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Board

We are proud of the skilled and committed people who volunteer to lead positively AFRICA.

 

Peggy Frank



Peggy Frank

PEGGY is the Co-Founder and past Executive Director of positively AFRICA.

Peggy has dedicated her life to supporting those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in Africa, especially women and orphans. She has contributed countless hours to the evolution of positively AFRICA and her dedication to this cause continues to inspire its current Board. She has worked and visited many communities in Africa, in Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

Peggy is an artist and an avid gardener. She is a practitioner and teacher of energetic healing — Therapeutic Touch and Capacitar, and volunteers with various Canadian AIDS Service organizations.

 

Stephanie Burniston



Stephanie Burniston
stephanie@positivelyafrica.org

STEPHANIE recently started volunteering for positively AFRICA in November 2014, having only just moved to Victoria in October, and is very excited to work with the organization. She is currently working (remotely) on finishing a PhD in global health through the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a bit of a globetrotter and has had the privilege of studying/working in England and Zanzibar for her MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases, and Scotland and Lao PDR for her PhD research. Stephanie worked as an Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner in Vancouver prior to starting her PhD and, once finished, she hopes to pursue a career understanding and helping communities affected by infectious diseases, particularly marginalised populations. Apart from travelling, Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, reading, film, theatre and yoga.

 

Esther Hart



Esther Hart
esther@positivelyafrica.org

ESTHER HART has an eclectic array of interests which, to name just a few, currently include being an author, speaker, freedom coach, editor, book designer, administrator, computer teacher, friend and mentor. She has three daughters and five grandchildren. She is on the board at the Church of Truth—Community of Conscious Living and PEAVI (Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island).
It was at the church that she was introduced to positively AFRICA when Peggy Frank was the guest speaker. Esther immediately felt compelled to offer her services to take some of the administrative load off of Peggy so that she could do her other important work.
Esther is delighted to accept the invitation to put her skills to use on the Board of positively AFRICA.

 

Sherri Hohert



Robert Imbalabala Kheyi
robert@positivelyafrica.org

MY NAME is Robert Imbalabala Kheyi and I'm 34 years of age. I'm married to one wife and blessed with two children – a girl and a boy. I see myself as a mature, highly motivated and a team player, intelligent, a quick learner and knowledgeable in current affairs and social dynamics. When it comes to work, I'm dedicated to meeting standards and deadlines. I'm not only honest with high moral standards but also capable of working under pressure and with least supervision. I have good planning, organizational and communication skills and I've a knack for field assignments. I have like women and youth projects with specialty in social entrepreneurship facilitation and training skills.

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Sabine Laubental



Sabine Laubental
sabine@positivelyafrica.org

SABINE joined positively AFRICA in 2009 as Volunteer Coordinator. Two years later, as she was taking on more responsibilities with the organization, she joined the Board.

Sabine is a retired social worker. She brings her empathy, enthusiasm and dedication to working with positively AFRICA’s projects. She has previously been involved with two projects based in Mozambique and Zambia.

In her spare time, Sabine enjoys reading, films and her pets.

 

Ann Taylor



Ann Taylor
anne@positivelyafrica.org

ANN has been a volunteer with positively AFRICA since 2012 and became a member of the Board in 2015. She has worked as a journalist, writer and teacher in Toronto, Victoria, the Northwest Territories, Papua New Guinea and Ghana. Ann has also worked as a volunteer on several Habitat for Humanity projects in Central America, on an historic restoration project in Provence and with CUSO-VSO as a volunteer selector for five years. Ann brings a wide range of skills and experience to her work with positively AFRICA.

 

Laura Thomson



Laura Thomson

I  WORK FULLTIME as a training consultant, designing and developing training programs. My company, Knowledge Solutions has been in business in Victoria for over 12 years and my business partner Julie Birlew and I stay extremely busy developing training for a range of local organisations from BC Ferries to BC Assessment.

I became involved with positively AFRICA through my long friendship with Peggy Frank. I first met Peggy when she was my parents neighbor on Saltspring and we have kept in touch ever since. I was also born and raised in Africa (Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe) and I am very happy to contribute in a small way of the wonderful work that PA is doing in my beautiful birthplace.

 



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