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 with the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, 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.  In 2016 Steve was awarded the Family and Community Award by the Rotary Club of Courtice.  In June 2020, Mr. Rutledge was awarded the Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award from the Rotary District 7070.

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.

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.

Faye Langmaid, Secretary of AAVIL, is a senior manager at the Municipality of Clarington. Faye and her husband Paul have hosted seven Rotary students. Faye has worked in Municipal Government serving many communities, including; Vancouver, Saskatoon, Windsor and Clarington over many years.

Faye holds a BLA from University of Toronto and a MPA from Queens University, Faye is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Faye has served on several boards and committees including the municipal Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee, Ontario Parks Foundation, Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation and others.

Abroad, we have assigned Mr. Siphan Phanthavong as our head co-ordinator in Laos.  Mr. Phanthavong is a college graduate from Luang Prabang and is now employed by the organization to perform translations services, planning, hygiene training, negotiations for labour, materials and transportation, assistance in community assessments, delivery coordination, project oversight and so much more.