When I retired, I decided to volunteer with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). I’ve helped an accounting organization in Ukraine; worked with the State Administration of Tax in China; and just finished an assignment with the Tanzania Federation of Cooperatives. Read more...
Georgian helped to prepare me for my future. I remember many of the teachers, using punch cards in our Data Processing class, taking thousands of pages of notes (no such thing as personal computers back then) and burning the midnight oil studying for exams.
Georgian was the place many of us grew up, met our first true loves, learned to take our place in society and so much more. I married Doreen, who was also in the Business Administration program. My program made me eligible for my job with Revenue Canada. I spent the next 34 years working there. I’m a Chartered Professional Accountant.
When I retired, I decided to volunteer with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). CESO receives funding from the Canadian Government, and provide services within Canada and around the world to help communities in need. Being a volunteer allows me to share my knowledge and know how with others and to give back to society just a little of what it has given me.
I’ve helped an accounting organization in Ukraine prepare professional development courses; worked with several Aboriginal communities in Canada; provided support to both the Private Sector Commission and Guyana Revenue Authority in South America; worked with the State Administration of Tax in China; and just finished an assignment in Africa, where I assisted the Tanzania Federation of Cooperatives.
My philosophy is that being retired doesn’t mean you’re no longer of use, it just means you can choose the type of work you do. My advice to Georgian students and graduates is to set aside time to give back to society – and give back even more when retired.
Carpentry students build homes for Habitat
Students in the Carpentry Techniques program at Georgian’s Muskoka Campus will go beyond the classroom this semester to help on a Habitat for Humanity build site in Gravenhurst. They will work on the build site two days a week putting their learning to use. Read more...
Carpentry students build homes for Habitat
Students in the Carpentry Techniques program at Georgian’s Muskoka Campus will go beyond the classroom this semester to help on a Habitat for Humanity build site in Gravenhurst. They will work on the build site two days a week putting their learning to use.
“The hands-on experience students will gain on this build will complement campus learning and boost students’ confidence in their skills,” says Muskoka Campus Manager Bonnie DeWitt. “Georgian is committed to being a catalyst for change, so we’re delighted to do our part to help two local families gain a home.”
Building community partnerships and working in the community is important to Habitat for Humanity and Georgian College. “Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live and this partnership with Georgian College is a step to building more homes, more efficiently,” says Ellen Frood, Chief Executive Officer for Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. “Students receive real life experience on the site and two partner families will receive homes when the build is complete.”
These will be the 19th and 20th Habitat homes built in Muskoka. The homes are not given away but thanks to a unique arrangement with Habitat and its partners, they are sold to the families at fair market value with an interest free mortgage. What makes Habitat’s homes affordable is that the total payments including mortgage and taxes, is 25% of the homeowner’s total income. The families will contribute 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ into their home which is one of the key criteria for participation.
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