MEET THE FOUNDER
Meet Cathy Cleary, the heart and head behind Bridging Post.
Over the last two decades, Cathy has crossed many bridges, literally and figuratively, connecting her professional life in Canada with a number of projects and endeavours in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Efforts that, she says, move goods and good in both directions.
Cathy draws on her extensive experience in project management and community development. She founded the Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre in the DRCongo, a place where women learn skills to start their own businesses and support their families. Her husband, Randy supports her efforts by drawing on his leadership of a successful and storied boutique investment firm. Together, they champion and invest in small and medium businesses, medical clinics and hospitals, schools and training centres and poverty reduction/income generating projects.
Their personal and professional commitments to entrepreneurship, education, the environment and health underlined by the principles of reciprocity and respect are the base of Bridging Post.
From this foundation, entrepreneurs, educators, environmental activists, and health advocates come together to trade their time, treasure and talent.
It is here that Cathy hopes you will help build bridges across continents, cultures, and communities, and between people.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS BRIDGING POST?
Bridging Post is a community of committed and passionate people who share their stories of changing the world. You might say Bridging Post is a source of inspiration. Our site includes insights, knowledge and contacts on local and global development in entrepreneurship, health, education, and the environment.
Bridging Post was founded by Cathy Cleary, who after working for many years in the areas of social justice and international development saw the need for a meeting place for like minded people to share and connect. The site is built on her heartfelt belief that “awareness must provoke action”.
Bridging Post encourages people to build bridges across cultures and continents, based on reciprocity and respect.
WHO WRITES ARTICLES ON BRIDGING POST?
Everyone! We accept articles from anyone who has worked or volunteered in our focus areas (entrepreneurship, health, education, and the environment), especially if it has a cross-cultural angle. If you have a story to tell about how you built a bridge through your work, how you crossed a bridge in your life, or how someone used a bridge to get to you, please send us your article.
Authors include teachers, community development workers, doctors, leaders in the non-profit sector, business owners, students, politicians, travellers, media, and more.
CAN I SHARE MY STORY/SUMBIT AN ARTICLE?
Absolutely. We are interested in stories that show the power and promise of team-work, mindfulness, and experiences that changed you or others. We are particularly keen on international stories in entrepreneurship, health, education, and the environment. We want to hear not just about how you wanted to or tried to make a change but also about how working with the people helped you to learn new things and changed you.
Stories only need to be 400 words with a brief bio of the author. Read all the submission requirements here.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT BRIDGING POST?
IF YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.