- Our Work
Ron is the lead pastor of the College Heights Church in Lacombe, Alberta, and has volunteered since 1998. He has travelled with A Better World three times to Africa, as well as to Belize, Haiti, and Louisiana.
“I volunteer for the privilege of learning from other people and cultures, and to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”
Kelvin is a dentist who has volunteered since 2004, travelling several times to Kenya and Belize and once to Louisiana after the Katrina disaster. He owns the Sylvan Lake Dental Centre, and lives in Lacombe, Alberta.
“I find inspiration from being associated with such a dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to making the world a better place.”
Larry is from Lacombe, AB. He is the Treasurer for ABW’s Board.
Stu has volunteered with A Better World since 2004 and sits on the marketing and communications committee as well. A partner in Advanced Systems in Red Deer, he has been on more than ten trips to various project locations. Stu has been in the oil industry for the past 25 years. He recently retired from his position as VP of Business Development for Parkland Fuel Corporation. He is also a major donor to A Better World, funding several water projects.
“I volunteer with ABW because of the impact we make on communities through our Community Development Model, while maintaining accountability and transparency to our donors.”
Azalea has volunteered with A Better World since 2009 and has travelled twice to Kenya and six times to Afghanistan. She is currently a medical student at the University of Calgary.
“I am passionate about bringing opportunity to girls in Afghanistan. A Better World is making it possible for that dream to be realized.”
Ray and his wife Kelly (pictured above with Ray) live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They have two grown children, Julia and Zachary. Ray’s international travels while volunteering have taken him to humanitarian projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Ray says his most rewarding experiences, while working with humanitarian groups, is seeing the change in ordinary Canadians as they begin to understand people of other cultures. By educating Canadians on how they can make a beneficial difference in the world and then engaging them in community based partnerships, the world will become a better place. When Ray isn’t traveling, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and participating in many outdoor activities, especially fly fishing and boating.