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Inside/out with Dennis Gaboury, the inspiration behind Zim Kids - www.zimkids.org
Kubatana.net
July 22, 2009

Describe yourself in five words?
Creative, fun-loving, smart, sometimes quite stupid, caring.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Target, target, target. You can't do everything for everybody.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I am a stone fanatic, especially Zimbabwean stones. I carve it and when I find a pile of beautiful rocks of serpentine, opal, or spring stone I go crazy, buy it and load the car down so much the shocks get demolished.

What is your most treasured possession?
My friends.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The inability to laugh at oneself or one's situation.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
The hair growing out of my ear lobes courtesy of my Canadian French peasant forebears and my aging body.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Zimbabwean fruit serpentine - LOTS of it!

What have you got in your fridge?
In America we have anything we want. But I can't imagine life without Hellman's Mayonnaise or butter.

What is your greatest fear?
Being betrayed.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
I'm in my pajamas, so nothing at the moment.

What is your favourite journey?
In February 2009 I drove the coffin of one of my children, Brian Dube, along with his relatives to their rural area for burial. They sang all the way and when we arrived they opened their arms to me and made me feel like I was a member of the family.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Sipho Nyoni and Tinashe Basa, and all my zimkids. They inspire me with their grace, their tenacity, dedication and their ability to smile in the face of very difficult circumstances.

When and where were you happiest?
When I am with the children in Pumula North. And when at home in the States in the mountains north of New York. The best of both worlds.

What's your biggest vice?
I smoke. YUK!

What were you like at school?
I was a bit of a rabble-rouser.

What are you doing next?
I never know. Life takes me to where I belong. Somehow it all works in the end.

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