The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer: From Maine to Thailand

This is a different book about the Peace Corps experience. It shows how the author’s growing up in Acadian French-speaking Maine prepared him for service as one of the first volunteers in Thailand. His unique background in the Acadian French culture of Northern Maine helped him to work effectively in Thailand, and thereby helped to shape the Peace Corps in the vibrant organization it i More

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About Roger Parent

Roger Parent is a Trustee of the South Bend Community School Corporation. He is a founder and President of World Dignity, Inc., a nonprofit organization with programs and activities in Thailand, India, and South Bend, Indiana.

Roger was one of the first Peace Corps Volunteers. He served in Thailand Group 1 for two years ending in August, 1963. He was also Director of the Peace Corps in Haiti and Grenada in the late 1980’s. He served South Bend, Indiana, as Councilman from 1972 to 1979 and as its Mayor from 1980 to 1987.

Roger was born in Lille, Maine. He attended elementary school in Lille, and was salutatorian of his class at Van Buren Boys High School (Maine). He earned a Bachelor degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Economics, from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, (1961) and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame (1966)

Roger Parent and his spouse Rolande (Ouellette) Parent, (born in Van Buren, Maine) have four children and six grandchildren. They live in South Bend, Indiana.

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