Hi, I am a sixty-three year old innkeeper. In a former lifetime I was a school teacher and administrator. I am married to a Ghanaian. We have two wonderful kids, one here in Ghana and the other in Canada. As a young man I spent ten years in Africa. Now we have been back for ten years, plenty of time to see what life and business is all about and hopefully plenty of time to try to create awareness with the hope that there may be a hint of change around me.
Here in Ghana I am deeply involved in the GHANA HOTELS ASSOCIATION and THE ROTARY CLUB. With the G.H.A. I am a former Ashanti regional secretary and now Special Assistant to the Chairman and with Kumasi East Rotary Club I am the in-coming secretary having SERVED as the chair of Club SERVICES. The motto of the Ghana Hotels Association is “SERVICE, with a smile.” and that of Rotary is “SERVICE above self.”
Have you ever tried to sum up your life in one word? Well, I guess for yours truly,Chris Scott, it would be the word “SERVICE.” After university, I joined the Canadian University SERVICES Overseas and left for Africa to SERVE in the Zambian Education SERVICE for two years. Then I transferred to Ghana to SERVE another two years as a volunteer working for the Ghanaian Education SERVICE all teaching English as a Second Language. This was followed by another six years with the Ghanaian Education SERVICE on local contract training teachers to take up positions in the primary and middle schools of Ghana.
Back in Canada, I worked for the Quebec Education SERVICE as a teacher for four years, then as a pedagogical consultant for Teaching SERVICES promoting a wide variety of courses in the elementary and secondary schools for the same school board. Following this came two years as an Education Officer with Protestant Education SERVICE promoting a non-proselytizing moral and religious education program across the Province of Quebec. Then came two years as a private education consultant operating my own firm Making a Difference (MAD) Education SERVICES. My career in education came to an end in 1999 following six years as a primary school and special education teacher in the James Bay Native Cree Education SERVICE.
Now for ten years, I’ve been back in Ghana operating FOUR VILLAGES INN. Customer SERVICE and client based SERVICE are our watchwords.
And as stated above, the main intent of this blog is to provide a SERVICE, to create awareness and promote change in Ghana, the country where I have spent almost half my adult life… SERVING.