The Field Workers

CORE works with Nepali organizations to carry out our projects and programs. We currently (2017) work with Society for the Urban Poor (SOUP), Himalayan Human Rights Monitors (HimRights), and independent groups helping survivors of the recent disaster.  In previous years, CORE worked with rhest, Faselung Social Service society (FSS), Porters Progress, Womens Upliftment Society and (MUS). These organizations have staff or hire field workers for our projects.

The field workers facilitating CORE’s activities are all very committed individuals – some had worked as volunteers for our Nepali partner organisation, SOUP, for as much as 17 years.They work in the blazing sun, pouring monsoon rain, winter fog… amidst the chaos of the vegetable market and the squalor of the fruit market and garbage dump of Kathmandu. They are committed to working with these poorest people in Kathmandu, who eke out a living selling vegetables, portering fruit, and sorting through garbage for recyclable items.

Board Members

Writer and photographer Frances recently co-founded CORE with Karen in 2005. The present focus of CORE’s work is in Nepal, where she has lived and worked for over two decades – first, amongst the Sherpa people in the Khumbu region of Nepal in the 1980s and more recently, living in Kathmandu writing, publishing, and documenting and evaluating development experiences.

Frances Klatzel Chairperson

As a leader and friend, Wally is always enthusiastic. His accomplishments in planning, organizing and leading successful mountaineering expeditions has established him as one of the world’s foremost international adventure guides. Wally has stood on the summit of Everest four times and has had six successful ascents on 8,000 meter peaks. Now, under his leadership, hundreds of people reach the summits on each continent. His photographs have been published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, among others. Wally and his wife, Leila, generously provide CORE with office logistics in their company, Berg Adventures International, in Alberta Canada.

Wally Berg Vice Chairman

Degju was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and emigrated from there in 1994. He has since lived in Richmond, Virginia, Edmonton and Canmore, Alberta. He currently calls Canmore home with his wife, enjoying the mountain life hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. Degju completed his BComm at the University of Alberta and presently works as Controller at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff.

Degju Suwal Treasurer

Jane is a family physician who studied and practised medicine in U.K before moving to Canada in 1976. She has been in family medicine for 35 years and completed training in Tropical Medicine and Community Health in 2003. She has travelled and trekked in Nepal, India and Africa and recently worked with an N.G.O. for 3 months in remote hill village community clinics in the western districts of Nepal. Jane is married and has two sons.

Jane Lewkonia Secretary

Formerly with the Brazilian Foreign Service, born in Rio de Janeiro, Leila has an exceptionally strong international background. She has lived in several European countries, Japan, Central Africa, and the United States. Leila now lives in Canmore, Alberta, where she is the Program Director of Berg Adventures International. Her tireless energy and organization are a tremendous asset for CORE’s administrative operations.

Leila Silveira Board Member

Manisha Shrestha was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. She holds a master’s degree in Geo Informatics from the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands. She worked in various non-government organizations such as Kathmandu Valley Mapping Program, UNDP – Humanitarian Assistance Program, Population Services International, Habitat for Humanity, and Center of International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) for more than a decade. She continued working with community development programs when she was in Canmore, Canada for over four years.

Manisha Shrestha

Pat has been interested in international development issues for many years, and was a board member of a development resource centre in Calgary. He has also travelled in many countries, including 4 trips to Nepal; one of his favourites. He recently retired from a career in urban planning and lives in Calgary.

Patrick Mahaffey Board Member

Heidi Grasswick is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Middlebury College in Vermont where she also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Environmental Studies Program. A lifelong feminist, she has a strong interest in social and environmental justice issues, particularly in the international context. Originally from British Columbia, Heidi splits her time between Vermont and western Canada.

Heidi Grasswick Supporting Member