Judith Rapson, top right with daughter Kate and grand-daughter Jess, retired from Park Street Collegiate where she taught English. She was in Panajachel several times prior to Hurricane Stan in 2005. She helped to found Paso Por Paso in 2006 due to her love of the area and the desperate need of the very poor Guatemalan people. She co-ordinates the micro loan projects with Wendy Goodearle.

Marjorie Tomlin, top middle, is another founding member who travelled to Panajachel in 2006 and in 2011 and 2016. She is also a retired Park Street teacher. Marj is in charge of the plant sale each spring and helps with the sale of Guatemalan items at Paso’s various events.

Jim Hanwell, top right, joined the Paso Board in 2016. Jim was a Probation Parole Officer/Youth worker for 35 years. He has been the President of the Washago Lions club for the last 5 terms.

Jim was inspired by the Paso program and a recent trip to Guatemala where he met with sponsored students and their families, visited the Tierra Linda school and micro loan recipients. Jim helps with the Community Liaison committee.

Wendy Goodearle, bottom left, joined the Board in 2013 and assists with the micro loan projects and helps out with other events as needed. Wendy is a retired teacher and once taught at Park Street Collegiate. She has travelled extensively and enjoys spending February in Panajachel helping out with Paso activities there.

Linda McDowell, bottom right, recently retired as a union representative following a career as a Residential Counsellor at the Huronia Regional Cantre. She served on the Board of the Canada Maya Scholarship committee prior to joining the Paso Board in 2013. Linda is involved with the Scholarship committee and also helps with fund raising activities, particularly the sale of Guatemalan items at the Coldwater Canadiana Museum.

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