In Memoriam

Remember ing Margaret Aileen Carroll (1944-2020)

The WUSC network mourns the loss of Margaret Aileen Carroll, and extends our deepest sympathies to friends and family. The Honourable Margaret Aileen Carroll was a compassionate individual, dedicated to caring for her family, serving her community, and making a positive difference on an international scale. Aileen was the first woman to graduate from St.…

Remembering William Leonard Niyomwungere (1976-2020)

William Leonard Niyomwungere, who passed away this April, is deeply missed by his family and by all those who knew him in the WUSC network. His loss is also mourned by music fans worldwide who came to know Willy through his songs and performances. At just five years old, Willy began the musical journey that…

Remembering Stéphanie Lacroix (1993-2019)

The WUSC network is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Stéphanie Lacroix, former volunteer, and friend to many. Stéphanie’s life was cut tragically short in the Ethiopian Airways crash on March 10, 2019. Stéphanie had begun her career in Botswana, in 2014 as a Students Without Borders volunteer supporting Stepping Stones International, where she…

Remembering Paul Cantor (1942-2018)

On behalf of the WUSC community, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Paul Cantor, who passed away on August 10, 2018. With an expansive career, described by Paul himself as ‘deliciously eclectic’, he worked as a Canadian lawyer, educator, and executive in the private, public and non-profit…

Remembering Charles Thon Madoi (1993-2018)

WUSC is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of former Student Refugee Program (SRP) student, Charles Thon Madoi. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends in Kenya, South Sudan, and Canada during this difficult time. Originally from South Sudan, Charles and his family moved to Kenya to live in the Kakuma Refugee…
Bill McNeill

Remembering Bill McNeill (1936 – 2018)

Tribute by Ian Smillie Bill McNeill, a pioneer in Canada’s international development efforts, died in Victoria on March 25th in his 82nd year. Bill’s work in international development began in 1964 with a CUSO posting in Nigeria, where he taught at Santa Crux Secondary School at Umuahia, in the then Eastern Region of Nigeria. In…
Bilel Diffalah

Remembering Bilel Diffalah

1976 – 2017 Bilel Diffalah’s life was abruptly taken from him during an attack in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Bilel was an international volunteer with WUSC and CECI at the time of his passing. His passing is a deep loss that has been felt throughout the WUSC and CECI communities.…
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Remembering Claus Wirsig (1933 – 2017)

WUSC is deeply saddened by the passing of one of our lifelong supporters, Mr. Claus Wirsig, and would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends. Claus passed away peacefully at one of his favourite places on July 8, 2017. Claus was the first child of parents Frida and Oscar to be born…
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Remembering Dr. John Conway (1929 – 2017)

The entire WUSC network is very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. John Conway. John passed away on June 23, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born in London, England, John received his MA and PhD from St. John’s College, Cambridge before he moved to Canada in 1955 to take a job teaching at…
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Remembering Rosina Mahlangu (1990 – 2016)

On behalf of the WUSC network, we wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to family and friends following the tragic passing of Rosina Mahlangu in Malawi in August of 2016. A dynamic young woman and committed volunteer, Rosina left us far too soon. Rosina’s impressive CV immediately caught the eye of WUSC: An…