Wayne Myles: Zambia 1980–1981

In the Alumni Flashback photo in The Catalyst, the woman third from left is Elaine Berman; the man second from the right may be Malcolm Peat (deceased 2017).

Rose Strohmaier (formerly Page): Papua New Guinea 1976–1979

I recognize someone in the photo on page 15 of the Autumn 2017 edition of The Catalyst—it’s Elaine Berman. She’s third from left, with short dark hair. Elaine was the Cuso International staff person in the Kingston, Ontario office when I arrived home from Papua New Guinea in 1979. We often worked together on the local committee, interviewing new volunteers, socializing, doing slide presentations.

Elaine Berman: Board Member 1990–1992

This photo from 1987 was taken in India (either in Allahabad or Kolkata) of Cuso International volunteers and myself, the Coordinator of the Kingston Cuso International Office from 1979-1989.

The India project which was proposed by Professor Malcolm Peat (second from the right) who was the Head of the Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy. He was looking for a small-scale prototype to initiate an international project supporting community-based rehabilitation therapy in developing countries. From this Cuso International-supported month-long visit to India, grew the leadership of Malcolm and the physiotherapists and occupational therapists teaching at Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

They promoted ideas related to enabling local people in communities where rehabilitation professionals were not available, to assist disabled members of their community by providing low tech/locally developed mobility aids and local expertise enabling lay people to assist persons with disabilities.
Malcolm and I pitched this idea to Cuso International, who supported it. Unfortunately, Malcolm passed away in January 2017. He would have loved to receive this recognition from Cuso International.

From this initial trip, Malcolm and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy developed many projects throughout the world, including post-war community-based rehabilitation in Bosnia in the 1990s. This trip proved to be the starting point for the Queens’ School of Rehabilitation Therapy focus on community-based rehabilitation, which made a huge impact here at Queen’s and elsewhere in the world.

The photo (left to right) in The Catalyst shows: Dr. Andy Anand, a local surgeon who practiced at Kingston General Hospital and Lennox & Addington Hospital, who had personal contacts in the medical community in India where he was born and educated; Ron Brett, a prosthetist from St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital (who has also passed away); myself, Margaret Jamieson, an occupational therapist and faculty member, now retired; Malcolm Peat; and Marilyn Wright, a physiotherapist who worked with children at Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Lisa ter Woort: Thailand 1991–1993

I am writing about the “Alumni Flashback” photo that you included in the two most recent editions of The Catalyst.

The people in the picture are: (clockwise) top left kind and funny fellow (Cuso International Ottawa), then Ann Philpot (Cuso International Ottawa), Lynn Branchaud (Cuso International Cooperant), Bounlap Pathilath (SUAP Project Coordinator), Denis Boutin (SUAP Project Coordinator), and me, Lisa ter Woort (CUSO Country Representative). Unfortunately, I cannot remember the Cuso International Ottawa fellow’s name, but perhaps Lynn or Alec does. Help me out here, guys!

The Sustainable Upland Agriculture Project was located just outside of Vientiane, Lao PDR and was an “extension and on-farm trial aimed at developing sustainable farming systems for upland areas and participatory extension approaches. Activities included training, networking and establishment of model farms.” This picture was taken around 1994-1996.

This picture brings back a day of lots of laughter and farmers generosity as we visited this demonstration fish pond with Denis and Bounlap, to showcase an activity of the Lao Sustainable Rural Development Program to Ann and her colleague from Cuso International Ottawa. We ate some great salted fish, which was barbecued over open flames, while sitting along the banks of the pond on handmade reed mats and celebrated the occasion with glasses of Lao wine and endless toasts to a bright future ahead! We then all then piled back into the truck to take our long, dusty and bumpy ride home to Vientiane.

Thanks for bringing back a great memory.

Alec Bamford: Former staff, Thailand

Dan Peiser, then head of fund-raising.

And Ann Philpot was really and truly Cuso International Hamilton, though it might have been closed already by then.

My word, the memory does still work.