Carl Waldron, HopeShares Executive Director
The first time I traveled to South Africa, in 2004, I sensed my life was about to change. I met volunteers from Bhekulwandle township who were showing God’s compassion to neighbors and friends in the midst of the AIDS crisis. I also caught a vision for building a healthy, vibrant community over many long talks with Seed of Hope founders Derek and Heather Liebenberg. In 2007, my family and I moved to the Durban area to lead the work of Seed of Hope, after Derek’s passing. I have felt a personal and professional calling to Seed of Hope as it brings transformation to Bhekulwandle and other communities. While my primary focus is in South Africa, it has been a privilege to help establish HopeShares Canada as an integral partner in this vision. Together with our three children, my wife Michelle and I have embraced this fulfilling and challenging family mission. Our normal home life these days includes kids’ swimming, soccer and ballet, weekly pick-up basketball, and trying to keep the kitchen free of monkeys, ants and the occasional snake. In Spring 2017, Carl and his family returned to Canada to mentor our South African team as they grow. He’ll also be working to link new partners here in Canada to international development in a way that affirms the importance of building mutual relationships between people here and those across the world.