About Us

 

Adopt A Village In Laos, Charity Registration # 83699 1000 RR0001

We are indeed humbled by the generosity of so many donors and sponsors, allowing us to make a real difference in helping these rural villagers to lead longer, healthier, happier lives. With your support, we have helped over 2700 people last year with schools, clean, filtered water, hygienic toilets and student support.

 

Directors of Adopt A Village in Laos

Since our return from Laos this year, I have been working diligently in strengthening our Board and those abroad.  As such I am pleased to present our Directors of the Board.

Steve Rutledge – President of AAVIL, Rotarian on the International Committee responsible for Asia at Whitby Sunrise Club, recipient of two Port Hope Civic Awards, the most recent in 2011 for Philanthropy, is a recipient of two Paul Harris Awards and The Spirit of Rotary Award.

Steve was co-owner of a medium sized computer firm for 22 years. Since then Steve has served on several boards and committees including the municipal Culture Committee, Skatepark Committee, Capitol Theatre Board, Canadian Spinal Research and others.

Hugh J. Parker, director of AAVIL, serves as chair of the Board of Northumberland Business Development Assistance Corporation, Chair of Port Hope Community Health Centre and Past-President of Community Living – Northumberland West.  Hugh is also an active Rotarian and past president of Port Hope Rotary, and Compensation Officer (Arbitrator) for the Port Hope Area Initiative Property Evaluation Program.

Hugh was educated at Yale University and the University of Western Ontario.  His experience includes 5 years as senior university administrator and 30 years as a lawyer practicing in Port Hope from 1977-1985 followed by 3 years of sole general practice.  He provided legal counsel to the Children’s Aid Society of Northumberland from 1978 and was employed full-time by them in 1988 until 2007 when he retired.

Mr. Parker is Past President of Port Hope Lions Club, Port Hope and District Hospital and the Ganaraska Probus Club.  He also served as a member of the Kinark Child and Family Services provincial Board of Directors and the Port Hope Police Services Board.

Douglas Byers, director of AAVIL, is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise. He served as District Governor for District 7070 in 2009-10.Currently he is district trainer and sits on the membership committee,chairs Interact and Earlyact and is a member of the planning committees for the District Conferences for 2012 and 2013. He will chair the Family Council for Hillsdale Terraces a long term care facility in Oshawa.

Mr. Byers is a former teacher, principal and administrative officer for the Durham District School Board.  He holds a BA in Art History from Carleton University and a MED in Supervision and Administration from Niagara University.  He also has a Visual Arts Specialist and Principal’s Qualifications.

Linda Goldie, B.A. (Psych), M.S.W., director of AAVIL, Rotarian and Past President of the Northumberland Sunrise Club, sits of the Port Hope United Church Ministry and Personnel Committee, member of Port Hope ACO Garden Tour Committee, Chair of the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, Five Counties Children’s Chair, and Chair of the Board of Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre.

Linda has also served on many other Boards, Committees and Children’s Aid Societies including Board of Directors for Northumberland Big Sisters, Children’s Case Co-ordination of Northumberland County and the Hastings, Prince Edward and Northumberland Branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses, Advisory Committee of Kinark Child and Family Services, Advisory Committee  for the Northumberland Emergency Response Program for Youth and many others.

Barry Mount CLU, director of AAVIL, serves as President and is a founding partner of Hardiman, Mount and Associates, established in 1984.  He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and has served as Director, Treasurer, Vice-President and President, in addition to serving on various committees.  Barry has also serviced as Committee Chair, Director, President and Chairman of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, a director and chairman of Lakeridge Health and served as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force for physician recruitment in Whitby. As a strong supporter of the community, Mr. Mount has served in various community activities including soccer coach for 13 years, 10 years as a Scout leader and 3 years as vice chair, and board member of the Henry Street High School Business Council.

Barry is past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan Agents Advisory Committee and current member of RWAM’s Insurance Administrators Inc. agents advisory council.  He also served as a Director for the Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation for two, three year terms ending January 2012.

Karen  Sharpe, secretary and director of AAVIL, is a member of Council in her home community of Quinte West.  Karen was the first female Rotarian admitted to the Rotary Club of Lindsay in 1993.  Karen has worked in Municipal Government serving many communities, including; Belleville, Peterborough, Markham, Lindsay, Quinte West and Port Hope over a period of 34 plus years.

Karen holds a BA from Queens University, a Recreation Diploma from Fleming College, the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional and has Certification in Mediation.

Abroad, I have assigned Mr. Siphan Phanthavong as our head co-ordinator during the absence of a director.  Mr. Phanthavong is a college graduate from Luang Prabang (sponsored during his final college years by AAVIL) and is now employed by us.

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