We began volunteering with CBM and their amazing work in Bolivia back in 2013 and came on officially as Global Field Staff in 2015. During our time as volunteers we had many opportunities to get directly involved with several great projects, work alongside a number of other organizations, build some great personal and working relationships, and develop a better understanding of the Bolivian context.
We both grew up in Saskatchewan (Kallie in Regina and Tim in Yorkton) and first met while working at a summer camp. We have each visited over twenty countries and as a couple we've backpacked Europe, North Africa, and Asia.
Kallie pursued international development during university where she majored in Global Ministries and undertook a four month internship in Bolivia in her last year. This experience allowed her to use her education to participate in several ministry and development programs, incur a conversational level of Spanish, and witness both the beauty and challenges of life in Bolivia.
Later, Kallie held two different jobs that each compliments the work she is doing in Bolivia. As a youth leader in a multicultural church located in the core of Montreal, she gained further experience in youth leadership and serving in a cross-cultural context. Her second position was with a face-to-face fundraising organization who perform contract work for NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and Plan. She also had the opportunity to do a six month internship with Oxfam. Through the posts she held, Kallie was able to hone her administrative and managerial skills while becoming well acquainted with the non-profit world. Currently she is doing postgraduate studies in international development through the UBC.
Tim has had a long allurement towards information access and services. Passionate about history, politics, literature, and technology, he loves exploring innovative ways to better help people find and evaluate needed information. To this end, Tim completed a Masters of Library and Information Science from McGill University, which included a significant focus on non-profit organizational administration. He has also had the opportunity to work in several academic and public libraries. Currently he is doing postgraduate studies in international development through the UBC. An active member of Librarians Without Boarders—an NGO that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion—Tim has been able to take part in a number of partnerships with local and international communities and experience the challenges and rewards of improving info access in various parts of society.