Building Schools Since 2004
Board of Directors
Dora Anie 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 is the mother of two beautiful girls but has “raised more children than she can count”. Dora is an active member of MacNab Street Presbyterian Church.
To give back to her own community here in Canada, Dora volunteers at 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.
Dawn Scaum met Dora Annie in 2006 and recognized Dora’s genuine passion in educating the children in Ghana, and after forming the organization Dawn was proud to be one of the first sponsors of the first school in Mepom and presently is a Board member of School of Dreams.
Dawn has been a volunteer Scout Leader for over 50 years, and has been recognized with medals for her work in Scouting from the past Governor General, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, from the past Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty, and has also been recognized by the Legislature of Ontario for years of service as a volunteer.
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.
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 executive council, joined by individuals who share his passion for philanthropy and who also believe in the equalizing and empowering strength of education worldwide.
Myrna Springer joined Schools of Dreams, bringing with her a career as a teacher of many years, in Hamilton, Ontario.
Myrna’s commitment to charity and learning are inspired by the lack she witnessed working with children who needed assistance.
She believes that a child is a product of the community, and by extension, any good that is done for a child is a greater good to the community.
Ann-Marie Anie is a trained educator for over 15 years and a certified yoga instructor with a passion for inspiring and empowering others towards being their highest and greatest selves. She has a long-standing interest in, and involvement with, social justice and empowering women and children locally and internationally.
Her range of educational experiences both in Hamilton and in the Middle East help to ensure her success with youth and families of diverse backgrounds. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree of English and French, as well as a Masters of Science, specializing in educational technology. She is also trained for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, presenter, co-author of Lincoln Alexander unit, philanthropist, traveler, and curriculum-developer. More recently, she is studying mindfulness, self-regulation and other constituents of well-being, stress, body and behaviour that are neuroscientifically validated.
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.
Chris will have her bio here soon!
Franca Hoda attended McMaster University and Hamilton Teachers’ College receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Education, respectively. Franca later completed a Master of Business Administration degree in Personnel and Human Resources Management. Over the past 26 years, Franca has had a successful career leading several healthcare organizations through restructuring and complex merger from a human resources perspective.
Franca strongly shares in her parents’ belief in the value of education and that, as the Chinese Proverb states, it is a “treasure that follows its owner everywhere”, that it can unlock many doors, that it lasts a lifetime and can never be taken away. That is why she is passionate about the vision and mission of the Schools of Dreams.
(Franca’s Photo will be coming soon!)
“Education will assist me to get knowledge and communication skills that would help me to get a better life.”Patricia Dede Lartey
“Education would help me achieve my aim in future.”Abigail Torglo