Steve Malone, Founder and director of international programs
Steve, the founder of Healthy Horizons for Children and Families, has been an emergency medical services paramedic since 1984 (Ret as of 2014). Since 2002 he participated in more than 38 missions worldwide, 34 of which were in Honduras. Steve took his first trip to Honduras in February of 2003. On that first mission, after just a couple of days in Honduras, he was touched by what he saw and by his emotions; at that point he knew that this trip would be the first of many more to come! He remembered saying, I dont want to just go back home and only talk about this experience for the next six months; I need to do what I can to help. Steve and his wife Sharon also lived in Mexico for one year 2014 to 2015, where they work closely with the people in the community near San Vicente Guerrero. They quicly realized that education support for the young and old was very important and badly needed. Steve currently (since 2016) work for the Canadian Red Cross in Ontario with the Prevention and safety division.
On Novemeber 7, 2005, Rotary International awarded him the Paul Harris Award in recognition of his International humanitarian work.
On September 12, 2011, Steve received the Governor General of Canada Exemplary Service Medal, in recognition of his dedication and outstanding service to those in need, both here at home and around the world.
On March 14, 2012 received the Long Service award from the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada in recognition of my contribution to emergency medical services and dedication in serving others.
On November 15, 2013 Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a certificate in International Development .
On February 17, 2014 He received recognition from the Honduras Red Cross for 11 year of service in the country. He was recognized for not only serving the Red Cross, but also for being of service to all people in the country.
Steve believes that many things can be accomplished in Honduras and Mexico with the support of the Canadian people, and the support of both Canadian and Honduran/Mexican organizations. He also understands the importance of creating local partnerships with groups in Honduras/Mexico and will always keep in mind that, even though we are going there to help, we are always going there as guests, and we need to respect the local culture. We are there to serve
Sharon Malone former Director
Sharon has been working as a registered Massage
Therapist for the since 1996. She has run her own practice since 1998 and has lots of experience in managing a small business.
Her greatest motivation to serve, is to improve the conditions for the children
living in Honduras and Mexico one at a time!Sharon
is the one behind the scene, she is the bookkeeper and proof ready Steve
posting! (If there is spelling mistakes, it is because he did not wait for her
to review it before it was sent or posted!!).
She has traveled to Honduras on a few missions already and loves the
country and the people of Honduras.She
feels like the people of Honduras have so much to offer us and feel privileged
to serve them. More recently Sharon lived in Mexico near the small community of Las Avas. She really enjoyed serving in the community and hope to return someday to comtinue serving these wonderful and loveing. Sharon was instrumental in getting HHCF officially registered as a charity in Canada. She has resigned from the board as of May 2018, but will still help on the side :)
Dr Lesly Carolina Hernandez Shachez, Medical Director in Honduras
Dr Shachez serves as our Medical Director in
Honduras since 2010. Dr. Carolina Hernandez is from Honduras, she was born in the capital
city and studied medicine in Cuba, graduating in 2005 with a General medicine
degree and in 2007 she also obtained an internal medicine degree.She
returned to Honduras in 2009 and currently has a medical practice in a small
village of Jesus De Otoro. She is a great addition to our health programs in Honduras and we
are very pleased to have her as part of our organization.
Tom has been living in Honduras for just about 25 years. Originally
from Wisconsin, he first went to Honduras asa volunteer forPeace Corps, working with
beekeeping and protected areas management. Later, among other things, he worked
for eight years as an elementary school teacher in a small bilingual school.
Presently he divides his time between the work with his bees and teaching at
the school. In addition to helping Healthy Horizons, he has also helped many
other medical, dental and eye glass brigades, primarily as a translator.