Member Presentation — Claudio Bussandri
Philanthropy and Photography
(Monday, October 24, 2016)
Claudio F. Bussandri is a retired business leader who commits his time to improving the quality of life of the community and the healthcare environment. He has personified civic engagement and continues to be a role model for many.
Throughout his life, Claudio has succeeded at every endeavour despite having a very severe hearing impairment. Without hearing aids, he simply cannot hear any speech at all, and would not be able to communicate in the hearing world. Although this impairment represents a significant challenge, it has never stood in his way. From a very young age, he made the decision to not only overcome it but also to strive to help others facing the same challenge who would otherwise suffer the loss of understanding, education, job opportunities and a full enjoyment of life.
In 2010, he extended his work beyond Quebec’s and Canada’s borders, becoming an activist on an international scale. He is the Founder of World Wide Hearing Foundation International, whose mandate is to screen for hearing loss and provide hearing aids to children and young adults in developing countries. It has projects in Jordan, Guatemala and will be expanding to Peru and the Philippines.
His passion for photography was kindled in university when a friend of his allowed him to use his Minolta camera — he has been hooked ever since. He enjoys travel, landscape, people and street photography.
This presentation will include images commenting on the mission of World Wide Hearing’s projects around the world. Photographs will show primary and secondary students and staff at three schools in the town of Mazatenango, Guatemala.
The second part of the presentation will include travel photographs of Guatemala City, Antigua and the mountain village of Santa Maria de Jesus.