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Anne Morawetz — President
Anne’s first exposure to Friends of Honduran Children in the fall of 2012 was with a brigade from Grace United. She enjoyed meeting Mae and the children at Nuevo Paraiso and was struck by the harmony and happiness that existed in the orphanage and the effectiveness of the program at the school for girls, Reyes Irene. Since 1985, Anne and husband Don Bocking have been the owners/directors of Camp Ponacka, a private boys’ camp near Bancroft. She discovered many similarities between summer camp and the Nuevo community. Anne wanted to contribute to FOHC and is currently helping out with marketing and fund raising. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming at Trent U, keeping in touch with her three grown children and practicing her Spanish skills!
Dr. Jim McCallum — Founder
Jim received his DMD from the University of Manitoba and went on to receive his certification as an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon while serving with the Canadian Forces. He retired from the military in 1979 and established a practice in oral surgery in Peterborough, ON. Jim first traveled to Honduras on a medical brigade in 1979, and it was at this time that he first met Sister Maria Rosa and witnessed firsthand the terrifying and tragic conditions that so many Honduran children face every day. Upon his return to Canada, Dr. McCallum, along with his wife Anne, founded Friends of Honduran Children in response to his fervent desire to help Sister Maria Rosa in her tireless efforts. Jim has three daughters, Lorraine, Sandra and Elizabeth. Jim has a dream to grow the children`s village to one day house 500 orphaned and abandoned children.
Anne McCallum — Founder
Anne was raised on a farm in Northern Manitoba and then went on to be a nurse. She worked primarily in pediatrics and was also a nurse with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Anne and her husband Jim began their charitable work in Honduras in 1980 along with their three daughters. Anne has been an active volunteer with the Shape Belgium Schizophrenia Clinic, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and was a foster parent to up to three children at a time from newborn to teenagers. She now volunteers at her church and with the St. Vincent de Paul. Anne received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Peter White — Treasurer
Peter has been involved with FoHC since 2006. Peter is retired from Johnson and Johnson where he held several senior management positions in Finance and Information Technology in both Canada and the US. He has a masters degree in Business Administration, is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Black Belt in Process Excellence. His favourite part of being on the FoHC board is making a difference in the lives of Hundreds of children that are important to him. Peter works closely with the Sociedad Amigos de los Niños management team and enjoys helping them to improve how it delivers services and helping them to improve the sustainability of the organization. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, running, hiking, traveling and volunteering.
Don Bocking — Secretary
I joined the board in 2017 after several trips to Honduras with FoHC. Along with directing Camp Ponacka, a boys’ camp near Bancroft, I have volunteered with the YES shelter in Peterborough. As a retired Social Worker, after 20 years working at Kinark Child and Family Services, I continue to have an interest helping children and youth.
Morris Cox — Board Member
He was raised in Brantford, and moved to Peterborough after attending Ryerson University, and graduating in 1957. He worked at Canadian General Electric for 6 years, before starting a business called Brant Office Supply in the early 1960’s. His wife Helen and he have two sons and one daughter. He has been very interested in organizations such as the Rotary Club of Peterborough (for 35 years), and later on the Friends of Honduran Children. He has visited Honduras on several occasions where he has helped, fund through Rotary, some of the projects at Nuevo Paraiso including installing a water piping system, water drainage system, a new water tower, and improvements to the sewage system. Other projects in the city of Tegucigalpa include delivering hundreds of wheelchairs and other assistive devices such as walkers and canes.
Libby Dalrymple — Board Member
Libby Dalrymple has been involved with FoHC since 2004. She enjoys being involved with a values-based, grassroots organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of the children of Honduras. Libby says she is inspired by the by the level of integrity, commitment, energy and passion that the all of the volunteers bring to this organization and its endeavours. Over her 10 years she says she has witnessed firsthand many positive changes that have taken place in children’s lives. Libby teaches French and Spanish at Lakefield College School and cares deeply about young people and education. She also feels a sense of solidarity with the teachers of Honduras who are working so hard, against all odds, to educate their students and likes the idea of building a bridge between our students and teachers and Honduran students and teachers. In her spare time she can be found cycling, skiing, spending time with family and friends and having adventures with her daughter.
Garry Lister — Board Member
Garry has been involved with FoHC since 2007 and has participated on three building brigades at Nuevo Paraiso. Garry’s wife Noreen, son Greg, & daughter Katie have also been on brigades. Garry says the children of Nuevo steal your heart – those little beings in a country with no safety net. It takes so little to give a child a fighting chance to improve their situation and perhaps that of their country. He is inspired by the dedication of the volunteers, sponsors and donors of FoHC, and the staff & Tias of SAN. Garry is a retired Professional Engineer with working experience in 20 countries with GE. He has enjoyed managing children’s sports teams, serving as Scout leader, school breakfast program volunteer, church Outreach Committee chair, and on the Board of Directors of Telecare Peterborough. He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, biking, travel, cottaging, volunteering, and time with his amazing new grandson, Orion, & family.