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 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
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 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.”
Director at Large
Shawnee Hardware completed her PhD York University and her research interests include English learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, student engagement and youth community engagement.
She holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Studies specializing in Language and Literacies Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In additional to her academic pursuits, she also has varied English language teaching experiences in Jamaica, Japan and Canada.
Immediate Past Chair, Director at Large
Kemi Jacobs has worked as an Executive Director in social services, hence understand the requirements of funders for accountability, reporting and meeting project requirements.
She was also a director at Toronto Community Housing, where she managed a very large staff. Kemi has management, strategic planning, and programming and communications experience and is very engaged in the community and understands what the social services needs are.
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.