SET (Support Education Togo)
Oct 06, 2021
Don Barclay
SET (Support Education Togo)

The Victoria Harbourside Rotary Club, along with partner clubs, has funded libraries in 20 primary classrooms in Togo, West Africa.  Don will get you up to speed on how this all came about and how he and three others formed a Canadian charity 10 years ago to support education in Togo, one of the poorest countries in the world.  If you want more background, feel free to go to 

Don retired in 2008 as Ivey Eminent Teaching Professor Emeritus from the Ivey Business School, Western University where he had been for 23 years. His international assignments have taken him to Beijing and Shanghai in China, Korea, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Bermuda and the United States.

He is a founding Board member of Support.Education.Togo, an organization which has since 2011 built or renovated 15 schools, supported 51 intern teachers, trained teachers, provided libraries (thanks to Rotary Victoria)  in Togo, West Africa.  He has been a travelling volunteer with Sleeping Children Around the World (Togo 2011, Kolkata 2014, Chennai 2015, Togo 2016); and Chair the PR Committee for London’s Cantorion Choir.

His soul mate, Heather, is a retired social worker, creative writer, and volunteer in the social service sector.  Their daughter Amanda is married and Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital in BC.  Their son Michael is married and Design Engineer with Automation Tooling Systems in Kitchener.

He enjoys travelling, cycling, hanging out with our five grandsons, singing in London’s Cantorion Choir, taking voice lessons, volunteering, and playing golf.


Plus Chris Causton and Bob Lamb will have a balloon pop fundraiser.