Meet Sid de Haan – Chief Inspiration Officer for the Blitz Mexico Trip

Sid DeHaanAs you may know, a few Blitz community members and their nearest and dearest are taking a trek down to Tijuana, Mexico to build a house for a deserving family.This intrepid crew of Edmontonians are leaving on a jet plane to not just build a house, but to build a place where others can impact their community.Each week, from now until they take off, you will meet a couple of members on the build team.This week, meet Sid DeHaan, Chief Inspiration Officer for the Tijuana house project.

What’s your name? What do you do for profit?
Sid de Haan. I’m a full-time Assistant Principal with Edmonton Public Schools & part-time Personal Trainer @ Blitz Conditioning

What inspired you to Blitz Tijuana?
This will be my fifth time down to Tijuana. I’m inspired by the people there and their ability to be happy even though they have very few material possessions. It’s humbling and quite a reality check. We have so much we take it for granted and we can learn a lot  from the people we are serving on this trip.

What are you looking forward to the most?
Working with a team of awesome folks who just want to make the world a little bit better.

What role on the construction crew do you want the most?
I like the hard physical jobs the most. Mixing concrete by hand, applying stucco, pounding nails. Jobs where I don’t have to think too much.

What role on the construction crew do you want the least?
Foreman. I’ve been the site foreman before and I don’t like that role very much — I’m glad Ron Van der Linden is coming and is willing to do that job!

What do you want to takeaway from this experience?
Gratitude. Humility.

Do you have anything to say to the people at home?
Often I hear people say things like “When I win the lottery…”. I just want to remind everyone back in YEG that you HAVE won the lottery already! You were born (or live) in Canada!!! We are so fortunate when you think about how most of the world lives. To most people on the planet, we are rich beyond belief.

Be content. Be grateful. Be happy

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