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1963: Don Lavoie served in Gabon in Libreville, beginning in 1963
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Don Lavoie can be contacted at donaksc9dthdcom
Country of Service: Gabon
Training Group Name: Gabon I School Construction,
Cities you served in: Libreville,
Years of Service: 1963, 1964,
Work Description: School construction
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
After collecting my mustering out pay I made my way to Paris for short stint at
La Sorbonne to improve my language skills. An offer to join Peace Corps staff
was eagerly accepted which included tours of duty in the Carribbean and as
Country Director for Senegal. After twelve years of service a call came in the
night from a Canadian friend offering a career change and a chance to
experience another part of the world. In 1975 I joined Lavalin International, a
Canadian engineering firm from Montreal. I packed up my wife and two
children and set up shop in Manila, then Singapore, then Jakarta, then New
Delhi and finally Bangkok (1989). I came to Bangkok for three months to help
negotiate a contract for a mass transit system (SkyTrain), somehow the
Canadian version never made it here, but there is still hope.
Presently I am the Regional Director for Thailand, Philippines and Indochina for
Bombardier Total Transportation Systems Division, which is responsible for
development, design and supply of complete transportation systems.
Originally posted: July 13, 2001
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