Last day at work

A beaming me .... just to annoy Kitty one more time

A beaming me …. just to annoy Kitty one more time

Today was my last day at PHN Investment Counsel – bittersweet but I was exceedingly happy to begin the next chapter of my life.  Thanks to Carol B for the photo.  And thanks to Kyla & May for arranging the humungous and delicious cake that was enjoyed by many.  And to Simon for arranging the card – aw shucks.  OK, best get started on my packing now.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
This entry was posted in Canada. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Last day at work

  1. Roxi says:

    Kate, I’m so excited that you’ll be embarking on your great journey to South Asia soon! I wish you the best of luck and will make sure to check here often so I am up to date with your adventures. I hope you have a wonderful and exciting time, you surely deserve it 🙂

  2. Eddy says:

    Great to know that we will be able to follow your adventure Kate. Chances are that I might visit you in Katmandu, we never know. If you miss the snow, we have plenty here in Quebec city where you will always be welcome !

  3. Gracie says:

    Great pucture! Island peak sounds like a fine plan to me.
    I ran in to Joshua in Zermatt and I am sure he would be
    up for guiding as well.

    Take care Kate and all the best!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s