Class of 2018

MENTEES

Molecular Genetics, BSc. (c) || Founder, Know Mexico, Mexico and Canada
Cell Biologist || Geneticist || Founder, NextGen Africa, Nigeria and Australia
Attorney-At-Law || Educator || Social Justice Advocate, Canada
Web Developer || Programmer || Graphic Designer, Nigeria
Dental Surgeon || Volunteer, Canada
Lawyer || Human Rights Activist || Country Coordinator, MasterPeace, Burundi
Biological Sciences/Women and Gender Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
News Anchor || Journalist || TV Personality, Gambia || MA (c), Loyola Univ., Chicago, USA
Biochemist || NGO Consultant, Nigeria
Computer Engineer || Community Volunteer, Nigeria
Physiologist and Community Volunteer, National Programme on Immunization, Nigeria
Commerce, BA (c) || Community Organizer, Canada
Political Scientist || Volunteer || MacEwan Student Ambassador, Canada
Mathematician || NGO Administrator, Nigeria
English, BA and Child Nutrition Advocate (Mentee: Class of 2017- )
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BIOS

Sandra Quimiro, BSc. (c)

Molecular Genetics (c) and Founder, Know Mexico, Canada

Sandra Quimiro is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Molecular Genetics and minoring in International Business at Grant MacEwan University, Canada. Sandra is founder of Know Mexico, a 100% handmade clothing line that mixes today’s fashion and traditional designs from Mexico. Know Mexico now has 10 points of distribution around Mexico, Edmonton and London, while looking to expand worldwide. Sandra has served as volunteer Project Director for the non-for-profit organization, GROW. She is a regular volunteer at the international office at MacEwan University. In her spare time, she teaches Spanish and English. 

Joshua Alade, BSc.

Cell Biologist/Geneticist and Founder, NextGen Africa, Nigeria / Australia

Joshua Alade is a youth social worker and Founder of the NextGen Africa initiative, an educational organization that supports disadvantaged young people with ICT skills, as well as leadership training and life skills. He is also the National Project Coordinator of the Nigerian Youth SDGs Network, a coalition of youth-led civil society organizations driving local accountability and advocacy for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria. Joshua speaks to young people and adults to help them think and handle issues they face in everyday life, ranging from academic issues and work-related matters to relationship and career advice. Joshua likes to share stories to offer real solutions to issues facing youths. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos and a certified Youth Practitioner from the Youth Intervention Program Association, Minnesota, USA. He is a TEDx speaker and a sought-after education advocate. He embraces diverse leadership roles and is spontaneously creative in making people around him feel empowered in achieving their dreams.

Rukaiyat Lawal, LL.B., BL., PGCE

Attorney, Educator and Social Justice Advocate, Canada

Rukaiyat Lawal holds a degree in education from Brunel University, Oxbridge, a law degree from the University of Ilorin and a BL from the Nigerian Law School. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta in Canada. An ardent advocate for social justice, she has been volunteering with NGOs such as the Citizens Advice Bureau of London UK, Pro Bono Alberta and Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Canada for over 12 years. Rukaiyat believes that everyone should have access to justice and basic life amenities irrespective of financial status; hence she has been actively involved in fund raising, financial donations, assisting self-represented litigants before, after and during legal proceedings, helping with decision appeals at tribunals, and offering legal advice. A teacher and life-long learner, Rukaiyat has volunteered and worked in various primary education institutions. She is passionate about poverty law and access to justice, and is currently working towards an action plan for advancing her work and impact in these areas.

Amos Okomayin, BSc.

Web Developer || Programmer || Graphic Designer, Nigeria

Amos Okomayin holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Benin, Benin City. He specializes in Web Development, Programming and Graphic Design. Amos is skilled in several programming tools, including C#, JAVA, PHP, ASP.NET Framework, CODE IGNITER framework, Web Services, RDBMS, and MongoDB. He is also skilled in other non-programming computer related skills, such as phone hardware, computer hardware and software repair. Amos believes you don't need to have all the wealth in the world to reach out to the needy. Everyone can start from little. He is passionate about reaching out to youths and children who are interested in learning how to code. He has worked on several projects like JOBRHEMA.COM - a job search engine that enables the unemployed and employees seeking better jobs to find their dream jobs and 9JAFARE - an app that informs commuters of transport prices as well as the various bus-stops of the buses travelling from Benin to any state in Nigeria. He is also working on Certificate Verification - a proposed web service that helps organizations verify the certificate of their employees and applicants. He has taught computer and science related courses over the years. He currently works as an Assistant Technical Support Officer at Integrated Software Services Limited, Nigeria.

Dr. Kamal Randhawa, BDS

Dental Surgeon and Community Volunteer, Canada

Dr. Kamal Randhawa is a dentist by training. After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Dental Surgery, Dr. Kamal practised as a dentist in a private clinic in India for over six years before relocating to Canada. Dr. Kamal has served as a community volunteer in a dental clinic providing free dental care to the poor and indigent who could not afford the treatment. In collaboration with colleagues, she has also participated in organizing awareness campaigns and rallies on the importance of oral health, oral cancer awareness, and tobacco addiction. Dr. Kamal’s commitment to service is inspired by her conviction that every candle that lights another candle loses nothing; rather, it helps to kill the darkness. Dr. Kamal sees her work with kids in her community in Edmonton during the mentorship year as an opportunity to support the children who will help change the world if guided properly. In her words, “Every child is born with wings: I want to be the wind underneath and help them rise to the heights where they will take the idea of humanity as one race and make this world a better place.”

Fikiri Nzoyisenga, LL.B., LL.M.

Lawyer, Human Rights Activist and Country Coordinator, MasterPeace, Burundi

Fikiri Nzoyisenga is a native of Bujumbura, Burundi. He has more than five years experience in the areas of children’s and women’s rights. A human’s rights activist, he is passionate about gender equality and children’s rights. He is the Country Coordinator of MasterPeace in Burundi, an organization that uses sports as an empowerment tool for vulnerable children. He also founded the Youth Coalition Against Gender-based Violence – SEMERERA, a youth-led organization that is supporting girls’ education and women’s economic empowerment in vulnerable communities in Bujumbura. In 2016, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship programme sponsored by the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Fikiri received an LL.M. Degree in International Criminal Law and Human Rights from Bangor University, United Kingdom. From 2012-2014, he served as A World At School Global Youth Ambassador to help call attention to the millions of children who are still denied their human right to education. In the same year, he was selected for the highly competitive Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) programme under the auspices of the Obama administration, and completed a Civic Leadership Track at the University of Delaware, USA. In 2016, Fikiri also participated in the International Centre for Nonviolent Conflicts (ICNC) Fellowship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuffs University, Boston, USA.

Avani Ladhar, BSc./BA (c)

Biological Sciences/Women and Gender Studies, University of Alberta, Canada

Avani Ladhar is a full time student at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently working towards her biological sciences degree with a minor in women and gender studies. She is heavily involved in the community and has worked with various volunteer placements such as the Grey Nuns Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, John Humphrey Society of Human rights and the Elizabeth Fry Society. Avani is passionate about the intersections of medicine and law and looks forward to developing a community project on drug overdose epidemic in Canada.

Tenneng Gitteh, BA, MA (c)

News Anchor, Journalist and TV Personality, The Gambia / MA (c), Loyola University, Chicago, USA.

Ms. Tenneng Gitteh is a TV Personality and Newsroom Editor with the national broadcaster, Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS). Born in Tallinding, Gambia, Tenneng is a graduate of the University of Gambia, where she served as an Ambassador of the University Student Union. In her role as Ambassador, Tenneng joined fellow African female students in Nigeria in February 2011 for the second edition of the Miss University Africa Summit on Cervical Cancer. While performing her role, Tenneng – with funding from the Gambia office of the UNFPA – implemented several outreach programs for university students on sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and career development. Tenneng represented the country at the 2013 United Nations Youth Summit in Burkina Faso, and a year later started the Gambia chapter of the West African Network of Young Leaders of the United Nations (ROJALNU) in collaboration with the National Youth Council. Tenneng began her career at the GRTS as an intern and rose through the ranks to become an announcer, assistant producer, producer and now Editor with the Newsroom. A 2017 DWTV Global Media Fellow, Tenneng begins a Masters in Communication at Loyola University, Chicago, USA in Fall 2018.

Sarah Eguono Numa, BSc.

Biochemist and Consultant, Nigeria

Sarah Eguono Numa is a graduate of medical biochemistry and genetics from Delta state University, Nigeria. She has worked as a quality analyst with Flourmills, Nigeria, a healthcare executive in Solidum Pharmaceuticals Limited, a data entry officer and as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the DFID funded project, SuNMaP, through a 3-year period. She has also served as a program officer with the Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation. Presently she consults for a new startup initiative dedicated to the economic empowerment of widows.

Adekemi Olapade, B.Eng.

Computer Engineer and Community Volunteer, Nigeria

Adekemi Olapade is an Information Technology professional with expertise in System/Hardware installation, maintenance and upgrade and network support. She graduated from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering, and is currently a Master’s Student of Information Technology at the University of Lagos. She currently works as an IT System Support Personnel at United Bank for Africa and her role involves, amongst others, system/hardware and application installation and upgrade, network support, project supervision, and vendor management. Her social justice passions are primarily about supporting vulnerable children and empowering the girl-child. She currently contributes to these causes through donations to an orphanage home. 

Ogundiran Azeez Akintayo, BSc.

Physiologist and Volunteer, National Immunization Programmme, Nigeria

Ogundiran Azeez Akintayo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from the University of Ibadan. Ogundiran is currently volunteering at the National Programme on Immunization in Osun State, Nigeria while enrolled at the University of Ibadan for a Master’s degree in Public Health. His research interests are in the areas of endocrinology/metabolism and renewable energy. He is an expert at routine immunization and enjoys facilitating immunization activities. Ogundiran is committed to improving the lives of children and is available for volunteering for projects/organizations that cater to such causes.

Sim Sandhu, BA (c)

Commerce (c) and Community Organizer, Canada

Hamsimrit (‘Sim’) Sandhu is currently enrolled at the Grant Macewan University, Canada for a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Sim is actively involved in her community and has volunteered extensively for various local causes, including mental health awareness campaigns. Most recently, she participated in the Break the Silence Walk and Run for Mental Health awareness campaigns. In April 2017, Sim was part of a team that organized a fundraiser for a 24-hour bike-a-thon that raised $93,000 for Project Clarity, a charity that supports mental health awareness. Sim is the recipient of a Rutherford Scholarship.

Tobi Aruleba, BA (c)

Political Scientist (c), Community Volunteer and MacEwan Student Ambassador, Canada

Oluwatobi (‘Tobi’) Aruleba is currently completing a Bachelor’s program in political science and sociology at Grant MacEwan University, Canada. She has volunteered extensively with the MacEwan University Students Association’s food bank program. She has also volunteered with the MacEwan office of sustainability, while serving as member of the MacEwan Student Advisory Committee (Faculty of Arts & Science). She has also served in a leadership role as a MacEwan Student Ambassador. In this role, she has volunteered, along with other students, to promote the positive image of MacEwan University by participating in a variety of university and community activities such as Hope Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and many other notable charitable organizations in Canada. 

Rowland Ugiangbe, BSc.

Mathematician and NGO Administrator, Nigeria

Rowland holds a BSc. (hons) in mathematics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. He holds HSE Levels 1, 2, and 3 Certificates in health, safety and environmental training, as well as certificates from the Institute of Strategic Management and the Universal School of Aviation, Nigeria. He currently works with the NGO, Health Emergency Initiative, which funds the costs of critical care for indigent Nigerians.

Loveleen Sidhu, BA (c)

English Studies (c), University of Alberta / Community Organizer, Canada

Loveleen Sidhu returns this year to join the Class of 2018. Her passion for service is exemplified through her continuous volunteer work with the Stollery Youth Council, Edmonton, Canada; her involvement with facilitating after-school programs at Century Gardens Recreation Centre; and the environmental rehabilitation work she completed with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority in Ontario, Canada. As a member of the Stollery Youth Council, Loveleen advocates for the improvement of the lifestyle of sick kids at the Stollery Hospital. Loveleen has volunteered at the Stollery Family Classic, which is an initiative to raise money for the Stollery Hospital Foundation. As a Student Senator, she was a member of the Health and Wellness Committee which created a district-wide mental health conference in April 2017 to equip students and teachers with information and resources to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. In April 2016, Loveleen was part of a team that marketed a fundraiser for a 24-hour bikeathon that raised $93,000 for a local charity. As a member of the Students’ Union at her school, Loveleen took the initiative to become Project Manager of the Helping Hampers Campaign, a food drive that provided resources to four less-fortunate families in the community. The donations gathered were sufficient to provide each family with the necessary resources for one year. Loveleen has also mentored students at the T.D. Baker School in Edmonton to ease the process of students transitioning from junior high school to high school. She has volunteered at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Turkey Drive to raise donations for the Edmonton Food Bank and at the Festival of Trees event which raised money for the University Hospital Foundation.

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