Our Team

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RUTH HERSHLER

Co-founder, Canada 

Executive Director, Canada Programs, Finances, VSAFF, Events 

Board Director, South Africa

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.

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RODNEY BENSON

Board Director, Canada

Long Term Fundraising Committee

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.

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VIS NAIDOO

Board Director, Canada

Governance, BC Projects

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

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LYDIA LEVIN

Board Director, Canada

TSAFF, EwB (Toronto)

It is wonderful to play a part in the essential, successful programs that EwB offers and to be able to contribute to promoting learning in South Africa. I'm inspired by the learners who make a huge effort to gain a quality education so they can reach their own potential.

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NINA PETROVOVA

Board Director, Canada

Communications

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DENESE BELCHETZ

Board Director, Canada

Curriculum (SA)

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ (African Proverb) 

Education without Borders is committed to  providing education support to children from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in South Africa and Canada. Math and English are key areas of focus in after school tutorial programs. As an educator and senior system leader in Canada with experience working in disadvantaged communities in South Africa, I am delighted to join the EwB community.  

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THATO MAKGOLANE

Board Chair, South Africa

Finance, Canada & South Africa

Thato Makgolane is a Canadian designated chartered accountant who spent 10 years in Canada during which time, he volunteered and served on EwB (Canada) Board. Today, he lives in Johannesburg and continues to provide finance / strategic insights to both EwB (Canada) and EwB (SA). 

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MARK GAMBLE

Board Director, South Africa

Long Term Fundraising, South Africa

Mark Gamble is the Founder and Executive Director of AspireYouth. The majority of Mark’s career has involved design, implementation and leadership in the child and youth development sector of South Africa. He is a father of 2 young adults. His personal interests are Tai Chi, Meditation and Wilderness Hiking.

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ANTHEA JANSEN

Program Lead, South Africa

Programs, South Africa

Anthea has been a social service practitioner in South Africa for nearly twenty years and has dedicated herself to the country’s most disenfranchised young people and their families. She holds a national certificate for Care of the Handicapped and is working towards her B-Tech degree in Child And Youth Development.  Anthea was formerly the Programme Manager for Afrika Tikkun, spent years as a trainer and mentor supervisor in the Isibindi programme for the National Association of Child Care Workers. She is the founder of Building Bridges an after-school organisation that provides psychosocial and educational support to children and youth facing extreme poverty and a lack of community programming in her home community.

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UNATHI SEPTEMBER

Site Co-ordinator Mseki , Gugulethu

Unathi is unwavering in his commitment to youth development and has worked with several NGOs in Cape Town such as Afrika Tikkun(5 years), Grassroots(1year 3months), Lead 4 life (freelance for 3 years) and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (6 months). He holds certificates in child and youth care (level 5), facilitation and football coaching. He has extensive hands on experience of working with children, youth and people at large in the community and within the operation of organisations.  EwB is playing a big role in the academic side of youth development which is an important tool for today’s young South Africans. Education provides opportunities. Education creates an awareness of possibilities and motivation towards the creation of goals.

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LIKHO LUBISI

Site Co-ordinator Nobantu, Mfuleni

Likho joined the EwB team at the beginning of 2020. She brings with her a variety of experience having worked and studied in different industries. She studied Management at the University of Joburg, worked in retail and hospitality, but fell in love with community development. She is devoted to community upliftment projects and is a part of Ambassadors of Change, a network of youth for social change. She serves as Head of Women Capable Forum. She also currently works with her mother running a catering business. Likho is a welcome addition to the EwB team.

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CECIL HERSHLER

Co-founder, Canada 

Board Chair, Canada

Governance, Programs, VSAFF, Events

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.

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SANDY BERMAN

Board Director, Canada

BC Projects, VSAFF, Events

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.

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WENDY ROYAL

Board Director, Canada

VSAFF, Events

I am inspired by the children, full of hope and high expectations despite their impoverished circumstances.  I am delighted to be part of an organization that nurtures their optimism and dreams, by providing them with educational support so they can take their rightful place in society and help build a successful future South Africa.

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TIMOTHY PEZARRO

Board Director

Long Term Fundraising  

Evidence indicates that education and especially child education is one of the critical measures that breaks the vicious cycle of generational poverty. I am a long term finance committee member striving to break this cycle through consistent funding. My primary role is corporate, institutional and private fundraising with a focus on long term donor engagement. Long term donor engagement delivers sustainable program funding; learning outcomes are significantly improved with  multi-year student enrollment enabled by sustainable funding.   

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DIANE SINGER

Board Director, Canada

SSAFF, EwB (Australia)

 I believe that a good education is the right of all. It’s the path to actualisation and facilitates an autonomous and rich life, enabling one to become an enabler of others.  I am inspired by the work done by Education without Borders, and am honoured to be a part of this organisation.

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RICHARD MURRAY

TSAFF, EwB (Toronto)

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SITHANDAZILE KUZVIWANZA

Governance,

Long Term Fundraising 

Millions of black and brown children are disadvantaged because of who they are and where they were born. We all have a part to play in changing this. Joining EwB is one way I am supporting the work being done to build a better future for our kids. 

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STEPHEN MUREFU

Board Director, South Africa
Programs, South Africa

Stephen N Murefu is married, with 2 children and based in Cape Town. He is an Economic Development specialist who has been involved in the South African renewable energy sector for the last 7 years.

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ALLISON BAXTER

Organization Lead, South Africa

Curriculum, Programs, South Africa

Allison has been working in the field of youth development and leadership since 1996. She has a professional instructor’s diploma and a Masters of Education. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Allison has worked internationally as a facilitator and trainer in both the corporate and NGO sectors. She moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2005 to work with underserved communities. She has been involved with experiential education programmes, leadership training, mentorship, and child and youth care development. Allison loves connecting authentically with people from all walks of life. She is enthusiastic about assisting individuals and groups to have a-ha moments, and be inspired towards life-long learning.

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CHARMAINE AFRICA

Site Co-ordinator Fezeka, Gugulethu

As EwB’s longest employee ( with EwB since March,2013), Charmaine is grateful for the opportunity to still be working for the organisation. She holds a post graduate diploma from UWC in Librarian and information.  She has worked to develop the library, garden and tutoring sessions at Fezeka highschool. She is impressed to see the continuous growth and development of EwB and is committed to contribute to its overall success. With her friendly, outgoing personality, Charmaine builds strong relationships with her colleagues, tutors, school staff and learners alike.

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MICKAYLA SMITH

Site Co-ordinator Bellville South

I bring my personal lived-experience to Education without Borders having been raised in a similar community to Bellville South. I was a community worker for Kethempilo in Delft Township (her home community) and spent four years as a Family Support Case Manager for Afrika Tikkun. I have provided on-the-ground youth work for many years and also has a background in facilitating leadership camps, both in South Africa and the United States. I started my journey at EwB as an intern in March 2018- from there I took on the role as Site Coordinator for Bellville South Primary in March 2019. I fully believe in the vision and mission of Education without Borders and will go above and beyond to execute it to the best of my ability. I consider myself blessed to form part of such an impeccable team and organization as a whole.

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