The world has lost a true visionary with the sad passing of Frontiers Foundation founder Charles Catto.
Charles founded the organisation 50 years ago and since then has been the driving force to see it grow and expand.
Since Charles took that first step, more than 3,000 volunteers from more than 70 countries have been involved in over 700 different projects. Those volunteers have helped in the construction and /or renovation of 1,960 homes, 30 community centers, 3 schools, 3 parks and other facilities. They have also helped create and run new programs to benefit local community members, they have helped educate generations of children, they have helped liaise with Government agencies and they have also been given the opportunity to learn much more about themselves while doing it.
Charles always worked tirelessly behind the scenes, often investing significant amounts of his own money to keep projects running.
He was a gifted story teller and had an immense passion for helping others. His love and dedication to Frontiers Foundation was felt not just within Canada but across the shores to every community where volunteers came from.
I was lucky enough to spend just a few days with Charles during my time as a Frontiers Foundation volunteer. Even in those brief days his love of live and his even greater love of helping others was well and truly visible and I personally feel very lucky to have been able to spend some time with him.
Our thoughts go to his wife Barbara and his family at this time.
The world is a sadder place without Charles in it.
For those who are able to make it a Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday May 31st at 1pm at the Pickering Village United Church, 300 Church Street, North Ajax, Ontario.