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 Board 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 Schools Of Dreams 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.
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’.
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.
Chandra Severin began her career in the legal field, spent 10 years working in the fashion industry and then moved onto a role with a national newspaper, where she has been employed as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Publisher and Manager, Administrative Services at the Globe & Mail for the last four years.
She is also the mother of two young children and is passionate about education and supporting youth in their learning and development. Chandra has previously served as a board member for the St. Lawrence Cooperative Daycare and now acts as a co-chair for her children’s school. She is looking forward to bringing her expertise in event planning, public relations and volunteer management to the Schools of Dreams team. Chandra is also a savvy Internet explorer who is always on the hunt for new and exciting events and activities to do with her friends, or planning her next adventure with her husband and children
Priscilla Ankamah joined the board of directors of Schools of Dreams Charity in August 2020. Ms. Ankamah has been an active community volunteer with organizations that focus on education, healthcare and inclusion. With deep insights into the Ghanaian culture and lived experience, Ms. Ankamah is uniquely positioned to help lead the next chapter of SOD’s vision, mission and values. Prior to joining SOD, Ms. Ankamah worked in the clinical and community healthcare setting as a nurse clinician, nurse case manager and public health practitioner. Ms. Ankamah graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon, where she earned her bachelor of science in nursing, and she holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. As someone who appreciates the value of education and understands the relationship a lack of access to education can have on achieving independence and financial stability, Ms. Ankamah is heavily invested in supporting SOD’s mission to increase access to education for children living in rural communities in Ghana. A highly respected healthcare practitioner who primarily works with vulnerable populations, Ms. Ankamah is grateful for another opportunity to get behind an organization to fund worthy school construction projects in Ghana.
Shayna Stevenson is an artist and writer with education in both Linguistics and Community Work. Using her experiences in travel and creative work, she has joined the board of directors of SoD with a focus on communications, design, and storytelling. Through her passion for universal access to education and learning about other cultures she plans to support the growing transatlantic community Schools of Dreams has created.
FARIZ KARIM ANSARI
Fariz Karim Ansari joined School of Dreams (SoD) in January 2021 as Member of the Board, Treasurer. As an accountant in the financial services industry, Fariz has led firms in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Canada. At SoD, Fariz aims to strengthen the financial, risk, operational and governance internal controls. To that end, Fariz will implement IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) policies and best practices for SoD, and cultivate healthy relationships with its stakeholders. Fariz has been an active volunteer with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, CPA Ontario, Access Alliance Toronto, WWF and Ahmed Fatima Trust Pakistan. In addition, Fariz creates decorative items using recyclable materials under the brand BrushynCrushy, and is a social media enthusiast.