Bracelet of Hope Staff

Candice Coghlan Director of Business Development

Candice brings many years of successful fundraising and development leadership to Bracelet of Hope.

Candice has worked in fundraising and development in the non-profit world now for over six years, and has been volunteering for over fifteen.

She is a YWCA Woman of Distinction and one of the twenty faces of “Life for 1500” wall for Trillium Gift of Life Network. Candice is proud to be part of Bracelet of Hope's team working tirelessly to support children and families affected by HIV & AIDS in Lesotho. She is inspired by her work daily and is passionate about changing the lives for our future leaders!

Samuel Mpakanyane Social Worker in Lesotho

Samuel is our social worker in Lesotho and is responsible for ensuring the well being of the children of our Foster Homes. His desire has always been to help people less fortunate, particularly children.

Many of the children that have come to our Foster Homes have had traumatic and difficult experiences, and through therapy and counselling, Samual has helped them to lead happy and normal lives.

Tori Reynolds Volunteer Coordinator

In the past five years Tori has worked in various roles in the non-profit sector. Tori has gained experience in finance, fundraising and event planning. Most importantly working with the volunteers who help make it all possible.

Tori started as volunteer with Bracelet of Hope due to the shared values and vision of the organization, as well the respect for the people who contribute to Bracelet of Hopes success. As Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Tori brings an attitude of optimism and enthusiasm to create a mutually beneficial relationship between volunteers and the support they provide.

Board of Directors

John Zardo Chair of the Board

John works at Linamar. He is currently the Chair of the board and also plays a key role as a member of the governance committee.

Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik Founder

Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik is a family physician and regional HIV specialist. She is the founding director of Bracelet of Hope and a previous board member of the Ontario Hospital Association’s OHAfrica project and member of the OHAfrica Canadian Medical Team that helped open the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho. The Bracelet of Hope Campaign raised $1 million for the Tsepong Clinic in Lesotho, providing the funding necessary for the clinic’s 2009 operating costs.

Anne-Marie is a recipient of the YMCA’s Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement award, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Guelph, the Nestor Yanga Physician of the year award in 2009 and the Guelph Mercury’s Female Newsmaker of the year in 2005. She was inducted into the McMaster University Alumnae Gallery in 2011. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and received the Order of Ontario in 2010.

It is Dr. Zajdlik’s life work to see the end of AIDS in Lesotho, Africa.

Tracey McGrath Vice Chair of the Board

Tracey McGrath is an investment advisor with McGrath Tenpenny Wealth Management Group / Richardson GMP Limited and has been actively involved with Bracelet of Hope since November of 2013.

She is passionate about helping the people of Lesotho and visited with the Business-to-Business group in October of 2014. In addition to being involved with helping local business owners in Lesotho, Tracey was also involved extensively in helping the children in the Foster Homes and participating in key meetings with high level contacts in Lesotho.

Dr. Rob Butler Director, former Chair of the Board, and head of the Business-To-Business group

Dr. Robert Butler is a practicing veterinarian and co-owner of the Guelph Animal Hospital as well as a long time veterinary industry consultant. He is an active member of his local church where he served as chair and board member for a number of years focusing on living out the Christian faith while engaging the community.

Both Rob and his wife Marian have completed trips to Lesotho where they were able to witness first-hand the positive social, economic and medical impact that Bracelet of Hope has had on the people of Lesotho. Rob has twice led the Business-to-Business group on visits to Lesotho.

Dave Barker Director, former Chair of the Board

A Commerce and Finance graduate from the University of Toronto, David has a career in financial services spanning 35 years. He has worked with Canada’s largest insurer and two top 10 banks. Currently, David serves as a Gift Planning Consultant with the donor-advised foundation, Abundance Canada, helping people discover and magnify the joy and fulfillment of generously giving to the causes they love and embrace.

David lives in Guelph with his wife, Sharon, who visited Lesotho in 2012 and 2014.

Paul Demarco Director

Paul is the Co-founder of Intrigue Media Canada. He is an entrepreneur and Rotarian who believes that community is vitally important and that getting involved locally can not only help sustain the local community, but international communities as well.

For Paul, becoming involved was a great way for him to not only contribute to a local organization that he believes in, but also an organization that has an international footprint. He has always wanted to help in the fight against HIV / AIDS and saw Bracelet of Hope as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Paul joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and is thrilled to be a part of such a great organization that helps in assisting the people of Lesotho every day. He made his first trip there in 2013.

Kelly Hunter Director

Kelly Hunter is a primary health care nurse practitioner who has worked in general practice since 2003. Her major focus has been working with vulnerable populations including the homeless and people with mental health and addictions issues. Prior to that she has worked in a variety of settings including nephrology, pediatric and neonatal intensive care.

In 2013 she had the opportunity to travel to Lesotho with the b2b intiative and since has been excited and eager to help the people of Lesotho end their struggles against AIDS.

She presently chairs the foster home program.

Peter McSherry Board Member

Peter A. McSherry is a lawyer with a practice focused on Labour, Employment, and Human Rights law. He is active in the Guelph Community as a Rotarian, on the Board of Torchlight Services, a former long-term Kiwanian.

Peter joined the Board of Bracelet of Hope in 2016, and is very happy to be part of this organization, which makes a difference in the lives of children in Lesotho.