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Uganda: My Peace Corps Story

August 6


Presenter: Bill Hansen

Free – Donations Appreciated – Registration Required

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On June 1st, 2019, Bill Hansen fulfilled a life-long ambition by departing for 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the East African country of Uganda. For his first three months in Uganda, Bill received intensive training in the economy, history, and culture of Uganda. The training culminated with a 5 week crash course in Lugisu, a language that Wikipedia describes as a “dying Aftrican tribal language.”  After his training concluded, Bill was dropped off in the tiny, remote, mountain village of Uranga, in the Mbale District.

Join Bill on August 6th at 7 pm for his narrative of his many adventures, culminating in the sudden and unexpected interruption to his volunteer service, due to the pandemic.

Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen was born in Duluth. He spent most of his life at Sawbill Canoe Outfitters on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Tofte. His parents, Mary Alice and Frank Hansen, founded the business in 1957. Bill and his wife, Cindy, owned and operated it for 30 years before selling it to their daughter and son-in-law, Clare and Dan Shirley, in 2016. Bill was named Tofte Townships Citizen of the Year in 2015. Bill has been an active in the DFL, serving in party leadership positions, working on campaigns and twice running for the legislature as the DFL endorsed candidate. He has also been active in the regional philanthropic community, serving on the boards of the Northland Foundation, Entrepreneur Fund and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, among many other community non-profits. Bill most recently served in Uganda as a Peace Corps Volunteer – brought back to Cook County by rules around Covid-19. Bill currently lives in Grand Marais, where he is a busy professional musician, part time canoe outfitting employee and busy community member.

Programming fully funded by Cook County Higher Education.


August 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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Cook County Higher Education

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