India, Cameroon, 50th Anniversary Committee
1963-64, 2009, 2010-11
Judy Barber joined CUSO in 1963 to teach physiotherapy India.
“I really wanted to help the developing world,” she says.
“India has had a huge impact on me,” Barber told the Toronto Star in 2011 speaking to them on the occasion of CUSO’s 50th anniversary. “I’ve become a practising Buddhist, and in 1997 I took a degree in anthropology. I always thought I would go back (overseas) but for many years it didn’t happen.”
But in 1998, Barber, a mother of four, had an opportunity to go back to India as part of a reunion trip for early CUSO volunteers. That’s where she met her husband, fellow CUSO alumni, Steve Woollcombe.
Since then, the couple, who share a passion for international development, volunteered for the Canadian Executive Service Organization, and travelled to Romania, Azerbaijan and Panama. While in Cameroon in 2007, they decided to marry.
The couple are now retired and live in Ottawa.