Republic of Vanuatu
Bob Ward cared so deeply about social justice issues, his legacy lives on in the form of Cuso International’s annual Bob Ward Memorial Fellowship to support outstanding research on the role and impact of volunteers in international development.
Born in Calgary but having lived in many provinces throughout Canada, Bob had positive effects on the world, as well as at home. As a Cuso International volunteer, he spent two years in the Republic of Vanuatu. He built a life helping others; working with the Council of Yukon Indians and several Yukon First Nations before becoming executive director of the Learning Disabilities Association in Alberta. He was the founding executive director to Social Enterprise Fund, providing vital financial resource for Edmonton’s emerging social entrepreneurs.
Bob also spent six years volunteering as Board Chair of CUSO, and later on, as a Co-Chair of the board of CUSO-VSO. He is fondly remembered for his compassion and commitment to building a caring community.