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pii en kwo :: water is life photo exhibit

I’m so excited to announce my first solo exhibition:

pii en kwo :: water is life
Ryan’s Well Projects in Uganda

Photo Exhibit

Shenkman Arts Centre

March 3 – 31, 2011

In February 2010, I accompanied Ryan’s Well Foundation representatives on their monitoring trip to Uganda to document the work they do throughout the country. We visited a number of schools and communities where water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) programs had been recently implemented by Ryan’s Well and their local partners.

The photos in this exhibit showcase the incredible impact Ryan’s Well projects have on the local people – not only in bringing life-giving water and sanitation, but in helping to build a foundation for economic development, improved health and well-being, and fostering a sense of empowerment and hope for a better future.

Framed and unframed prints will be available for sale. A portion of each sale will be donated to the Ryan’s Well Foundation.


Read the Ryan’s Well Press Release here (pdf).

For directions to the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, click here. The Lower Lobby Reception Space is open daily from 9:00am to 10:00pm and is free to attend.

Thanks to Framing Dames for doing such a beautiful job framing my photos. A huge thank you to Dean, Julie and Véronique for helping me with the installation earlier this week; below are some photos. Another huge thank you to Erica from the Ryan’s Well Foundation for doing much of the work to make this all happen!

Photo exhibit setup


we day waterloo region

The other week I had another opportunity to shoot for the fantastic organisation, Free The Children. This time, I was asked to shoot at We Day in Waterloo Region; the goal of the event was to “inspire students and educators from the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas, addressing some of the world‘s most critical problems and teaching them they have the power to be part of the solution.”

I was assigned to be co-founder Craig Kielburger’s photographer for the day; I followed him around photographing him with many of the We Day speakers and performers, including Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President, author and Nobel Laureate, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., civil rights leader and politician, the Barenaked Ladies, Stereos, Shawn Desman, several cast members from Degrassi, and many others. It was a non-stop day of meet-and-greets, press conferences, interviews, and of course motivating and inspiring the students!

Click here to see more photos.

We Day Waterloo Region


picture of the day on africa lens website

A photo of mine from Ryan’s Well Foundation projects in Uganda featured in Pictures of the Day on African Lens.

Celebrating Clean Water


baby kaelen

Earlier in December I had the privilege of photographing 4-week old Baby Kaelen. He was such a well-behaved little trooper; all smiley and attentive when he was awake, and so easy to pose when he fell asleep!

Congratulations Penny and Karthik!

baby kaelen


kavule finally gets safe water!

Back in February, I visited a very special school in Mbale, Uganda. The Kavule Parents School for the Deaf is home to about 65 deaf and hearing impaired children. The school was in need of a new well, new latrines, handwashing stations and hygiene education materials (see more photos from my previous post).

Just this morning, the Ryan’s Well Foundation received word from Sam Kateu, the school’s founder, that the school now has safe water! From the Ryan’s Well Updates from the Field page: Sam writes “I am so pleased to confirm that the borehole installation was completed very well and hygiene and sanitation training of water user committee, children, staff, parents and the community was successfully done.”

Click here to read more about the Ryan’s Well Kavule Project.

Congratulations to Ryan’s Well, Rural Development Foundation and the Kavule Parents School for the Deaf!!


2011 calendars for sale

I’m very happy to announce that ‎2011 Calendars featuring my photos from Ryan’s Well Foundation projects in Uganda are now available for sale online for only $20 +shipping. Click the image below to go to the new Store page on my website to order online. You can also buy them directly from me starting Monday. Contact me for more info!

And in other exciting news, you can now follow me on Twitter and Facebook! Click the buttons in the panel on the right.


simulation expedition

Last month I photographed a really interesting event for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As part of their Simulation Summit conference, they ran a Simulation Expedition designed to expose participants to different forms of simulation for enhancing clinical teaching and learning.

The day consisted of medical moulage simulations, team-based scenario simulations, as well as tours of the simulation centres at three downtown hospitals. The standardised patients and conference participants made the emergency scenarios so realistic, I had goosebumps!

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Crowdfunding Supporters

Thank you so much to the following supporters! I really appreciate your contributions to help me get to Uganda and Kenya with the Ryan's Well Foundation!

Bobby Singh
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Dave and Susan Clark
Pat and Peter Marino
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...and others!