Hilary recently launched her book outlining her 25 years of experience with Samuha in India. Footsteps to Freedom – Tales of Therapy in Rural India transports the reader into rural India during the height of the polio epidemic. This book explores how a volunteer physiotherapist from the British Columbia Interior […]

Book Launch – FOOTSTEPS TO FREEDOM – Tales of Therapy ...


S.O.D.A. Samuha Overseas Development Association You are invited to the Annual S.0.D.A. Indian Buffet   Entertainment & Silent Auction at Hart Crown Banquet Hall 3966 John Hart Highway Saturday, October 27, 2018   Doors open at 6:00pm Admission by donation Tax receipts given for donations, excluding the $25 price of […]

2018 Annual S.O.D.A. Indian Buffet


I have just completed my 3 weeks in India with Samuha. The program continues to make amazing progress. The spinal cord injury unit was particularly impressive. All the clients spend some considerable time standing, with their braces on. Many of them manage to walk all around the campus area using […]

India Republic Day Jan 26th in Koppal



January 16th, 2018 Have been here in India 10 days now. The program is going really well. There are 10 clients in the spinal cord injury unit, all working hard and most of them up walking with braces and walker. 3 of them sustained their injuries falling from palm trees […]

India 2018


In February I was Writer in Residence in Wells in the Cariboo. I used this time to work on the book I am writing about my experiences with Samuha in India. Title yet to be determined! There was a contingent of skiers from Prince George in Wells at the time […]

Writer In Residence at Wells, BC


In 2016 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of SODA. This included 20 years of fundraising in Prince George and further afield to support the disability program in South India. We have accomplished much during this time, including the establishment of an Early Intervention Centre for young children with disability as […]

New Year’s Message: Jan. 1, 2017



Time is winding down here. Only 1 more day at the project then should fly home on Friday, as long as Lufthansa isn’t still on strike then. This morning there was a small cobra near the mess, where we eat! Everyone was quite excited about it but I managed to […]

Blog From India: Nov. 30, 2016


Our days have been full and varied. We have just returned from a 2 day trip to Deodurg, 4 hours drive away, to where I originally volunteered in 1994. We stopped and visited several clients, some of whom I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. It was heart-warming to see […]

Blog From India: Nov. 25, 2016


The 2nd day here we went on a field visit to see a family. They literally lived in the fields, miles from the nearest road. There were goats tethered on their porch and bullocks resting peacefully under the large mango tree. The purpose of the visit was to see a […]

Blog From India: Nov. 18, 2016



We arrived here in Koppal this morning on the overnight train and had a lovely welcome from the Samuha staff at the station. It is lovely to be back here among old friends. I am here with Lesley and Dennis Schwab. After settling in, we visited the spinal cord injury […]

Blog From India: Nov. 17, 2016