The Canadian Ambassador
Canadian Ambassador Todd Kuiack carries his children Zoe, 7, and Christopher, 4, over the black water.
Todd Kuiack, the Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, along with his wife, Christine, and children Zoe, 7, and Christopher, 4, joined the OHBA Humanitarian Build for two days, Friday and Saturday, and stayed for the dedication ceremony.
“I became aware of the initiative when I got a call from (former ambassador Alvin Curling,” Kuiack told me in an interview. “I then spoke to James (Bazely) and Doug (Tarry).
“Zoe read the family profiles and she wanted to come. Zoe has always wanted to help and she showed a lot of enthusiasm for the project.
“And she's invested herself here, working along with the others.”
So, for the second time in this adventure, I've heard the story of daughter talking a father into becoming involved (Melissa and James Bazely, too).
But he was happy his children came to Nuevo Renacer so they could “see how lucky we are in Canada and a little effort can make a big difference.”
Kuiack, 42, is an ambassador with a difference. Getting muddy on a building site isn't something that envoys usually do – they are mostly suit-and-tie types – but Kuiack said that “this is just one of the radical things I've done while I'm here.”
“I do the usual things, like meet with the tourism chiefs (there are 800,000 Canadian visitors to the D.R. each year) and the economic councils, but we've also started live-saving courses for life guards. We bring in trainers from Canada, which WestJet pays for, and train locals.
“I also advocate for the Good Samaritan Foundation with Elio Madonia and they have already built 1,000 houses here.”