Eight retired Orillia teachers, photographed above, travelled to Panajachel Guatemala in January 2006, just months after Hurricane Stan devastated many parts of the country. While there, they met and became friends of Patti Mort and Sharon Smart-
Once they returned to Orillia, they met and decided to start their own charity. The Government finalized the incorporation late in 2006 and major fund raising events were started. Since then, many significant changes have occurred in Tierra Linda and the Lake Atitlan area thanks to the efforts of Paso Por Paso. The photograph of the 8 original members above includes Catherine Bullen, Marjorie Tomlin, Fayne Bullen, Patricia Pretty, Judith Rapson, Mary Lou Amos, Roger Pretty and David Rapson. Paso Por Paso continues to grow and change as some directors retire and others join.