Board Of Directors 2019 - 2020
Dora Anie, Founder
Dora Anie (Aug. 23, 1949 - June 2019) was born and raised in Mepom, Ghana, West Africa. She was educated and taught school in Ghana for three years before immigrating to Canada to join her husband in 1973. She attended Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and received a diploma in Secretarial Arts and Bookkeeping. Dora completed her Life Coaching Training with Coaching Training Institute (CTI). She was the mother of two beautiful daughters, but has “raised more children than she can count”. Dora was a member of MacNab Street Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.
To give back to her own community here in Canada, Dora volunteered in many capacities for organizations such as Wellwood Cancer Support Centre, the Living Rock, an organization that helps and empowers at risk youth, and Empowerment Squared Homework Club that helps new immigrant children with their reading and writing.
Barbara Anie, President
Barbara Anie stepped into the role of President after her mother’s passing in June 2019. Previously, Barbara was a key volunteer on the Marketing & Communications committee. Barbara works tirelessly to support all aspects of the charity, committed to building Dora's legacy as she leads us into the next chapter for Schools of Dreams. Barbara is a member of the planning committee for the annual fundraising gala ‘A Taste of Africa’.
Aaron Fierling is a thriving entrepreneur and business development strategist. He began his life’s passion at the early age of 20 by purchasing his first restaurant and by the age of 22 he owned and operated his second. After a few years of growth Aaron liquidated both assets and moved into the Financial Industry where he went on to win several awards and honours. Since then, he has been a founder or partner in several successful start-ups and has transitioned into a role of empowering new business owners through the incredible journey of entrepreneurship. Aaron is honoured to be a member of the SOD Boars of Directors, joined by individuals who share his passion for philanthropy and who also believe in the equalizing and empowering strength of education worldwide.
Luke Fillion is honoured to be a board member. A singer, photographer and rollercoaster enthusiast, he enjoys the opportunity to help his community (“Fillion’s Footsteps for Palliative Care”) and the global community through Schools of Dreams. Like his SOD colleagues, Luke wants a brighter future for all people. Luke is a member of the planning committee for the annual fundraising gala ‘A Taste of Africa’.
Franca Hoda has a career of demonstrated senior leadership in human resources and has guided a number of Southern Ontario hospitals through the complex challenges associated with restructuring, mergers and governance transfer. Currently, Franca is self-employed as a human resources consultant, primarily within the healthcare sector. She holds an MBA in Personnel Management from McMaster University.
Franca is honoured to be a part of Schools of Dreams alongside a dedicated group of volunteers who work passionately to make our mission of building safe learning environments for young children in Ghana a reality. Franca is overseeing the leadership of “A Taste of Africa”, our annual fundraiser for a third year.
Deborah McIvor has been involved with Schools of Dreams ever since May 2018, when Dora sat next to her at a women in entrepreneurship luncheon and asked her if she wanted to attend ‘A Taste of Africa’. Dora’s passion and commitment was contagious, and after seeing the smiling faces of the children that Schools of Dreams serves, there was only ‘yes’.
Deborah is pleased to help continue Dora’s legacy, now as a member of the Board of Directors 2019-2020. Deborah has 18 years experience as a public relations practitioner, specializing in digital marketing, social media and event management. She currently oversees the Marketing & Communications committee and is a member of the planning committee for the annual fundraising gala ‘A Taste of Africa’.
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Hazel Quammie is Jamaican by birth. After graduating from High School, she worked in the government service for a few years before emigrating to the USA. She holds a BSc degree in Accounting from the City University of New York. On moving to Canada, she worked in providing services for newcomers to the country, where she developed a passion for helping the underprivileged among us. This passion is transferred to working with Schools of Dreams to help provide better learning conditions for children in Ghana. Hazel has been a long-term member of the planning committee for the annual fundraising gala ‘A Taste of Africa’.
In addition to our Board of Directors, Schools of Dreams wishes to acknowledge the dedicated work of our on-site Project Agent in Ghana: Alex Sarpong
Alex Sarpong is an independent contractor for Alaro Engineering’s Road & Construction division and a retired Chief Technician Engineer of Ghana’s Ministry of Roads & Highways. He is a graduate of St. Paul’s Technical School in Kukurantumi and holds a City & Guilds of London certification in building construction, with a two-part Construction Technician certificate from Accra Polytechnic. Alex generously employs his knowledge and experience in construction, building engineering and surveying to bring our projects from mere concept to completion since 2004. With his own money, he has helped countless children achieve a higher education from elementary to high school. He believes in education not only for his own children, but also for every child. We at Schools Of Dreams are all very grateful for his invaluable contribution to our mission.