Bracelet of Hope Staff

Samuel Mpakanyane

Social Worker in Lesotho

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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.

Elise Zajdlik

Community Outreach Coordinator

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Elise studied biomedical sciences at the University of Guelph but discovered that her curiosity, if not passion, lay elsewhere. She put her academic career on hold and returned to Lesotho in September of 2017.

She has both a deep understanding and respect for the mission and values that founded the organization in 2005. As Community Outreach Coordinator, she is looking forward to creating unique and exciting ways for all demographics of the community to meaningfully engage and contribute to putting an end to the HIV/AIDs pandemic in Lesotho.

Hannah Briggs

Grant Coordinator

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Hannah holds an Honours BA in International Development that focused mostly on politics, development and gender. In the last eight years, Hannah has worked with various charities and development organizations, spending most of her time abroad in Haiti, but also getting the opportunity to travel to countries like Peru and Kenya.

Hannah has a strong passion for young people and collaborative development work and she is truly inspired by the movement she gets to be a part of here at Bracelet of Hope!

Board Members

John Zardo

Chair of the Board

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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

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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 McGrath

Vice Chair of the Board

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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.

Dave Barker

Director, former Chair of the Board

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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

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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

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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.

Gordon Riddle

Board Member

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Gord has enjoyed a colourful 25 year career working in a wide range of roles in several industries, and in companies from large transnationals to entrepreneurial startups. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the University of Guelph, and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Gord is now a management consultant, and is an active board member of ‘Bracelet of Hope’, a Canadian charity working collaboratively with NGOs and the people of Lesotho to achieve the UNAIDS goal of 90-90-90, an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDs epidemic.

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.

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