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Cycling Without Age - Scott's Perspective
Share this: During my first 13-years living and working in SE Asia, I helped develop eight community programs throughout the region. These came about while leading trips with my former travel company and addressing perceived needs as they were encountered. From leading English workshops for students along the Thai-Myanmar border, to building a school in Nepal, and creating a program that transported sick children to hospital in Cambodia, this work was extremely rewarding and fun. I’d never planned to get involved in such endeavors, but quickly found them to be one of my favorite aspects of living and working in my adopted home. Perhaps that’s the best part of a rewarding experience in one’s life – when it isn’t planned – comes about organically, draws you in, provides learning opportunities, joy and a chance to leave an area better than you found it. A flattering byproduct came in 2004 when I was awarded Alberta’s Provincial Award Celebrating Excellence, which recognized using my Canadian post-secondary education to better the global community. Time went on, our community programs continued, then I sold out of my travel business in March 2013 and haven’t done any community work since. Perhaps my mind wasn’t in the proper space to get involved in community programs, but in late 2015 a spark went off after reconnecting with an old friend I’d backpacked with in Australia more than 20 years ago. Via Facebook I reconnected with Dorthe Pedersen, a Dane who co-leads an innovative project, Cycling Without Age …