Is giving to charity a courageous act? For some, perhaps. For others, it's a convenient, ethical deduction from their income tax. And for others, it is a lifelong pursuit and passion. Such is the philosophy of John Bromley, the founder and CEO of a unique Canadian foundation, CHIMP, which acts as a "personal charitable foundation" for individuals and small groups.
Rhiannon Johnson walked 2,209 miles (3,555 kilometers) from the US border with Mexico north on the Pacific Crest Trail toward the border with Canada. Although stymied in northern Washington by sudden and dangerous snows, which prevented her from reaching Canada, she nevertheless accomplished her goal of walking alone, confronting her fears, pushing herself anywhere from 15 to 30 miles a day, footstep after footstep.
She's ninety-one, a veteran who served with distinction as commissioned officer (Lieutenant) with the Women's Royal Naval Service. A respected, and now retired, executive director of Vancouver's largest homemaker agency, she was a champion lawn bowler who raised three children on her own at a time when single parents were the exception.