Friday September 19, 2008 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall
Speaker: Guy Thatcher
Topic: A Journey of Days
Guy Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route, hoping to discover the reason for the compulsion that drove him there. What he found instead was the timeless land of northern Spain, beauty, silence, mountains and plains, rain and relentless sun, snow in May, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and injury; friendly and welcoming people, new friendships, despair, transcendental joy, birth and death, and churros con chocolate. He came away with a renewal of his belief in the remarkable goodness of ordinary people from all over the world as they shared an extraordinary journey.
Join Guy Thatcher as he shares his days and his experiences on the camino with you.
Guy Thatcher served in the Canadian regular armed forces from 1955 to 1980 as a tank officer, helicopter pilot, anti-tank missile instructor and computer analyst, serving in Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Texas and Alabama, as well as various bases in Canada. He then pursued a second career for a further 25 years as a management consultant, working primarily in the field of facility planning and management.
He is married to Carroll Thatcher, with whom he has four grown children and one new grandson, clearly the most beautiful baby in the world. For the past 18 years he has been a home support volunteer for the Hospice at May Court. He skis, travels as much as he can, gardens, scuba dives (occasionally), reads voraciously, mostly history and science, square dances and plays a truly dreadful game of golf.
All of this, however, has nothing to do with the walk he took across Spain … or perhaps it has everything to do with the walk he took across Spain. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.