Bracelet of Hope Staff

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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.

Board Members

Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik

Founder

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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 Curtis-McGrath

Chair

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Tracey Curtis McGrath has been a financial advisor since 1991 and a partner with RichardsonGMP Partners with the Curtis Tenpenny Wealth Management Group, and actively involved with Bracelet of Hope since 2013.

Tracey is a recipient of the YMCA Women of Distinction in 2017, and very involved with the Guelph Community as Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Guelph and serving as President 2020/2021.

Tracey is passionate about the people of Lesotho as she lived in South Africa as a child. Tracey has visited Lesotho several times to visit the foster homes, meet with local Lesotho dignitaries, provide business mentorship, and work with SolidarMed with the mobile health units. She is passionate about partnering with the UN and the 2030 goals of eradicating AIDS globally.

Gordon Riddle

Vice Chair

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Gord Riddle joined the board in 2018 with a primary focus of bringing the mobile health clinic to reality, by forming partnerships, and working with partners to operationalize it. He is board vice-chair, and chair of the fundraising committee. He is driven by the desire to help people that need help. Gord has traveled to the homes in Lesotho and was there for the launch of the first unit in March 2020.

Gord is a partner in a property development company, and has a long career spanning manufacturing, operations consulting, financial services, and pharmaceutical industry product development. He holds an MSc. and MBA.

John Zardo

Treasurer

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John is a CPA CMA (Certified Accountant). John currently works at Linamar. In the past 33 years with Linamar, John has held positions in accounting and operations. Currently John is General Manager of the Linamar facility in Kentucky.

John is the Treasurer for Bracelet of Hope. John is also a past Chair of the Board and has been part of the Bracelet of Hope team since 2015.

Kelly Hunter

Director

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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

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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.

Lindsay Sytsma

Board Member

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Lindsay is supporter of community-building both near and far and is drawn to causes that work to develop sustainable solutions. With more than 10 years of experience in fundraising and project management within the not-for-profit sector, Lindsay believes that we all have something to give that can make the world a better place.

She joined the Bracelet of Hope in September 2017 and is excited by the upcoming vision of seeing One Country: AIDS Free. In her down time she is a wife, mom, avid reader and a passionate Guelphite. She is currently working on a Masters Degree with the University of Waterloo.

Jocelyn Rivers

Board Member

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Jocelyn brings a unique perspective to the organization with her diverse background in multidisciplinary studies – international development, gender studies, agri-food, and animal, environmental, and human health. Bridging the different fields and applying outside the box thinking, she brings an approach to helping create effect systems around health solutions.

Jocelyn started volunteering with BoH in 2014 and has been an active member of the Board helping to leverage partnerships in the community and internationally since 2017. Specifically, her focus with BoH is Governance, Strategy and Development, and Health Applications. Finishing PhD studies in Public Health at the University of Guelph, Jocelyn also enjoys being a new mom and spending time in nature with her husband and dog.

Sean Yo

Board Member

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Sean Yo builds software and community, ideally at the same time. A veteran of the IT and Software industries with more than 20 years of experience, Sean is also a community leader with a focus on inclusion and diversity. Sean built his first website in 1996 and today he is a software product leader delivering applications to millions of users online as well as teaching at Conestoga College.

Sean is very grateful for his past opportunities to volunteer with Not-For-Profits in Kathmandu, Nepal and with his family’s charity in Java, Indonesia. Through this work, Sean has learned the value and impact of building capacity in developing communities and how to approach this work with humility and gratitude. Ever since reading Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa by Stephen Lewis, Sean has been inspired to make a difference in Africa and is deeply thankful for the opportunity to join the Board of Bracelet of Hope as of 2019.

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