Imagine Ethiopia 2010 Team Profiles

Imagine Ethiopia 2010

Profiles of the Team

Molly McCullough

Molly McCullough

Who am I?

Among other things, I am a comparative literature student at the University of Western Ontario, an avid reader, a runner, a photographer, a music lover, and an explorer.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

Children are incredibly inspiring to me. They are living, breathing possibilities waiting for an outlet for expression. Giving children in Ethiopia a chance at having an education is an opportunity to let those possibilities flourish to create a new and promising future for Ethiopia.

The journey to Ethiopia is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to experience what life is like in a developing country. It is a journey of spiritual growth that I am lucky enough to share with my Dad, Jonathan McCullough, who continually inspires me to be unreasonable and create possibilities wherever I can.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

Through this trip, I am creating the possibility for myself to become a strong, independent, and creative leader in my local and global community.

imagine1day...

All children have equal opportunity to express their ideas, be unreasonable, and create possibilities for their own life.

Ioana Stoica

Ioana Stoica

Who am I?

I am Ioana Stoica. I was born in Romania and I have lived in Canada for the past 14 years. My passions in life range from love for animals, to continuously learning new things, to traveling the world, and so much more in between. I am committed to living each day in a way that enables me to get closer to reaching my greatest potential as an individual.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

It's the opportunity of a lifetime to spend time with outstanding and inspiring individuals making a tremendous difference in the world. Imagine Ethiopia 2010 creates a space for me to dig deeper and be part of the bigger picture.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility of igniting a change that will forever connect communities in Ethiopia with those in Canada, and thereby elevating all to greatness through love and compassion.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired when I travel the far-reaching corners of the world and have the opportunity to interact with locals and immerse myself in new cultures.

imagine1day...

when wages in Africa are comparable to the ones in Canada and corruption is obsolete.

Jonathan Danaitis

Jonathan Danaitis

Who am I?

I am Jonathan Danaitis, a very optimistic and outgoing person. My passion is people and i love seeing individuals attain their goals. A big part of my life is being one with nature and animals and i achieve this through meditation.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

It's a great opportunity to help create better living for a developing country and experience first hand their way of life.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

By living and breathing my goal to raise money for Ethiopia, I am creating the possibility for others to make a difference in the world.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired when others around me are reaching their greatest potential.

imagine1day...

when everyone in the world is more focused on the "we" than the "I".

Sarah Macdougall

Sarah MacDougall

Who am I?

I am Sarah MacDougall, originally from Glasgow Scotland and have been living in Toronto since the summer of 2003. Canada is now home. I am a mother of Caline (13) and Zaven (12) who are half Lebanese and were born and brought up in Beirut. I am the co-founder and CEO of donorworx, a fundraising consultancy and share it with my best friend and love of my life, David Tweedale. I am also a certified personal trainer, have just caught the running bug and started training for the Toronto Half Marathon this year. I never sit still, except when beading or at the theatre, two of my other great passions.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I have a burning need to do more, to interact with the communities that I represent when doing my job every day and I was drawn to be part of the extraordinary group of individuals participating in the Imagine Ethiopia 2010 trip.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I want to create the possibility of providing a voice for the children of Ethiopia by meeting them, and understanding their needs and in doing so I will fulfill my need to take on more of my global mother responsibilities.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired when I witness random acts of kindness, when people act selflessly and do not look to be thanked.

imagine1day...

when no child goes to bed hungry, or must work instead of going to school. Imagine 1 day when all children are granted the same opportunities in life. imagine1day being part of that solution.

Tracey Charette

Tracey Charette

Who am I?

I am the talented and talkative TLC. By day, I work at the University of British Columbia on a fundraising team, by night, I work at the Vancouver Community College teaching English to Canadian immigrants and in between I enjoy as many fun activities as I can with an awesome community of family and friends. Like Doug, one of the other participants of Imagine Ethiopia 2010, my birthday is also October 10, and thus 10-10-10 is going to be a big year for me! My wise parents graced me with my very cool initials and as one of the most sensitive people I know, I can attest that I exude tenderness, love and care (I am a bit of a softy!).

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I have always imagined going to Africa and this is the ideal opportunity! Firstly I am going on a trip with one of my closest friends, to see and experience the projects she and her team are realizing in Ethiopia. Secondly, I am grateful to be able to visit local communities, meet Ethiopian people and learn about their life and culture through them - this is a true privilege ! Finally, I feel fortunate to be joining such an inspired group of people who are all committed to achieving education for everyone in Ethiopia. The virtues of education are undeniable and I am thrilled to be part of Imagine Ethiopia 2010.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility of change! Not the pennies and nickels kind - the big stuff!

When am I most inspired?

I am inspired when I impact other people's lives in a positive way (I should really get over myself), when Canadians win Olympic gold medals (still on a high here in Vancouver), when I draw a crowd at the local karoke bar (actually happened once!), when I am in the bubble bath (great ideas are spawned here), when I mismatch my socks on purpose (I like to make statements), when I find old treasures at thrift stores (like macrame), when I listen to music (and sing along), when I learn new vocabulary (and then use it a sentence), when I am surrounded by mother nature (except bears and jellyfish), and when I make big decisions (not always a fast process for me)!

imagine1day...

when economic disparity is a rarity.

Claudine Lee

Claudine Lee

Who am I?

I am Claudine Lee. I live in Austin, Texas. I have always loved traveling and experiencing other countries and cultures. I now look forward to sharing these experiences with my two children. I also enjoy running, reading, hiking and skiing.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I have traveled in developing countries and have seen the level of poverty that can exist. I have always been touched by the kindness and warmth of the people. I believe that everyone should have access to education, which gives them a way out of poverty and hope for a better future.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility of learning how to best support people in developing countries.

When am I most inspired?

Seeing individuals making a difference in the world.

imagine1day...

when we are able to look at someone anywhere in the world and see an image of ourselves.

 

Larissa Norton

Larissa Norton

Who am I?

Hmm... Where to start? First off my name is Larissa Norton, and I love living life doing what I absolutely love. And what do I love? Anything that makes me get this crazy indescribable feeling that makes me so incredibly excited and happy; I feel like I am going to burst with energy. It's kind of hard to explain. Let's just say I am a very passionate person. A few of my passions that I live on a daily basis are equestrian showjumping, fitness, the outdoors, and spending quality time with my friends and family. I just love to live life and have fun!

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

After the first Free Flow I attended, I got that crazy indescribable feeling I was talking about. I am so inspired by Imagine One Day and all the amazing people that are working together to make a positive change in Ethiopia. It's going to be so incredible being a part of bringing this positive energy to Ethiopia and making a great contribution to their community.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility to continue to grow as a person, and be able to watch and help others develop as well.

When am I most inspired?

Witnessing others doing AWESOME things with their lives.

imagine1day...

When people aren't scared to live the life they love and have the confidence to break down the walls of "the impossible".

Jeremy Kwong-Law

Jeremy Kwong-Law

Who am I?

I am Jeremy Kwong-Law, I am 25, live in Sydney, and when I figure out the rest, I'll let you know...

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I have always wanted to participate in development programs in Africa, and I decided that 2010 was the year that I make it a reality. Being a strong believer that education is a human right, this amazing opportunity just makes so much sense!

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

The opportunity to see, experience and scratch the surface of another way of life.

When am I most inspired?

When a team works for each other, and the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts.

imagine1day...

when there is no distinction between 1st and 3rd world.

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Jon McCullough

Who am I?

I am Jonathan McCullough, husband, father, lawyer and a proud member of imagine1day's board of directors.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

The opportunity to meet our program team and see our schools and students firsthand in the company of some amazing people. To climb mountains and see parts of a country that few people are ever privileged to see. To share the experience with my daughter, Molly.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

To understand life in Tigray, what we are doing and how we can do better and more as an organization.

When am I most inspired?

When I see people putting the interests of others before their own.

imagine1day...

graduates of our schools lead Ethiopia into a new era of peace, health and prosperity.

Doug Millard

Doug Millard

Who am I?

I'm Doug Millard, a resident of Iroquois, Ontario, Canada on the beautiful St. Lawrence River. I have three grown kids, all of whom are avid life adventurers and creatributors. I work as a computer network administrator, eat a mainly vegetarian diet and run between four and five kilometers most days. I'm a firm believer that age is just a number.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I feel that 2010 is a special year in my life (numerology, I guess -- my birthday is October 10th) and what better time to get involved with a great project that facilitates education for Ethiopia's children and to connect with the team that is making it happen!

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I'm creating the possibility of learning, exploring, experiencing, and using this trip as a jumping-off point that launches me into the humanitarian work that I've talked about doing for a long time.

When am I most inspired?

I'm most inspired when I'm giving of myself to create a better situation for others. My true heroes are rescue and support people who work tirelessly in crisis-stricken areas of the world, restoring hope and order to chaotic situations.

imagine1day...

when the world's resources can be shared more equitably.

Hunter Conrad

Hunter Conrad

Who am I?

I am Hunter Conrad. I live in Santa Monica, California and attend Santa Monica High School. I am the captain of the JV girl's soccer team and enjoy playing soccer on a daily basis. I also enjoy surfing and swimming. I am going to Argentina in a month on an exchange program to hopefully become fluent in Spanish and learn about a new culture.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I want to go with imagine1day because I like the idea behind creatribution and how we are giving back to communities in Ethiopia.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility of seeing a new place, meeting new people, and helping change the world. I am excited about this trip because I am able to work with people with the same ambitions and ideals to help change a community.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired when I am working with people on a collective idea that can create change.

imagine1day...

when diplomacy is favored over war.

Lacey Norton

Lacey Norton

Who am I?

A great many of things...consisting of but not limited to: creator, leader, developer, lover, writer, self proclaimed artist, creatributor, runner, yogi, learner, sweetspot session jammer...ask me tomorrow and the list may be different...

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

This is a trip I am meant to take - I have always known it! I am also beyond excited to connect with the incredible team that makes it all happen and experience firsthand how all of the efforts that are taking place in North America are materialising in Ethiopia.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

Openness, leadership, development, contribution and fun!

When am I most inspired?

I am creating... when I am in the presence of creativity...the absolute unexpected becomes reality...i am present to acts of courage...i encounter those who defy the status quo...when I am inspired is constant flux....

imagine1day...

A world filled with connected love and contribution.

C.J. Conrad

C.J. Conrad

Who am I?

I am C.J. Conrad. I am from Santa Monica, California. I am in 8th grade at Lincoln Middle School. I like reptiles and fishing. I am hoping to breed reptiles next year. I like to go up to the mountains and snowboard. I also like to wake up early and go for a morning surf. I like to eat oranges and clementines.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

I want to go to Ethiopia in 2010 because I want to see the kids who live there and what their life is like compared to the kids who live in Santa Monica. I want to help the people have a better next generation so they can live better. Also, I want to see snakes in Ethiopia.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating a possibility so that I can go around the world and see things I've never seen and help to make a difference in the world, especially in countries that experience a lot of poverty. For this trip, I am going to hang out with the kids and help make them feel good and more comfortable.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired when I see the commercials for the kids in Africa and I've always wanted to go there to help out. I am also inspired when I am exploring and wondering what else is out there in the world.

imagine1day...

when I've helped Africa not have AIDS anymore. There is no AIDS existing in Africa.

Adam Millard

Adam Millard

Who am I?

I am an Assistant Manager/Rump Shaker/Day Maker at lululemon athletica's original Kitsilano location in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I am also a member of imagine1day's trib and work extensively to spread i1d's profile and community initiatives to people all over the world. I am passionate about creating possibility and prize myself as a member of the freeflow community that is all about the movement of creatribution.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

The opportunity of a lifetime; a dream come true. I'm so excited to see it all for real and to explore it with such a rad crew of individuals.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility of creative leadership.

When am I most inspired?

When I am working with individuals and teams in generating possibility, opportunity, and specific goals. I love ideas.

imagine1day...

when business creates endowment that empowers 100% contribution of profits.

Chelsea Wheeler

Chelsea Wheeler

Who am I?

I am Chelsea Wheeler.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

Imagine Ethiopia 2010 to me is the most amazing opportunity to help others, learn from the beautiful people on the trip with me, and experience, explore, and be educated by Ethiopia and its people.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

The possibility I am creating for myself and this trip is the possibility of connectedness and exploration.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired after a grounding and energizing Anusara yoga class or while sitting about in the ocean peacefully on my surfboard.

imagine1day...

was actioned from the goals of a few outstanding individuals fearlessly sharing their goals to help others.

Chloe Gow-Jarrett

Chloe Gow-Jarrett

Who am I?

I am a lifelong learner, a passionate people developer, an interested listener and a devoted creator of positive experience.

Why Imagine Ethiopia 2010?

Imagine Ethiopia 2010 is the chance of a lifetime! A creatribution that develops myself, Ethiopia and the community I’m working in is an incredible opportunity to learn how I can make a difference.

What possibility am I creating for myself and for this trip?

I am creating the possibility of courageous, generous leadership.

When am I most inspired?

I am most inspired when collaborating to create an experience that develops people.

imagine1day...

when people see that through personal responsibility they can do anything they want!

Your Leaders in Creatribution

Shannon Wilson is a mom, designer and imagine1day Director. She is passionate about providing quality primary education to children in Ethiopia. She is committed to all participants on this trip connecting to our communities and team in Ethiopia in a meaningful way that makes an impact.

Sapna Dayal, imagine1day's Executive Director is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to find their unique contribution to this journey and to this incredible world. She brings to the trip an intimate connection to imagine1day's Ethiopian team and the communities they work with. 

Majka Burhardt is a writer, climber and guide, as well as author of Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa. All her work is directed toward the point at which adventure and culture brings her a unique blend of outdoor expedition knowledge, African exploration, and human-based consciousness to the Imagine Ethiopia 2010 team.

Susanne Conrad is a mother of four and a Transitions Advisor to corporations and individuals. Her unique sense of humor, perspective and love of people contribute to any retreat she leads. Susanne is currently the Director of Possibility for lululemon athletica, the creator of The Conrad Method, and she holds a Brown Belt in Nia.

 

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