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Pinch Me
A Long Walk From the Prairies
Beth Rowles Scott

Beth Rowles Scott invites you to walk with her as she tells about her prairie childhood, her challenging career and her fulfilling senior years. At 63 she marries the love of her life, George Scott. Scott, a retired teacher and school administrator, in 1993 along with her husband George founded the African Canadian Continuing Education Society (ACCES), a non-profit organization and model NGO that has helped provide thousands of Kenyans with access to education. Pinch Me: A Long Walk from the Prairies reveals how Scott, a “fat little girl from Saskatchewan”, discovers a three-prong happiness formula: Someone to Love, Something to Do and Something to Look Forward To.
Leaving her Prairie home for the greener pastures of the West Coast, she starts a new life in British Columbia where she becomes the first female principal of a secondary school in the province. After retiring from a successful career in education, at age 63 she meets the love of her life and together they establish ACCES, an organization that enables impoverished Kenyan children and youth to improve their lives through education. ACCES (which ensures that 100 percent of donations to its programs go directly to those programs) has given more than 1,100 scholarships to university/college students and has established ten primary schools serving more than 1,200 children each year in grades 1-8.


Beth Rowles Scott
Beth grew up in rural Saskatchewan in the 1930s and completed a teacher’s certificate at the University of Saskatchewan, assuming teaching positions in Big River and Saskatoon. After moving to B.C., she took up teaching and administration positions in the Surrey school district, where she later became a secondary school principal, the only female principal in B.C. at the time. During this period, she achieved a BA and a BEd at the University of British Columbia, followed by a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational administration.
Beth and her husband, George Scott, are the founders of the African Canadian Continuing Education Society (ACCES). The organization has provided education funding and facilities for thousands of children and young adults in rural Kenya. In 2006, the Scotts were recognized as “Outstanding Canadians” by the Corporation of the City of White Rock, B.C., and Beth was named “Woman of the Year” by Soroptomist International of White Rock, an organization devoted to improving the lives of women and girls in the community and the world.
Currently working on a novel, Beth lives in Surrey, B.C.


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Memoir / Education / Africa
6” x 9” 224 pages
ISBN 978-1-894694-74-2 Paperback $19.95 CDN / $17.95 US



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