Dave is a seasoned educator with 23 years experience in post-secondary education, including eight years in stints as college president (Norquest College and Portage College), and four years as director of instructional services in the Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.
Before founding CPI in 1997, Dave had extensive experience leading organizations and spearheading new initiatives to help people reach their potential.
In 1985, Dave became the first executive director of the Edmonton Mennonite Center for Newcomers. Two years later, following EMCN successes in creating jobs for new Edmontonians led Mennonite Central Committee Canada to ask Dave to become their Director of Employment Development. He worked with MCC for eight years, implementing employment programs in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and Atlantic Canada.
In 1990, Dave was among a small group that saw a need for an Edmonton chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Dave served a five-year stint as the Founding Chair for the Edmonton affiliate. He has served on many other boards, including the Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Economic Development Edmonton (later the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation).
Country Director, Honduras
Manuel Antonio Tabora is the Sub-Director of the Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) school and Country Director for Canadian Peacemakers International in Honduras.
Manuel is a former principal, elementary and junior high teacher in Honduras.
He was the manager of the first village CPI built in Honduras and often serves as a translator for CPI visitors to Honduras.
Manuel and his wife Graciella have four children. At one point, Manuel considered moving to the United States to become an illegal worker to support his family. Employment with CPI has enabled him to stay in Honduras.