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Barry J Finlay

I had an extensive career in financial management before retiring in 2004, after thirty two years with the Canadian federal government. I am a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) who dabbles in the arts as I am also an award winning decorative wood carver. Since retiring, I have divided my time between working as a consultant on financial policy matters, travel, playing golf, climbing mountains, philanthropy and enjoying my two grandchildren.

I have always tried to stay active but working at a desk for so many years eventually catches up. A visit to the family doctor, along with a number of other converging events, encouraged me to take hold of my life and gave me the motivation to climb a mountain. The desire to pursue philanthropy was spawned while growing up on the family farm in Manitoba, Canada and was nurtured by the experience of meeting the African children who would directly benefit from our fundraising.

My interest in writing grew throughout my career while my skills were being honed by authoring countless financial policies. While my family always encouraged me to inject  humour into the financial policies, it just didn’t seem appropriate somehow. Now that time is a little more readily available, I have taken the opportunity to put my writing skills and sense of humour to good use. The experience of climbing Africa’s highest mountain at age 60 with one of my sons, and discovering the satisfaction of reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs, was a book waiting to be written. Kilimanjaro and Beyond, written with my son Chris, is my first novel but now that I have discovered the joy of writing something other than policies, I am hopeful it won’t be my last.


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A Note From Barry J Finlay

Hello Manic Readers,

It is a pleasure to be part of this community.  My first book, Kilimanjaro and Beyond - A Life-Changing Journey, is now complete and available at the usual online locations.  It has been an incredible journey for me.  I learned how to help myself by getting off the couch and doing something active. And it was really active! I climbed Africa's highest mountain at age 60 with my son in January 2009.  I also learned what it is like to help others as my family and I have raised about $46,000 to build a classroom, drill a well and help some young women in Africa start small businesses.

Anyone can do it, but perhaps you can get some inspiration to get you started from Kilimanjaro and Beyond

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