Global Challenges: One Family's Response

Wed Feb 12, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Pattersons have spent the majority of their adult lives outside Canada in a variety of exciting service activities.  Their lives have included participating in the invention of a scheme for state wide village development in Maharashtra State, India, 2 different visits with Indira Gandhi, developing a plan in a remote Kenyan community for the control of HIV-AIDS, and walking the streets at night in Kigali, Rwanda, shortly after the genocide in that nation was brought under control.   

 They will share with us some of the adventures that have been part of their lives and the basic values that have provided them direction  over these years.

John Patterson is Co-Director, along with his wife Thea, of Abbey North, Haliburton, a place of deep conversation and action on global issues. John was co-founder along with an Australian and an Indian friend of the Kanbay Group of Companies. Prior to John’s years with Kanbay, the Patterson's were full time staff members of the Institute of Cultural Affairs for some 18 years, serving mainly in India, the UK and on the global oversight team of the ICA.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, a theology degree from Queens Theological College in Kingston, Canada and a Master’s degree from The University of Chicago.  John also successfully completed a year of postgraduate studies at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland).
Thea graduated with a BA from Queens University and an M Education from Michigan State University. In the past two years, John and Thea have been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Trent University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
$10/person. A portion of the proceeds will go to a local non-profit organization in the community 
Fish Hatchery at 6712 Gelert Rd. Haliburton, Ontario.
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