, the hurdles are at times frustrating, the patience required to start a non-profit from scratch sometimes eludes me. While I may not speak Nepali, I do understand the universally recognized form of communication in its infinitely beautiful form – “a child’s smile”. This is our goal, this is our calling, at Another Brick in Nepal we choose to communicate with smiles and we are blessed to have this opportunity to make a difference.
I am born and raised on Vancouver Island and grew up hiking so it was a natural fit to want to help out in the rural mountains of Nepal after the earthquake in 2015. My education is in broadcasting and video editing so I am very excited to be doing this for Another Brick in Nepal. My goal is to make a video every three weeks to be posted on our website. These videos will range from introducing you to the Another Brick in Nepal board to updates on where we are with our fundraising and the progress to build the school. I was fortunate to visit the Nuwakot region of Nepal in October 2016 and see the earthquake devastation firsthand. I met the people who live in the village where we will be building and cannot wait to go back when we build the school.
I am born and raised on Vancouver Island and am just recently retired from a thirty-five year career working for a school district as a resource coordinator. I have enjoyed a life long passion for the outdoors including canoeing, hiking and mountain climbing. I was fascinated with Mt Everest from an early age and later developed a passion for Nepal and the people of Nepal. My interest was intensified in 2011 when I trekked to Everest Base Camp with an American adventure tour company. To have experienced Katmandu and especially the small Sherpa villages between Lukla and Everest made me sure it would not be long before I returned. I did return one more time in 2013 and visited Pokhara and the Annapurna area. It was shortly after the major earthquake in April of 2015 that I retired and coincidentally Rob approached me with the idea of helping rebuild post earthquake. It was a case of the door of my work life closing and another one opening providing me an opportunity to help out in Nepal, the place of my dreams, unrestrictedly.
I grew up in the UK and moved to Canada around 15 years ago. Since moving to Canada I have been lucky enough to be involved in various charitable endeavours, though none quite on the scale of what we aim to achieve with ABIN. Whilst working for TELUS I was the head of the social committee for our office and was able to raise money, and get a lot of volunteer hours in to help support our local community in Montreal. This gave me a passion for supporting people and giving opportunity to those who haven’t been as lucky as I have. After working with Wounded Warrior last year I really saw the difference my time and energy could make, and knew it was time to seek out something that would be more involved. Rob’s passion and energy for rebuilding schools in Nepal is nothing if not contagious, after hearing about the plan I was so happy to be able to be part of giving these children back the chance to learn.