Board of Directors
Lorna Pitcher - Founder and President
After her March Break visit to Lira in 2007 Lorna, a former lawyer, retired from teaching and founded Ugandan Orphans Fund (the predecessor to Children of Hope Uganda- Canada ). She is happy to be keeping her promise, made to the original 43 beneficiary children, that she would try to get help for them on her return to Canada. Lorna takes great pleasure in speaking to school groups, church groups, Rotary clubs, and holding sales of the beautiful paper-bead jewelry, baskets, and sewn crafts made by caregivers of the beneficiary children. She feels lucky to help.
Studying International Relations and African Studies at U of T, Calvin is actively involved in various community development projects in East Africa. During the summer of 2011, Calvin spent 2 months volunteering at the COHU project in Lira and he immediately felt connected with the community. Calvin worked with the Ugandan team to improve project efficiency and the monitoring and accountability reporting systems. He has loved working with the Canadian team on further developing COHU.
Francis Akena Adyanga
Francis, currently a PhD candidate at OISE/U of T, grew up in northern Uganda. He earned his B.A. and B.Ed from Makerere University, Kampala and his M.A., Sociology from OISE U of T, with his thesis on “The Catastrophe of Education in Civil War areas, Uganda”. In 2006 and 2007 he received training from Save The Children, Uganda in child protection policy, project proposal writing and good governance and management. In 2006 Francis was a Teaching Assistant at Gulu University, Faculty of Education, and served as Program Co-Ordinator for Gulu Development Agency, a Ugandan NGO. Francis’s personal experience and his expertise in education and reintegrating war victims in northern Uganda make an invaluable contribution to the COHU Board of Directors.
Mary, a Quaker from London, Ontario, spends half of each year in Uganda and visits the project regularly to monitor progress. Mary has been following the progress of the 4 school Income Generating Activities at Barlonyo Technical and Vocational Institute. She was proud to preside at the January, 2011 Graduation of the first graduates of the COHU tailoring class and to award a treadle sewing machine to each graduate. Mary was the honoured guest on November 27, 2012 at the 2nd BTVI Graduation Ceremony, the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Barlonyo Early Childhood Development Centre and the Graduation of the first ECDC young graduates to Primary 1.
Alex first supported COHU as a member of Upper Canada College’s Entrepreneurial Club in 2010. He is now a Chemistry and Physics double major at Trinity College, University of Toronto and continues to work on building the website and shop while providing technical advice. He is Co-President of the COHU university of Toronto chapter and periodically gets the chance to run charity sales. Alex was elected to the board of directors in January 2013 and became COHU’s treasurer in March 2014.
Chase McNabb – Head of social media
Chase McNabb became involved with COHU in September 2011. He is a second-year student pursuing a double major in African, and Peace, Conflict and Justice studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He visited Uganda in August of 2011, volunteering at a local HIV/AIDS orphanage and rural schools for a month. Chase is in charge of social media marketing and looks forward to spreading the COHU story to university and high school campuses across Canada.
Jeffrey is the President and CEO of Danier Leather Canada, the founding and continuing funder of Barlonyo Technical and Vocational Institute. His financial advice is much valued.
Cayleigh and her husband,Patrick were on a year-long sabatical in Africa from their Toronto teaching jobs when they volunteered at the project for 5 weeks in June/July 2012. They worked alongside Esther Atoo , COHU’s Ugandan Director and Solomon Adiyo, Director of the Barlonyo vocational school to update accountability reporting systems. Cayleigh’s and Patrick’s photography skills are evident in the offline catalogue in the COHU Shop and elsewhere on the site.