What is your role or relationship with CESO?
How long have you been working or volunteering with CESO?
Since June, 2007
What motivates you to work or volunteer with CESO?
I had always planned to do more volunteer work when I retired. Friends who belonged to CESO explained the work CESO did and I was immediately drawn to join as it fit my love of other cultures and of travelling around the world. I also knew it would bring more meaning to my retired life as I would be keeping busy while helping people in need.
What is your most remarkable experience or memory of CESO?
Although I have only been able to carry out only five international assignments and do some minor work on the Aboriginal side, I have also contributed as a volunteer recruiter for over eight years. The latter is my most remarkable experience, as I managed to work two full days every week for those years, and I was in constant touch with other recruiters, Volunteer Advisors and CESO staff with the same drive to help others. This was probably the most rewarding work experience of my life.
Economic development is important because…
We too easily forget how a little help with economic development education can have enormous results in developing countries. Education is the missing link for prosperity and the Volunteer Advisors can provide it.
What advice would you give other Volunteer Advisors?
Stop worrying about whether you can do that first assignment. Remember we are dealing with people who need all the help they can get, and their expectations are not the same as in Canada. When you have done that first assignment, you will be eager to sign up for more. Put up with some inconveniences by remembering the valuable help you can provide.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Hopefully the critical work interviewers carry out is not forgotten when thinking about what the VAs do.