Our Blog Authors

The following is a listing of our blog authors, their bios and a link their posts. We hope you will enjoy reading our stories including the life changing experiences of those who visit Haiti to help Hands Across the Sea.

Karen HuxterKaren Huxter (340)

Karen Huxter, the founder and Director of Hands Across the Sea, was born in Springdale, Newfoundland and is proud of her Newfie roots and heritage. She lived in various places across Canada such as Quebec, the Yukon, Ontario, Alberta and BC before moving to Haiti in 1995. In her professional career, Karen worked in teaching, banking and administration and did extensive volunteer work with community groups and charities. A mother of two grown daughters, one young adopted son and seven grandchildren, Karen is energetic and passionate about the work in Haiti. She loves each of the children and has a heart of compassion for children, women and families in the country of Haiti.

HATS VisitorsHATS Visitors (280)

HATS – Haiti encourages individuals and work teams to travel to Haiti to be a part of the work we are doing. Those who come to Haiti are given the opportunity to join in construction projects, visit in the local community, spend time with the children, and minister in church. You can help us in our work for the most needy and most vulnerable members of Haiti’s population. Come be transformed by seeing the need and being a part of meeting that need. Be part of the story

Keith WightKeith Wight (89)

Joan and Keith Wight have been involved with HATS since 2011. Keith is a retired airline pilot and previously volunteered with missions in Belize, Zimbabwe, Panama and Honduras in various capacities. Joan is a retired music teacher and uses her abilities to assist with the office work and tutor the children at HATS. Since retiring they have committed to 4 months per year in Haiti. They live in Montreal and have 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 2 grandsons.

Sandra MacDonaldSandra MacDonald (41)

Sandra Macdonald has been involved with HATS since 2005. She participates in fundraising events, travels to Haiti annually, and is responsible for organizing all visiting teams to Haiti. A retired administrative assistant, Sandra loves to dote on her grandchildren in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Joan WightJoan Wight (34)

Joan and Keith Wight have been involved with HATS since 2011. Keith is a retired airline pilot and previously volunteered with missions in Belize, Zimbabwe, Panama and Honduras in various capacities. Joan is a retired music teacher and uses her abilities to assist with the office work and tutor the children at HATS. Since retiring they have committed to 4 months per year in Haiti. They live in Montreal and have 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 2 grandsons.

Dana KayalDana Kayal (33)

Dana Kayal has been supporting the work of HATS since 2000. A successful entrepreneur, Dana regularly promotes the organization and raises funds for Hands Across the Sea in her role as a Director with Epicure. Dana lives in Kelowna, BC with her three children and her chickens.

Liette WilsonLiette Wilson (32)

Liette Wilson has been involved with Hands Across the Sea since 2000. She lived in Haiti from 1995-1997 and has been involved with international development initiatives since that time. A literacy teacher and mother of four in Calgary, she loves knowing that her work with this organization makes a tangible difference in the lives of children and families in Haiti. Liette is currently responsible for the sponsorship program for which she travels to Haiti each year.

Beate RufftBeate Rufft (28)

Beate Rufft, was introduced to Hands Across the Sea and our founder, Karen Huxter in 2010, after seeing the devastation of the earthquake and wanting to volunteer in the country. An elementary school teacher in Ontario, Beate has previously worked with homeless children in Columbia and orphans in El Salvador. Beate is currently serving as Board Secretary and travels to Haiti each year. She is a proud to support the vital work that HATS does for the children and families in the community of Deschapelles.

Jim SteerJim Steer (17)

I first visited Haiti in 1989 and felt God drawing me back there in 2009. After speaking with Karen I was added to a team for 2010 and have been returning regularly since. I felt I had something to offer the mission but soon discovered that I received much more than I could ever give. God has blessed me so much through all the people I have met there, especially the children. The country is beautiful, the people a delight and the time at the mission flies by.

David NanceDavid Nance (12)

David N. Nance has been involved with Hands Across the Sea since 2008. He believes that one of the greatest privileges of his life has been the opportunity to travel to HATS with mission teams from Texas. Karen and the HATS staff have welcomed them with open arms and each team that has traveled to HATS has left with a piece of their hearts behind. David lives in Texas with his beautiful wife Allison and their three kids. He teaches Sunday school and serves on his church’s missions committee. David has recently become a member of the U.S. board that is working towards 301C charitable status.

Dickie MacDonaldDickie MacDonald (11)

Dickie Macdonald has been involved with HATS since 2005. When he learned that Hands Across the Sea was paying a parent organization 10% of all donations to look after the finances and issue receipts, he volunteered to take over the task. An avid community volunteer in Yarmouth and active grandfather to five grandchildren, Dickie is responsible for the financial aspects of the work of our organization and travels to Haiti each year with his wife Sandra.

Lynn McKeeLynn McKee (10)

Lynn was introduced to HATS - Haiti through Liette and their shared interest in playing women's soccer in Calgary, Canada. When Liette requested assistance with the website in 2015, Lynn offered to help out. Lynn now volunteers her time to provide the overall website administration, facilitate the Twitter and Facebook feeds, and various other "behind the scenes" technical assistance.

Tim NewellTim Newell (8)

Tim Newell has been involved with HATS since 2009 when he went on his first visit to Haiti after hearing of the devastation from hurricanes in the area. Wanting to do something, his wife challenged him by asking, “What is stopping you?” That challenge led to his first incredible experience in Haiti, followed by another visit in 2010 with his wife Heidi & their three children. They were in Haiti during the earthquake but were thankfully protected throughout that experience. Tim has worked in Information Technology and computer security for the past twenty years. He lives in Nova Scotia and currently serves as Board President.

Robert ComeauRobert Comeau (5)

Robert Comeau has been involved with Hands Across the Sea since 2006. He has traveled to Haiti 13 times and has worked on most of the HATS-Haiti projects. Robert and his wife have recently retired after operating a senior’s facility with 17 residents for the past 20 years. Robert, who lives in Nova Scotia, is very happy to be a board member & give of his time & energy to support the work in Haiti.

Don HuxterDon Huxter (5)

Don Huxter has been involved with HATS since 2002. He joined the board in 2009. A retired high school teacher, Don was also a soccer coach and referee for 25 years. He lives with his wife Lila in Springdale, NL. Don is an enthusiastic supporter of Hands Across the Sea and has participated in several successful fundraising campaigns for capital projects in Haiti.