My youth was spent in and around Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada. I will always be grateful to a high school teacher, who took a special interest in my desire to work with preschool children. It was because of her, that my professional life started at a local community college and continued on to include every aspect of early childhood care and education.
Over the course of 37 years, I was the director of a child care centre, provided family child care when my own 2 children were young, worked for the provincial government as a licensing officer for family child care and later as a consultant. I also directed the largest early childhood association in the country, taught early childhood education at a local college and coordinated early childhood & education activities in Manitoba and BC.
So although I thought perhaps I would be drawn to another avenue for volunteering it was not to be… The mission and practice of the Apoyo Program in Chuburná Puerto spoke to everything I believe regarding children and their education. Besides, I had to find a way to keep getting hugs from children.
My husband Gord and I have made Chuburná Puerto our full time home since 2011 and I am proud to be a Director primarily responsible for Communications.
Although I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I lived the majority of my life in Southern California. Over the years, I have traveled extensively through multiple countries, but chose to settle in this area because of my interest in the Spanish language, the Mayan culture, and my affinity for the beach. My friend and I purchased our home in 2005, but we did not begin living here full time until 2010.
I was a Spanish teacher for 41 years for the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, California
and believe, like Nelson Mandela, that "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." This is why I became a teacher/educator, and why I believe in and support El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto A.C.. My contribution to the program lies in facilitating between the English speaking community and the Spanish speaking community.
I was born in Ontario, Canada but moved to North Vancouver, British Columbia when I was very young. I lived and worked in a variety of both rural and urban communities throughout the province until my husband and I retired to Chuburná Puerto in 2014.
My background is in the financial world as well as the non-profit sector. I worked for 9.5 years at the United Way of the Lower Mainland which is one of the largest United Ways in Canada. For 3 of those years I was Assistant Director of Development and worked closely with the Director as we raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout the local community.
I have also been a long time trade union activist and I believe strongly in the motto of the Labour movement that states: “What we wish for ourselves, we desire for all”. To me this all starts with education of our children and what better way to be involved with our new community than to meld this belief with the Apoyo Program to help the children of Chuburná Puerto with their education. My main area of responsibility will be managing the family applications, the waiting list and student files as they relate to correspondence and grades.
Eva Alexandra Laroi-May
I currently live in Chuburná Puerto with my husband Jorge and we are co-owners of Bistro Maasai Maya.
As a former local student I have a special insight into the educational experiences of our current students. I speak fluent Spanish and English and believe that the families & students will welcome a local resident's participation as an additional program director.
My favorite quote is: " Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
Ligia Aracelly Valle Canto
I studied for my psychology degree and worked in the company "Sisprovisa" as an Administrator. I currently live in Chelem and my favorite hobby is reading. I'm very happy to be part of the team of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná as I thoroughly enjoy working with the students and also working with and getting to know members from the International Community.