He may be the best-loved Nicaraguan among Kamloops residents and he’s never even been to Canada. On Tuesday, Gerry Caceres comes to Thompson Rivers University to talk about his most cherished topic — giving.
Caceres has forged close ties with locals as a co-founder, along with former Kamloops resident Don (Monty) Montgomery, of a Nicaraguan surf lodge that enlists tourists to help its surrounding community.
Many Kamloops residents have travelled to his hometown of Chinandega to enjoy the beautiful seaside and his lodge as well as donate time and funds to create opportunities for the underprivileged.
And many hold Caceres dear to their hearts, linking him directly to their life changing experiences.
He’s also an ally in Operation Nicaragua, a Kamloops Fire Rescue humanitarian initiative that’s delivered shipping containers of donated goods to the country, including an ambulance.
And he’s president of the Environmental Protection Committee for northern Nicaragua, a National Board of Fire Chiefs member and a past advisor to his country’s president.
On Tuesday evening, he comes to TRU to talk about his “voluntourism” venture, Monty’s Lodge, and the rewards of humanitarian work.
The free event begins at 6 p.m. in the international building.