I will honour the Creator by loving my family and friends, being a compassionate frontal-lobed, professional leader in education, maintaining my fitness both mentally and physically, exploring nature and the world, being generous, showing gratitude, and being engaged in the moment.
Dana Derwin Kirsi Aidan
Values and Service
One of our most emotional, fulfilling times abroad was working with our church in the community of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. The residents of Batticaloa had been devastated by both the tsunami and civil war.
In conjunction with the church and donations from others, we assisted in helping the residents in getting back to work.
Since that uplifting experience, we have become more involved in social service issues through We Day, Kiva, Save A Family Plan, and Development and Peace. It is common for our children to have Loonie and Toonie Parties in Canada ($1 or $2 dollar) birthday parties where they donate the money to charity in lieu of gifts.
While we identify as Catholic, we are open to all religions and beliefs.
"Religions are like rivers: They all flow to the same sea."
Spending time with family and friends, basketball, church, movies, writing, music, hiking, fishing, traveling, and photography.