Winter Newsletter (Issue 3)

Jan 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Newsletters

Happy New Year!

We’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year. All the best for 2009 – Dale and I hope all your dreams for the year come true!

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If you did, chances are you were thinking about your money, especially in these worrisome economic times. As you can imagine, we at the Africa Village Project Association think a lot about money too. In fact, we are too small and too new to get grants, government funding, or corporate sponsorship. Instead, all of our funds come from people like you – individual donors who with your generous hearts have allowed us to pursue our dream of helping a small village in Africa on the other side of the world.

So we’d like to dedicate this first newsletter of 2009 to you – the donors and contributors to the Africa Village Project Association – and to thank you very, very much from the bottom of our hearts. It’s thanks to you that we have been able to do what we have done so far. In the spirit of the New Year, please lift a glass to yourself and accept our very deepest gratitude.

(Please note that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information. We sincerely apologize for any errors and/or omissions and ask that you send corrections to

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The Board of Directors

First, Dale and I would like to thank our loyal and supportive Board of Directors. To Charleen McBeath, Robert Trowhill and Valerie Neil, we are beyond grateful.

A special thanks as well to Sarah Neil, whose faithful attendance at the Board meetings and whose contributions, especially on those picky financial statements, are very much appreciated.

The shipping container

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to send a 20-foot container to Okaseni with 34 bikes, 14 sewing machines, medical supplies, and over 70 boxes of children’s books, school and teaching supplies, toys, backpacks, etc. These donations will make a profound difference to the present day life of the village and to future possibilities.

Our thanks to everyone who donated goods, helped at the drop-off points, transported stuff, packed the container and/or stored stuff:

Adelaide Lee, Alan Stewart, Alison Markin, Annabelle Addems, Anne Houseman, Ashley Laughlin, Brenda Mason, Brian Thom, Bryce Hamade, Catherine Hyska, Catherine Ryan, Charleen McBeath, Chris Golding, Cindy Macintosh, Connie Van Essen, Cynthia van Ginkel, Chris Voong, Dwayne Finlayson, Donna Mitchell, Diane von Paridon, Ed Reid, Elena Mikheeva, Liz Gray, Ellen Wasan, Erika Crema, Erin Ruggeri, Giti Abouhamzeh, Glen Magel, Gretchen Quiring, Gurjit Bains, Jim Fyfe, Jane Bateman, Jasna Stevic, Jenica Calvert, Jean Karlinski, Jimmy Lowe, Joyce Davidson, Judy Dahl, Kalwinder Randhawa, Kara Horsman, Kimberly Seward, Kristijana Obradovic, Leslie Fairbairn, Leslie Graham, Linda Scott, Lonna To, Lori Burrows, Louise Rimanic, Louise Routledge, Lucy Hawkins, Lynda Hadley, Lynn Stewart, Mari Komatsu, Martin Bollo, Mei Young, Melanie Alatise, Mary Filippeli, Michelle Meyrink, Myron Kuzych, Nelson Tan, Pam Miller, Patricia Cumming, Patricia Sackville, Paul Thurston, Pui Lam, Ramona Thomas, Ranita Sharma, Reana Selody Joubert, Rhys McCormick, Robert Trowhill, Roger Bortignon, Ryan D Jackson, Ser Khee Lee, Sergio Jorquera, Shebia Leung, Silvia Raschke, Stacey Schoffer, Sukhjit Dosanjh, Susan Geddes, Ted Benson, Teresa Plowright, Terry Fuller, Terry Johnston, Terry Suen

We’d also like to send a very special thanks to Tunde Alatise, who organized the shipping for us, packed the container, and donated goods, including many large toys and other equipment for the kids.

The Bowen Island fundraiser

On Sunday, June 6, 2008, we held an auction fundraiser on Bowen Island. The enthusiasm and support that we received were incredible and resulted in total funds raised of $2002.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to this fundraiser by donating and/or bidding for items in the auction; donating delicious baked goodies, door prizes, coffee and tea; helping set up and tear down the event; staffing the booths and auction; and running the auction itself:

Ann King, Barbara Acheson, Basil Hii, Bowen Island Butcher Shop, Bowen Island Flower Shop, Brenda Mason, Carson Chiropractic, Cates Hill Chapel, Cates Pharmacy, Charleen McBeath, Cocoa West, Dale Hamilton, Deborah Bramm, Diane Charette, Diane Van Paridon, Doc Morgan’s Restaurant and Pub, Doug Leishman, Karolina, Leah Ford and Rae Washburn, Leslie Fairbairn, Louise Ferguson, Louise Routledge, Mari Komatsu, Matthew Smith, Michelle Meyrink, naked soapworks, Patricia Sackville, Phoenix on Bowen, Robert Trowhill, Sarah Hayes, Sarah Neil, Simply Safari Store, Snug Café, Stephen Kiraly, Susanne Martin, Teresa Plowright, Valerie Neil, Victor Chan

A special thanks to Shelagh McKinnon, auctioneer extraordinaire, who ran the auction and inspired such an enthusiastic response.

Publicity and event booking

Thanks to everyone who helped us with publicity, booking rooms, etc., for the events.

Alison Markin, Chris Voong, Erin Ruggeri, Ian Morton, Julie Andrés, Kathleen Benjamin, Kelly Angelo, Leslie Graham, Louise Ferguson, Susanne Martin, Thomas Abbuhl

The President

We’d like to send a big thank you to Dr. Don Wright, new President of BCIT, who kindly responded to my letter in the midst of his busy first months on the job. His phone call and kind words about the Project were very much appreciated.


Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to the Africa Village Project:

Kilimanjaro ($5,000 +)

Dale Hamilton and Sheena Ashdown

Tanzania ($1,000 +)

Valerie Baddorf

Moshi ($500 +)

Gail Meredith

Uru ($200 +)

Charleen McBeath and Robert Trowhill

Michael and Maralyn Otte

Sally Scott

Okaseni (under $200)

Chuck Easton

Cynthia Lanyon

Eric Hiob

Izabela Moldovan

Lisa MacIntosh

Louise Routledge

Marcus Dunner

Monica Derkovits

Pat Myers

Peter and Irene James

Petr Zvonicek

Robert and Janice Tomich

Shahla Moodad

Stuart and Noreen Allan

Book and bake sale – and thanks!

The Book and Bake sale at BCIT is set for Thursday, February 12. We need your books, DVD, CDs, and baked goodies – and you!! Please email me at

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to donate stuff and/or volunteer on the day.

Thank you so much (as always) for your support of the Africa Village Project Association. To donate, please see below. Your help is brilliant!


Sheena Ashdown

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