World Kids Voyage is an Educational Outreach Program bringing world's children closer together
1. To foster sister-school relationships around the world by creating a cross-cultural dialog of ideas and friendship with schools in other nations
2. To help break down multi-cultural barriers in the classroom. Students will learn first-hand that their classmates everywhere share similar hopes and dreams.
4. To assist young students in making important decisions that will enhance their future of their global community.
5. To recognize specific students with special needs-either medical or personal- that can be assisted through their
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO TAKE ON SUCH A LARGE PROJECT?
I'm a firm believer that they all have the ability to turn dreams into reality through a process I call "visual engineering". If one has a dream, all things are possible. In my previous travels around the world I met many inspiring young people who share the same hopes and aspirations. Simple basic tools can make a big difference in the lives of many. I believe by working together they can do this most effectively by using myself and my small boat as a conduit for the next generation of young adults the world over.
Perhaps this small step by an individual can bring the inhabitants of their "global village" a little closer to understanding and peace. It's sort of like being a messenger able to penetrate the language barriers and other obstacles to communication on a one-to-one basis--through the wondrous new technology of the computer and the internet, as well as care packages and friendship letters. Everyone deserves a bright and happy future. To me this seems like the best way I can shine light on the path I have chosen.
HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?
Other than English, I have a basic background in French (my Father is from Quebec). I can also get by quite comfortably in Spanish. My philosophy is that if the tongue fails, the heart will always speak up.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON DOING ONCE THE CIRCUMNAVIGATION IS COMPLETE?
I hope to return to the countries where "World Kids" has visited (perhaps by boat, perhaps not), to build schools on behalf of the kindred spirits that have become such a special part of the mission. Second to that-Fishing!
WHY DID YOU PAINT YOUR SHIP RED?
Red represents victory and honor. I painted Chickadee red for all the hard work, sweat, and tears that went into building her.
WHY DID YOU NAME YOUR SHIP CHICKADEE?
Chickadees are small, personable, hardy birds. Upon construction of the boat in Cranbrook, British Columbia at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, flocks of these harmonious birds would land on the hull,
sing, and leave their mark!
WHERE AND WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO SAIL?
I'm still learning. However, sailing across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Africa in 1988, at age 24 allowed me to get my feet wet!
DO YOU ALWAYS SAIL ALONE?
As gregarious and extroverted as I am, yes, I do sail Chickadee singlehanded. Sunrises and sunsets are not quite the same when there is no one to share them with and storms are hard on the nerves. However,Chickadee and I work well together and I am determined to complete the voyage solo. Once in port I am busy working with team players delivering the Friendship Boxes and bridging schools.
HOW MUCH FREE TIME A DAY DO YOU HAVE?
In all honesty, when I am not working on "World Kids", writing, answering e-mails, letters, research, filminng, appointments, media, meetings, presentations, running the boat, navigation, sail handling...I rest!
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE ASIDE FROM FAMILY?
I am very close to my Family and Friends. In my immediate family there are 6 of them including Mom and Dad. I have 2 sisters and one brother. I'm #3 in the sibling pecking order, and also the only nomad of the
kids. Both brother and sisters are married with children. With 6 nieces and nephews, I hold the proud distinction of Uncle!. Otherwise I am single, never married, nor do I have children of my own. Someday, I hope, both, but no rush for now!
DO YOU EVER GET HOMESICK?
Generally I am at home wherever I drop anchor, yet it seems like homesickness manages to sneak into every travelled suitcase. When I get sentimental, I miss Family and close Friends. Thanks to e-mail home is never really very far away!