1969-1971, 2010-2011, 2012, 2013-2014
Mary Hickey was a 23 year-old social researcher when she first went to Nigeria with Cuso International in 1969. She returned to Canada two years later, a teacher with a brand-new perspective on the world.
“I learned more than any of the students I taught,” says Hickey. “My eyes were open and I realized what the world was like for other people.”
After Nigeria, Hickey worked tirelessly to obtain her teacher certificate. She first taught in her home province of PEI, and then in Labrador City and Sept-Iles, Quebec, as she and her children moved around with her husband.
In 1999, Hickey volunteered with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Rose Foundation to teach a Summer Institute for primary teachers in Tanzania. This experience sparked her interest in sharing skills with other teachers. She returned to Canada and completed her Master of Education.
Ten years later, Mary Hickey began training teachers in various parts of rural Rwanda.
“This time I was helping teachers and I had a lifetime of education and experience to share,” said Hickey. “I always loved being in the classroom, but this work made me feel that I was living my dream every day.”
Mary Hickey served three placements with Cuso International in Rwanda between 2010 and 2014.
The Charlottetown Royalty Rotary recently recognized her work in Rwanda with their 2017 Mentor award and a Paul Harris fellowship.