This is your chance to make a difference and to have an impact on someone’s life. We want to make it everything you hope for – and more.
Meet the DWC team of staff, we’re here to serve you:
JOSHUA MOLSBERRY – Executive Director
From a young age, Joshua has fostered a life-long passion for international relief and development. At age 18, he volunteered abroad for the first time in Turkey after a series of powerful earthquakes hit the country. As part of a small group of volunteers, he worked in a displaced persons camp set up in the aftermath of the disaster. Since completing his master’s degree in international development, Joshua has been involved in relief and development projects throughout the developing world. Most recently, he worked for a large non-government organization in West Africa to help implement water and sanitation projects, agriculture initiatives and rural livelihood programs. Now based in DWC’s Kamloops office, Joshua works to ensure the successful delivery of the organization’s mandate and strives to increase the quality and impact of its efforts in the developing world.
Call: (250) 434-2524 ext#15
GERRY SHEA – Recruitment Co-ordinator
Gerry’s passion for the outdoors has taken him hiking, backpacking, scrambling, and mountain climbing. These pursuits have motivated him to become a published author of guidebooks throughout the Rocky Mountains, and BC’s interior.
In recent years, Gerry has trained in Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, website building, Google Analytics, social media marketing, content marketing, and blog writing. He has now shifted these skills with the resolve of assisting Developing World Connections establish long-lasting relationships with volunteers, and to make Developing World Connections a household name.
Call: (250) 434-2524 ext#18
JODY TIPPETT – Communications Co-ordinator
Jody is a digital producer, writer and human rights activist involved in bridging the gap between theory and action on issues of gender violence, globalization and inequality. Through a variety of mediums she understands the power of storytelling and the importance of engaging emotions to connect with an audience. Communicating the complexities of DWC’s work, the intense experiences of volunteers and beneficiaries and building empathy makes every day fulfilling.
Call: (250) 434-2524 ext#16
DOUG HENDERSON – Program Manager
Doug is from Vancouver, where he graduated in economics from UBC. He spent the first part of his career working at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a project and program manager in Ottawa, then as a Canadian diplomat managing CIDA projects in the field. A big focus of his career was promoting development and environmental policy reforms in China, where he lived ten years. He also lived in civil-war affected Sri Lanka in the early 1990s, where he got turned on to the potential of non-government organizations. Doug also covered African development early in his career. Doug moved back to China in 2013 to work with a Canadian NGO with Tibetan nomads on the Tibetan plateau of northwest China, doing conservation and community livelihood work. Doug happily returned to his home territory of B.C. and joined DWC in the fall of 2016 to help create a projects division.
Call: (250) 434-2524 ext#19
PATTI BASDEN– Trip Co-ordinator
Connecting with people, exploring new places, discovering new flavours…these are some of Patti’s favourite things. Travelling in Europe for the first time, she fell in love with the global community and moved to North Africa for five years. Later, working for a non-profit organization in Alberta, she developed her passion for helping others discover the joy of travelling cross culturally. One of the most rewarding things in her life has been to see her two children grow up to have hearts of compassion for the world. Patti is excited to be part of a team that enables anyone to cross cultural lines and experience what it’s like to do life with people so different from themselves (and yet so similar) and empower an entire community!
Call: (250) 434-2524 ext #14
From Maple Ridge originally, Brian got his bachelor’s degree in political science from Montreal’s Concordia University thinking it would round out his skills and experiences. From la belle province, Brian returned to his home province and studied accounting at UBC, knowing that was a field that would play to his strengths of logic and math. His family has a history of working in the accounting field, so it was the natural path for him to follow. That path then brought him to Kamloops and Developing World Connections, as his mother and aunt were doing work for the organization. Eventually, they passed the DWC file on to Brian and he’s been keeping track of the books ever since.
Call: (250) 434-2524 ext#17
JIM LITTLE – Projects Officer
Jim has always had a passion for travel and helping others. While completing his BA, he was offered a position with an international foundation based in California. He first aided in developing volunteer projects in Jordan supporting physically and mentally challenged children under the auspices of the Royal Family. This led to opportunities to further assist with volunteer projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Thailand. After moving back to Canada and venturing into various opportunities, Jim found himself building and operating his own very successful construction company. He retired early and began seeking new challenges. After participating on DWC projects in Nepal in 2014 and again in 2016, he volunteered to help DWC with evaluating, organizing and managing its growing number of projects in 2017. He hopes that his international development experience combined with his business acumen and construction experience will make him an asset to DWC, its host partners and family of volunteers.
Call: (250) 434-2524
RUSS CARMICHAEL – Projects Officer
Russ Carmichael has been a volunteer on multiple DWC trips for the last seven years. Married with three adult children, he is a recently retired Civil Technologist with Construction and Administration experience. He continues to teach adult education in the drinking water and waste water area. Russ stays very active in retirement including sports, hiking and camping. On the DWC trips Russ enjoys the enthusiasm of likeminded people, the resilience and ingenuity of the host communities and the realization that people of this world have more similarities than differences. He is quick to join in a fun game with the local children and is usually front and center when mixing concrete. Russ is excited to be volunteering as a Projects Officer with Developing World Connections to review past and upcoming construction projects.
Call: (250) 434-2524