Sally (Bambridge) Ravindra
In 1960, Sally Bambridge (now Ravindra), attended an event with Dr. Donald Faris who had been invited to campus by Keith Spicer, one of Cuso International’s founders.
A writer for the University of Toronto’s Varsity newspaper, Sally says: “I stopped taking notes because I was so captivated by what Dr. Faris had to say. By the time I left I’d put my name on a list.”
And so Sally became one of the very first CUSO volunteers, heading off to India in 1961. Sally spent one year as a teacher at the Rajghat Besant School and with a health project in Varanasi and a second year at a Gandhian ashram in Orissa, with children and families.
Some of Sally’s varied contributions to Canada have been due to her opportunistic approach. In the late 1960s, a couple approached Sally and her husband with an opportunity to purchase an island off Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore as part of a tax sale. Keeping the island it its wild state for decades, the two couples eventually donated it to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust as part of the “100 Wild Islands” campaign. Later, during a sabbatical year from the Maritime School of Social Work, Sally connected with a ceramic artist in Manhattan who taught her some of the pottery basics. This connection led to a 35-year artistic career with her work being exhibited around the world.