He is committed to tackling the root causes of poverty by investing in Education, Health, Water, Agriculture and Income generation activities. In 1990, he Co-Founded the A Better World Canada with a handful of like-minded-people and $5000. Today, it has grown to working in 14 countries and over 2600 people have traveled to see and work at project sites. 100% of project donations go to projects, with operations funded separately.
Donors can get directly involved in projects, helping to decide how their money is spent. They often visit projects and meet local people to see the returns on their investments. Through long term involvement in communities A Better World provides sustainable solutions to improve lives.
In 2011, Eric received the Alberta Order of Excellence, the highest honour bestowed on a citizen by the province. Eric was also among the 50 Champions of Change finalists for CBC and Outpost magazine in 2010, named a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow in 2004, and has received several other local awards. In May 2014, he will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Andrews University and will give the commencement address. He is currently a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence Council.
Eric is an immigrant to Canada from Sri Lanka, where Canadian missionaries helped his mother get an education, allowing his family to immigrate to Canada. Through reflections on his personal experiences, Eric motivates people to identify and follow their inspirations
In addition to volunteering as A Better World’s executive director, Eric owns a business computer company, Advanced Systems, which he founded in 1986. He is married to Candi Schafer and has two adult sons, Brenden and Jaden. They make their home in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
He believes that everyone can make a difference in making this world a better place.