CLASS OF 2019
Gaelle Evina Bekolo, Physician
A. Jefferis, Snr Operations Officer
M. Sylla, Registered Nurse|Director
S. Bhullar, Business Developer
Sara Mwamba, Data Analyst|Director
Navdeep Kaur, HR Consultant
Mpoe Mogale, Artist | Pol. Scientist
Raminda Dhindsa, Founder, KtN
A. Katamba, Business & Finance Cand.
Rebecca Murray, Founder, SwB
Nozipho Moyo, Social Work | Advocate
Oladipo Olatunj, Petroleum Engineer
T Kareem, Microbiologist|Founder TBP
I. Ibraheem, Software Dev.|Lawyer
Grace Ogundeji, Social Entrepreneur
A. Oyelere, Lawyer|Partner, BD Firm
Folarin Oluwasayo, Civil Engineer
Jennifer B. Daniel, Economist
J. Ogundeji, Physicist|Consultant
Muyideen Moshood, Civil Engineer
I. Eso, Agriculturist|Ins. Broker
Adebisi Adesina, Actuarial Scientist
D. Noah, Physiologist|Business Dev.
Dr. Gaëlle Bekolo Evina
Physician, Ottawa | International Medical Volunteer | Chorist
Gaëlle completed a bachelor’s in microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, followed by a year in healthcare management. She started medical school at the University of Montreal in 2010 and has been practicing family medicine in the region of Ottawa since 2016. Her scope of practice includes hospitalist and family medicine outpatient work as well as small group teaching at the faculty of medicine. These first years of practice allowed her to gain a broader perspective on her role as health provider and the impact she can have at the frontline of care delivery. She also discovered a passion for patient education and innovation using technology to improve health outcomes. In the future, she hopes to innovate on health care delivery and patient education by capitalizing on technology. In her spare time, she sings as an alto chorist and travels across the globe.
Alanna Jayne Jefferis
Senior Operations Officer, Canada Mortgage & Housing | Fitness Instructor
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Alanna is a Senior Operations Officer with Canada Mortgage and Housing. In this role, she works with First Nation Communities and their housing portfolios. With strong functional knowledge of all CMHC First Nation Housing programs, including Section 95, the suite of Renovation Programs, Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY) and skills development, Alanna assists them with improving their finances and offers guidance if they choose to repair or build new homes on their property. Alanna graduated from MacEwan University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce degreeand possesses a Criminal Justice Diploma from Lethbridge College. She currently teaches spin and Bodypump classes at Goodlife Fitness and loves inspiring others to reach their fitness goals. With a passion for caring for animals, Alanna volunteers in her spare time with different local animal rescues around Edmonton, and has two rescue dogs of her own. Her next professional step is to pursue a career in law enforcement as a member of the Edmonton Police Force, and is currently training for this role, while volunteering with the Edmonton Police Service Cadet program.
Registered Nurse, Grey Nuns + Royal Alexandra | Board Director
Mary Sylla has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Macewan University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Science of Nursing from the University of Alberta. She works frontline at Grey Nuns Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital in the field of women’s health. This career path has led her to work in Fertility, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum and Medicine, giving her the opportunity to work with persons from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Mary’s firsthand experience and passion for global health has allowed her to use her skillset in a grassroots manner. She had the great opportunity to travel to Ghana to be involved in volunteering at SOS Children’s Village Orphanage as a nurse. Mary looks forward to leveraging the opportunity to become a mentee with The PEIF Fund, Inc. towards learning more about her community and applying the knowledge to personal and professional growth, including advancement in the field of global health.
Settlement Counsellor | Employment Developer
Sehaj is a Settlement Counsellor and Employment Developer with Bredin Centre for Learning, where she works in the New Comers program in professional training & coaching. She has an Honors degree in Economics, Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Education. Sehaj has extensive volunteer experience and currently volunteers with the Millwoods Seniors’ Multicultural Centre in Edmonton, Alberta and the Catholic Social Services of Alberta. At Catholic Social Services, Sehaj assists in planning activities to engage new comer women, assists new immigrants in learning English and improving their English skills, enriching their vocabulary, and assisting them in building new connections in the city. She also helps with familiarizing participants to Canadian life and culture to help their integration into the Canadian community.
Sara N. Mwamba
Data Analyst | Sociologist | Board Director
A Sociologist by training, Sara holds a Bilingual Master’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Ottawa's School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from MacEwan University. She has held professional positions in the private sector, human services with non-profit organizations, as well as with federal and municipal governments. Currently, she serves as a volunteer board director with the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council, the Ribbon Rouge Foundation, and The Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta. Additionally, she recently joined the Community & Social Services grant sub-committee of the Edmonton Community Foundation and the MacEwan University Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity as a volunteer. Her ultimate passion is travelling. She has visited over 100 cities, in over 10 countries across North and South America, Europe and Africa, with Kenya, Mexico, and Brazil among her favourite destinations. She is a lifelong learner, who consistently seeks to absorb new experiences and knowledge through travel, research and volunteer work.
Human Resource Consultant | Community Volunteer, Action For Healthy Communities, Edmonton
Navdeep has a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Bolton, UK and a Bachelors in Economics from India, as well as a diploma in computer applications. Navdeep’s graduate research focused on organizational behaviour, a subject she continues to explore through her daily work. An avid volunteer and community organizer, she currently volunteers with the Action for Healthy Communities in Alberta where she provides a range of support services to people in need.
Dance Artist | Political Science (Cand.), University of Alberta
Mpoe Mogale is a Black Queer Femme that reigns from Lebowakgomo, South Africa, and is currently an international student at the University of Alberta pursuing a BA (Hons) degree in Political Science. Mpoe’s research tends to push boundaries and merge fields, with a particular focus on exploring Blackness in the context of Canada. Mpoe’s current research project explores representations of Blackness in Edmonton's Arts community. Beyond the classroom walls, Mpoe assumes various governance roles within the University of Alberta, and one of their highlights from the past year has been leading the development of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Plan for the Students Union. In the greater Edmonton community, Mpoe is known for their art, which is rooted in activism and intentionally focuses on accessibility to art and art spaces. They have curated several shows, and are currently a part of two artist collectives (Black Girl Magic and Ribbon Rouge) that both use art as a vehicle for collective change. Through BGM, Mpoe was a co-researcher of a project that interrogates the experiences of Black girlhood in Edmonton through performance. Their role with the Ribbon Rouge Artist Collective has been around navigating conversations around HIV/AIDS through art. Mpoe is excited to see where their journey in both art and political science leads them. They are especially stoked to be a part of the PEIF Fund Mentorship Program.
Gender Pronouns: They | Their
Settlement Counsellor | Founder, Knitting the Neighbourhood
Raminder Dhindsa thrives on Creative Writing, Research, Literature, Psychology and Social Interactions. Based on her diverse interests, she has created a niche for herself as a Settlement Counsellor for new immigrants with Catholic Social Servicesin Edmonton, Canada. Her love for literature and human behaviour compels her to establish meaningful connections with newcomers and all seekers of knowledge. She takes initiative to start new programs that empower women, through providing opportunities for them to interact and build recreation and skills. She prides myself in being a learner. She has 12 years of experience in teaching English and has tried her hands in court interpretation and sexual health animation. She recently started the Knitting the Neighbourhoodproject, which aims to empower women by giving them an opportunity to connect while knitting, simultaneously creating a network that helps disadvantaged people by providing them with warm woollens.
Business Administration Cand. | Community Volunteer
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angello Katamba was raised in Canada and educated in Ontario and Alberta. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business administration degree at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is looking to complete the full 4-year degree majoring in Finance and expects to craft a profession around his love for numbers. Angello served as part of a relief effort team during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and served with the Edmonton Food Bank to assist residents who were directly or indirectly affected by the situation. Angello is bilingual – proficient in both French and English. In his spare time, he volunteers as a coiffeur to friends and family, helping to improve their emotional state and wellbeing through his self-taught artistic creations. He looks forward to applying his time and efforts towards helping others in his current position as a PEIF Fund Mentee.
Personal Support Worker | Founder, Sign with Becky
Rebecca Murray is a Personal Support Worker who has supported individuals with disabilities for over 12 years. She is also enrolled in the Social Work program at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. She is passionate about fostering social inclusion and interpersonal relationships. With her experience as a hearing impaired individual and her training in American Sign Language, Rebecca founded Sign with Becky, an educational organization that supports children with their communication skills using American Sign Language and teaching other communication strategies using books and songs. Rebecca also assists with enhancing communications between parents and their babies using American Sign Language – as the 4th most studied language in North America and a communication tool that serves different populations beyond those who are deaf. Once a week, Rebecca volunteers for The Cerebral Palsy Association with the Morning Yoga Bliss program. She is a member of toastmasters and serves as a volunteer on a communications committee for a non-profit association. She hopes to apply social work towards empowering others in achieving whatever they want to do and dream to become. Her experience with teaching children, and designing programs and curriculums have equipped her to support PEIF Fund initiatives, such as the Teach A Child (TAC) program, by supporting more children with literacy, problem solving and lifelong learning. With her advocacy experience as a support worker, combined with her skills in fostering an inclusive environment, she believes she can be the change she wants to see in this world.
Nozipho H. Moyo
Social Justice Advocate | Community Volunteer | Social Work Cand.
Nozipho is currently completing her diploma in social work at NorQuest College, Alberta, Canada. She actively volunteers within her college and community. At Norquest, Nozipho serves as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Social Work Program. She is an ambassador within the RBC Student Ambassador Program and an active member of the college’s Office of Student Judicial Affairs (OSJA). Within the community, she volunteers with the Good Samaritan Society as part of their Loving Spoonful program, and has volunteered for the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). She has also worked on an international project with Colleges and Institutes Canada, Global Affairs Canada on an educational project in Mwanza, Tanzania. Nozipho currently works as a Research Clerk for the Department of Academic Research and Development at NorQuest College and as a Research Assistant for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social work.
Petroleum Engineer | Researcher
Oladipo is a Petroleum Engineer from the premier university in Nigeria, University of Ibadan. He holds a First-Class Honors degree in Petroleum Engineering and graduated best in class in 2015. He is a recipient of several national and state awards. He recently served as a University Scholar in the capacities of Research and Teaching Assistants to the Shell E & P and PTDF (Petroleum Trust Development Fund) Chairs in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Ibadan. Following this position, he joined the largest telecommunications infrastructure provider in Europe, Middle East and Africa, IHS Towers, as a Field Engineer where he has been exposed to a varied spectrum of engineering ideologies, Energy Systems, Telecommunications Interfaces, Power Optimization, Operations, and Asset Management. He is a researcher, as well as author of published and unpublished computational applications in STEM areas and has consistently applied himself to thinking of unique solutions to challenges in STEM related areas. He has a strong penchant for Physics, Chemistry, and Math and other pure sciences that form the bedrock of engineering methodologies.
Microbiologist | Founder, The Butterfly Project | Co-Founder, IdeaConference
Tawakalit holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbiology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. She is the Founder of The Butterfly Project, a platform that works with secondary school students to hone and improve their mental and emotional capacities for growth, and co-founder of IdeaConference, a social enterprise that brings young people together to share forward-thinking ideas targeted at growth. At this time, IdeaCon has held 3 physical conferences in Abuja, 1 in Lagos, and is set to hold 4 events this year in 4 geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Currently, she is the Communications Head at Decipher Initiative for Sustainable Impact Solutions, a development agency focused on sustaining human resource potential in Nigeria. As a communications personnel, she has worked with young people on education, leadership and literacy towards the goal of individual and community development. She shares her ideas about issues bordering gender, security and how they intersect with national development on her website, www.tawakalit.com. Her articles have also been published on several platforms, including African Leadership Magazine and Sheroes NG. Tawakalit is committed to being a valuable part of building the minds and capacities of young people through alternative education so they can in turn build the nation.
Software Developer, Andela | Lawyer
Idrees is a DevOps and Software Engineer at Andela, a company that extends software engineering teams to different parts of the world with talented software engineers from Africa. Prior to joining Andela, Idrees was a lawyer, having obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2013 and a BL from the Nigerian Law School in 2014. At University, Idrees always wanted to know how computers work and what he could do with one, but neither got the opportunity nor the environment to learn and foster this deep-rooted interest in tech. Idrees has a keen interest in contributing to Open Education, Open Data, Open Government and Open Source Software. He is an active member of Creative Commons Nigeria and the global Creative Commons community, where he volunteers and contributes to the promotion of more flexible copyright laws and Open Education within the ecosystem. Idrees lives in Lagos, Nigeria and enjoys reading books, manga/webtoon, watching anime, binging TV shows and maybe catching a quick nap.
Grace O. Ogundeji
Social Entrepreneur | Managing Partner
Grace O. Ogundeji has over 7 years’ experience as a social entrepreneur and serving and volunteering with NGOs and social/community initiatives. She won a Federal Government of Nigeria Youth Enterprise with Innovation Grant award for entrepreneurship in 2013. Grace has been a passionate and inspirational facilitator for SDG’s relating to adolescents, youths, women, and children since 2011. Through “Chat-Room with Grace” – an initiative of the GreatGrace Foundation, which she pioneered in 2012, she has organized counseling and mentoring sessions on career choice, purpose, STI’s and other topics. This has had a total annual turnout of about a thousand secondary school students since 2014. Grace looks forward to registering the platform as a non-governmental organization in the near future. In 2018, as an NYSC member, Grace facilitated a village adolescents and youths meetup in Akirika-Uko village of Abia state, Nigeria. As a community development initiative, she advised and counseled on early child marriage, pregnancy and abortion, STI’s, premarital sex, purpose, and self-discovery. Over 100 village adolescents and youths of both genders were in attendance. Since 2012, Grace has also partnered with the FeedOneProject social enterprise project, and has been a regular facilitator at MineTeenage Ministries, Greatness Foundation, and the G-LED Initiative. She has certifications in Events & Hospitality Management, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Business Development, Youth Enterprise and Innovation from the Pan African University. Grace Ogundeji was born in Lagos State and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature Studies, from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her hobbies are singing and reading.
Lawyer | Founding Partner, Blue Diamond Law Firm
Oyelere holds two law degrees. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2011, he has practiced law for over seven years. He obtained his LL.B from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, in 2010 and a Masters degree in law from the Obafemi Awolowo University. After completing his law degree, he served with the Office of the Public Defender in Kwara State during his National Youth Service Program, where he provided legal representation to indigent accused persons. While there, he served as the General Secretary of the Legal Aid Community Development Service where he became involved in a number of legal/humanitarian activities, such as educating the public on their rights through symposia, radio broadcasts, and other media. Oyelere worked with the Firm of Fadele And Fadele in Ibadan before relocating his practice to Lagos, where he worked with the Firm of Olumide Babalola LP. He is currently Founding Partner at Blue Diamond Law Firm. Oyelere looks forward to obtaining a doctoral degree in law.
Civil Engineer | Community Organizer
Oluwasayo graduated with First Class Honours from Civil Engineering at the University of Ibadan. He has served in various leadership capacities in student-led bodies at the engineering department. Passionate about societal good, he served in 2016 as the Treasurer of the Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers (Students Affiliate) at the University of Ibadan where he led the finance team in raising funds for various programmes offered by the association. He served in various positions with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), University of Ibadan Chapter. In 2015, he was the Pre-College Initiative Coordinator where he led the team that organized a secondary school outreach at Abadina College at the University of Ibadan. He also served as the Programme Chair of the organization for 2016/2017 tenure. In 2017, he contested and served as the Deputy National Coordinator of the Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers - Students Affiliate (NICESA) – the umbrella body of all Civil Engineering Students in Nigeria – where he was instrumental in starting the first NICESA Design Competition for all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Oluwasayo is an alumnus of Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience, Nigerian Higher Education Foundation, Young Professionals BootCamp, and the Venture in Management Programme, among others. He aspires to be a global solution provider and investor.
Blessing Jennifer Daniel
Economist | Community Advocate
Blessing Jennifer Daniel is a graduate of the University of Abuja. She holds a diploma in Public Administration and Bachelors Degree of Science in Economics. After graduation, she obtained a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Development at Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) under the United Nations’ Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Sponsorship in 2018. Her passion for kids and people in general led to her creating an Anti-corruption Club in her place of primary assignment at Enugu State during her year in the National Youth Service Corp. Through this platform, she educated people on anti-corruption practices and on ethical values. She served as President of her Community Service Development (CDS) group with the National Youth Service Corp. Blessing has served in different roles, including as Operational Head at Lord Clergy Aviation School, Financial Advisor with Consolidated Hallmark Insurance, and as Manager at Sostel Global Logistics. She is currently looking forward to expanding her study into Financial Economics.
Dorcas Olusola Noah
Business Developer | Graphics Designer | Community Volunteer
Dorcas Noah is a Business Developer and Graphic Designer. She plans and executes business growth strategies using both digital and offline marketing strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from the University of Lagos and other certifications related to her current field. She particularly loves working with children, teenagers and women, and would leverage every opportunity to give help to others.
Civil Engineer | Community Organizer
Muyideen is a graduate of the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he graduated with a first class Honours in Civil Engineering. He was the team lead of the Academic committee during his final year at the University. The committee was responsible for organizing tutorial sessions for Civil Engineering students across all levels in the department. Muyideen participated in various competitions and student events, some of which include Professor Ayodele Awojobi design competition at the University of Lagos, the Annual Muhammad Bankole Civil Engineering Conference (Steel design competition) for the 2016 and 2017 editions at the University of Ibadan and the Annual NICESA Interschool quiz competition at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. His outstanding academic performance culminated in the receipt of various awards, including the Senate Prize and the Engr. Chief S.O Fadahunsi Prize for the best graduating student in Civil Engineering Department. Muyideen holds a health safety and environment (HSE 1, 2 and 3) certificate, and recently served as a graduate intern and Corps member at the reputable engineering firm, Ove Arup and Partners, Nigeria.
Ifeoluwa Grace Eso
Agriculturist | Insurance Broker
Ifeoluwa is a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure where she studied Agricultural Extension and Communication Technology. She interned with the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching and Research Farm, Osun State in 2015 where she was involved in cassava processing, poultry farming, and agricultural research, amongst others. In 2016, she served as an elementary school teacher in Kwara State in fulfillment of the national youth service program. Currently, Ifeoluwa works in an Insurance Company in Lagos State, while undergoing the Insurance Foundation Certificate Programme of the West African Insurance Institute, Lagos. Ifeoluwa loves teaching and working with children. Beyond this, she reads, travels (road trips) and bakes in her free time.
Actuarial Scientist | Community Volunteer
Adebisi is a graduate of Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, and a data science enthusiast, working towards making contributions to that space, especially in Africa. She worked as a graduate intern at Alexander Forbes Consulting Actuaries Nigeria Limited. She has served and still participates in various volunteering roles, including teaching, community service, and charitable outreaches to diverse audiences. She currently works as a sales executive with Wapic Insurance Plc. Adebisi enjoys sharing ideas and new knowledge and is committed to learning every day. In his spare time, he follows sports, politics and reads interesting books.
Johnson A. Ogundeji
Physicist & Consultant | National Coordinator (Nig), Feed One Project
Johnson Ogundeji is an R&D&M scientist and Managing Partner and Principal Consultant at The Signet-Ring Global Consulting. He co-founded the firm in 2011 while working with a large Nuclear and Renewable Energy R&D company where he served for 7 years on different teams. He has over 12 years experience in the R&D and Think Tank industries, consultancy, entrepreneurship, technical sales/marketing and volunteering. A published author, Johnson was on a team of 3 that won a federal grant in 2013, and has worked on nationally and internationally funded projects. His main area of practice is in R&D in Material and Environmental Science with specialization in Renewable Energy, Spectroscopic Data Analytics and Nanotechnology. Johnson is also engaged in community development, charity, and volunteering. He is the Nigerian coordinator of the Social Enterprise ‘FeedOneProject’ and a management board member of LivingScience Foundation, an Environment-Health NGO based in Nigeria. Johnson was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and partly in Kaduna. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering Physics and Materials Science respectively from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 2012 and 2017. He has worked as a scientist since 2011. He is married to Lois Tolulope, a B.Sc. degree holder in Criminology, Psychology and Law from the London Metropolitan University, UK. He has two children, a daughter of aged two and a boy few months old.