Ann (Fraser) Speak
In her early 30s, Ann Speak travelled to Nigeria as a volunteer teaching literacy to junior high school students. However, after two years there, she was convinced that she had learned far more in that time than what she had been able to teach her students.
“The posting gave me an opportunity to get to know myself better, and to clarify my values around work, education, and the vast wealth of things available to me in Canada—basics like water, and health care, but also the incredible choices we have around us,” she said.
Following the placement, Ann longed to return to Africa, and finally did so, spending three years in Ethiopia studying Amharic language at Addis Ababa University from 2010-2013.
As a fundraising consultant in Canada, she was an early adopter of the idea to support fundraising for African causes by showing Africa’s hope and optimism, rather than focusing on its suffering. Ann was able to apply her expertise and knowledge as a fundraiser for Cuso International from 1987-1997.