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sipho kwaku

Chair

sipho kwaku joined WoodGreen Community Services in 2002 as Director of Homelessness & Housing Help and Mental Health & Developmental Services and in 2008 he was appointed Director of Employment Services.

He has a great passion for community building and has volunteered with numerous local organizations and is also active in international development projects;  key among them is his volunteer work with CUSO in Tanzania, East Africa, Ghana, West Africa, and with Yensomu Youth and Community Development.

In 1998, sipho was initiated through the NROPI Rite of Passage Process, (facilitated by Paul Hill Jr.) and in 2007 he introduced Rights of Passage into the programming at WoodGreen Community Services. Since then the program process has gained international praise for its success in engaging young people of Afrikan descent as active builders of their community.

He was educated and trained in the United States & Canada in Community Economic Development and holds a M.Sc. in Community Economic Development, and a B.Sc. in science.

Maureen Henry

Vice-Chair

Maureen Henry is a passionate community activist, who has demonstrated a keen understanding of the challenges and imperatives for the target community.

She is an Employment counselor within the non- profit sector and was also a past board member of Community Microskills Development Centre over 15 years and has volunteered with Costi & OFA- Opportunity for Advancement an organization that assisted women who wanted to change their lives.

She brings to CAFCAN an understanding of board functions, significant experience in a prominent social services environment and extensive skills in capacity building and development.

Maame Ama Asaaba

Secretary

Maame Asaaba is a registered social worker who is enthusiastic about breaking barriers and creating inspiring opportunities to enhance the well-being and social functioning of individuals, families and groups.

As a member of the African Canadian Community, Maamehas built strong connections within high priority, low-income urban neighborhoods and she has worked with at risk youth in the education community, probation and custodial settings. Her experience extends to working with individuals with behavioral and mental health issues.

Maame has conducted programs/events and facilitated lifeskills learnings such as substance use, cultural knowledge, employment, self-awareness and anger management.

As a young professional, she has the ability to interact accordingly with clients from diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds and diverse age groups from a client-centered, critical, anti-oppressive perspective.

Abu Jammeh

Treasurer

Abu Jammeh is an auditor at a midsize public accounting firm in Toronto. “I understand the governance process of non-profit entities and a significant amount of my time is spent communicating with committees and Board of Directors. As a result, I will bring strong financial oversight as a member of those charged with governance.

During my teenage years, I received a lot of support and mentoring from organizations just like CAFCAN which has allowed me to reach my full potential. In this role as a board member, I hope to support CAFCAN in its mandate to help the younger generation the same way other organizations have done for me.”

Janet Millington

Director at Large

Janet Millington is a 25 year Community and Social Services practitioner.

She is is a proud alumnus of Humber College; a small business owner – who has worked on promoting Black Canadian talent through her events and PR Company -Lynden Management.

Janet engages with the community and understands social services. She had been involved as the first Black Trustee and Secretary at her former CUPE local and she was a member of the CUPE Ontario Racial Justice Committee for two years, which was instrumental in developing anti-racism/equity policy for CUPE Ontario.

She has experience in interpreting and applying legislation including Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy Act and has training in Conflict Management, Effective Communication, and LG TB Q ++Language.

Janet believes in creating and maintaining positive energy to feed the mind, body and living soul.

Tka Pinnock

Director at Large

Tka Pinnock is the Program Coordinator for the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora.

She is actively committed to community service and has spent more than a decade volunteering and working in the non-profit sector. Tka is most proud of her work in the Jamaican diaspora.

She currently serves on the board of the Lifelong Leadership Institute, and is a former board member of the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations and the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association. 

In 2012, she received the Town of Markham’s Recognition Award for Community Service.

Elijah Santibanez

Director at Large

Elijah Santibanez is currently a senior auditor at a large public accounting firm in Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and is a designated CPA since September 2019.

He has more than 4 years of experience in audit, assurance, and accounting, including work experience from a Big 4 global accounting firm and from the Ontario Government.

He is knowledgeable in international financial reporting standards, Canadian accounting standards for private enterprises, and Canadian public sector accounting standards.

Elijah also has experience in governance processes as an advisor to an educational board of trustees and to a board of directors of a local church. In this position as part of the Board of Directors of CAFCAN, he hopes to support the mandate of the Board, providing the necessary skills to support the functions of the governance body and embodying the values of the organization.