It is with a heavy heart that Operation Shanti announces the passing of our Chairman and Head of Fundraising, Keith Maillard. Keith passed away suddenly at his home in Vermont on Saturday, February 2, 2013. A strong proponent for youth as keepers of the future, Keith was involved as an active volunteer with numerous not-for-profit organizations over the past 30 years, aiding countless at-risk and homeless youth. For Operation Shanti, Keith was more than willing and eager to provide his years of experience and knowledge to our grassroots efforts. Having been involved with Operation Shanti since the beginning, Keith was an integral part of the roots of Operation Shanti and played a key role in expanding our vision into what it is today. He will be deeply missed by the Operation Shanti family, who came to know Keith as just a really great guy and a good and sincere friend, and by all of those whose lives he touched.