Board & Advisors

Board & Advisors 2018-01-13T19:53:07+00:00

The Board of Directors is made up of Canadians and South Africans from diverse professional backgrounds who share a passion for what we do. The Board oversees EwB’s mission, strategy and financials Members of the Board do not receive an honorarium for their participation.

Executive Director – Ruth Hershler

I feel privileged to work alongside the many volunteers who dedicate hours of their time to EwB with the common goal of providing educational opportunities where they are so desperately needed.

I continue to be inspired by the young people of South Africa who believe that they can be contributing members of a fair society. Inspiration is also found through the devotion and passion of those working in South Africa to bring about the change that is needed to provide equal opportunities for these young people to achieve their dreams.

Board of Directors

Cecil Hershler

What inspires me about EwB is the fact that for over 15 years a group of people thousands of miles away from South Africa have volunteered hours of their time to create a safe space for less privileged children to study, battle poverty and realize their potential.

Rodney Benson

I am inspired to work with EwB as an opportunity to give back to the country that gave me so much, and in a way that makes an enormous and meaningful difference to the lives of the people who we are able to help.

Sandy Berman

I believe education is a critical pathway out of poverty. Many barriers continue to exist in the township school system. The EwB programs provide an opportunity to mitigate these barriers by supplementing school classes and by fostering learning in a creative and supportive environment. I am deeply committed to supporting this work and being part of an organization that strives to build the capacity of disadvantaged youth.

Thato Makgolane

It is widely accepted that education is the single most powerful tool that any people can use to achieve equality and justice. And so, the people who serve and support EwB are those who believe in this ideal and ideology. They know that through their acts, they are being staunch activists and advocates for equality. This is what motivates and inspires me to continue to be involved with EwB.

Vis Naidoo

EwB focuses on learning, a critical requirement that will enable people to realize their potential. This is aligned to my belief that education is the platform for people development.

Karen A. Moola

I believe that all children are deserving of a strong start in life; as such, I am inspired to be a part of EwB which helps provide invaluable educational support and guidance to children – our most vulnerable. I am inspired by EwB learners who face staggering challenges and yet still persevere in their quest for a brighter future.

Wendy Royal

Wendy Royal has a PhD from the University of British Columbia, where her studies focused on multicultural and anti-racist education. She taught Applied Linguistics at universities across Canada for over 30 years, winning awards for innovation and excellence in educational programming. She has written and presented extensively on multicultural, social justice and language education. Volunteering for Education without Borders since her retirement in 2015, was a logical extension of her life-long passion to contribute to improving educational and life opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk learners. On the EwB Board, she assists with short-term fundraising projects and the Vancouver South African Film festival.


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