BY DEAD RECKONING
Journeys on a Road Less Travelled
By William H. Ellis
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This narrative spans seventy years of my life.
The journey begins with my family in Africa, growing up in Canada, joining the Canadian Army then leaving a promising military career to return to university to follow my calling, my life’s passion as a civil and agricultural engineer and hydrologist serving the least of our brethren.
It chronicles a road less traveled—where I went, what I experienced, what I learned, what I missed, what I left behind…what I witnessed in a journey that took me to developing countries around the world.
My calling often meant taking risks for the sake of others, pushing the limits, and living on the edge—not intentionally but simply because it came with the territory.
William H. Ellis
Driving home through Nigeria on a hot, hot day.
I recall Africa and my connection with the land. Africa runs deep in my roots and I explain the significance of the Matobo Hills to my parents and my family.
My legacy is these adventures and my how I've lived my life. All based on what my mother told my sister and I when we asked her 'why are we here'?