India, Cameroon, 50th anniversary committee
1961-63, 2009, 2010-11
Steve Woollcombe was always attracted to the idea of development and helping, so when he first met Keith Spicer and heard him speak about volunteering abroad, he was hooked.
Woollcombe became part of CUSO’s first cohort to head to India to volunteer.
This CUSO placement was the start of a long career in diplomacy and international development with the Department of External Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada). Over the years, Mr. Woollcombe held diplomatic placements in 5 continents, providing economic counsel to organizations like the OECD and CIDA.
It was on a trip back to India to visit the school where he had taught that he met and adopted his only daughter Dharini.
In 1998, on a nostalgic trip back to India with CUSO alumni, Woollcombe met and fell in love with Judy Barber, who had also volunteered with CUSO in India the early 1960s. They were married on a trip to Cameroon in 2007.
The couple are now retired and live in Ottawa.