Alastair Henry and Candas Whitlock
Bangladesh, Jamaica, Guyana, Canada
2006, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2016
Alastair Henry and Candas Whitlock are inspiring Canadian Baby Boomers to embrace adventure and make the world a better place.
It’s a topic he knows well: Alastair re-evaluated things in retirement. He stepped out of his comfort zone and went to live and work in a remote Dene community in the Northwest Territories and came home with new perspective. “Helping others gave me the personal satisfaction and fulfillment I was seeking my whole life,” he said.
In 2006, Alastair travelled to Bangladesh as a Cuso International volunteer. He took additional placements in Jamaica and Guyana, but this time with his partner Candas Whitlock. “His experience spoke to my heart,” says Candas. “So I applied to volunteer!”
In 2016, he became Cuso International’s first-ever North American volunteer in Alert Bay, B.C. as an Entrepreneurship Advisor with Reconciliation Canada. There was no question that Candas would join Alastair on the four-month placement.
Back home in Ontario, Alastair and Candas are promoting their book, “Go for It: Volunteering Adventures on Roads Less Travelled”.
“You’ve spent a lifetime developing skills and knowledge,” says Candas. “When you retire, you can use your experience to make a real difference in less-fortunate communities.”