After a number of trips, both pleasure and work-related, I have decided to subject some of my dearest friends and colleagues to my thoughts during my CCA Study Mission to Uganda, November 21st to December 5th, 2012.
I owe a great deal of gratitude to my partner in life, Craig Hanson, for supporting me without question as my job as Public Engagement Coordinator for the Canadian Co-operative Association has taken me to Indonesia, Costa Rica, the Philippines and Nicaragua, and now to Uganda. It is not by coincidence that these trips fall when they do. Enticing Canadian co-operators to travel abroad and assist in building a better world in our short day/long night months is much easier than it is in July…..go figure. On more than one occasion, Craig has been storm stayed with our two amazing daughters, Jasmine and Julia, hunkered down playing a board games or watching t.v. until the buses start running again. In fact, as I type this, I am waiting out a 10 hour delay at the Calgary airport, returning from a work trip to Vancouver, while the family is watching an episode of the Big Bang Theory. In short, thank you honey for your unwavering support.
As lead up to our departure on the 21st, I hope to share with you small facts about Uganda to help paint a backdrop for the adventure ahead. And, while in Uganda, when we have access to internet, I plan to share with you the magic of Uganda, its people, their culture, and their relentless quest for building a better world through working with others.