Paso Por Paso Update
- Category: April/May 2012
- Published on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 00:43
Ms Moore, who grew up in Honey Harbour, has been a resident in Panajachel for over twenty years. "Recognizing the achievements of these young scholars and of the Canadians helping them is the first truly joyous Canadian event for me as honourary consul in all these years," she said. Her voluntary position deals mostly with misfortunes sometimes encountered by Canadian travelers.
Ms Moore also assisted Doris Middleton, Linda McDowell and Don McIsaac in presenting a Canadian flag to Sharon and Dwight Smart of MayanFamilies.org in recognition of their assistance to PASO POR PASO over the past six years.
Don McIsaac of Houston Texas recently joined the board of Canada Maya Scholarships. Don's parents were both former mayors of Orillia; he is an alumnus of Park Street Collegiate Institute and Trent University. Currently he is CFO at Alimak Hek Inc. in Houston, and a member of Society of Management Accountants of Ontario. He has
travelled many times in Guatemala, and maintains strong loyalties to Canada and Orillia.
Other Orillians who attended included scholarship directors Garry Fell, Doris Middleton and Roger Pretty; PASO directors Judith Rapson and Pat Pretty. Orillians Dale Duncan and Sharon Miller Hepditch, on tour with other artists, attended as well.
This second annual event paid special tribute to Oliva Lopez who has completed university studies for a degree in business and Isabel Churunel in Social Work. They will join the elite of less than one percent of Maya women with university degrees later this year.
Other Maya scholars include Rodolfo Perez (tourism), Diego Pazan Velasco (mathematics), Anastasia Xon (Social Work), Leonardo Elias Rios (medicine), Pedro Solis (law, represented by his wife Paulina and two year-old son Alan). Max Juan Tiney studying medicine in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba and Luis Alberto interning in medicine in Esquintla, Guatemala were unable to attend.
Canada Maya Scholarships vary between $100 and $250 a month, and are scaled according to financial need. Summer jobs are not generally available to Guatemalan students.
All Guatemalan universities except San Carlos are private for profit institutions. Guatemala ranks 125th of world countries in spending on education. The literacy rate is 69%. 51% of the population lives below the poverty line. 25% of children are malnourished.