The Canadian Board

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to One Girl Can’s purpose by shaping our strategic course, connecting One Girl Can to potential corporate and individual sponsors, and governing our general operations.

The board is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers with diverse expertise and backgrounds, who collaborate and contribute their professional and personal abilities for the benefit of the organization.

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"By raising the voice and presence of women, we will enhance human potential, realize peaceful societies, increase productivity and economic growth globally. Both awareness and structural change is how we will move the gender equality needle collectively."

CHAIR

NATALIE NAKATSURU

GM & VP Sales, Contemporary Office Interiors

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VICE-CHAIR

MICHELE MATTHEWS

Executive VP, AG Hair

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"The legacy I want to leave is a more inclusive, diverse business culture. I want women to have equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and have the education to make that a reality. I want men to be advocates and women to be role models for this and the next generation."

TREASURER

CAREY DILLEN

President, YYOGA

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"I care deeply about everyone having the chance to dream and to realize their potential. I'm inspired by the idea of unleashing half the world's untapped confidence, talent and passion. I believe equality is quite simply a human right."

Secretary

ALI GARDINER

VP Marketing, Cactus Club Café

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"The legacy I want to leave behind it that it is more important to give than to receive. Leave people better than you met them."

Member-At-Large

Nene Akintan

Real Estate Agent, C21 Dreams

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"I am a firm believer that the empowerment and equality of women is a fundamental factor in saving lives, strengthening the global economy, reducing poverty and raising healthier children around the world."

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DARCIE CROWE

SVP & Portfolio Manager, Canaccord Genuity Corp.

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"My power is I get things done, and I’m using it to make sure I share that positive energy with girls in Africa to help them achieve equality."

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LOTTE DAVIS

CEO & Founder, One Girl Can

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"I joined the One Girl Can Board because the work and programs don't just stop at providing education and building schools but that it extends to helping the girls build their career too."

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ANGIE HIRATA

VP Sales & Corporate Development, ActiveState Software

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"Be confident, be powerful, don't hold back, don't be put in a box, never judge, never assume, and never let anyone tell you you can’t do something... because you can. Underestimating oneself is a huge mistake."

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FARZANA KARIM-HAJI

Director, University Partnerships Aga Khan University

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"My personal purpose is to 'To architect an environment where women can accelerate their potential.'

I want to inspire my daughters to fulfill their potential, making an impact on the world in their own unique way."

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JORDANA POURIAN

SVP Operations & Chief of Staff, Aritzia

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"I want to help people see that kindness does not equal weakness, in fact, in shows strength. If we can use more kindness in running businesses and other organizations, I think the world will benefit enormously."

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ZAHRA SALISBURY

Managing Director Design & Special Projects, Pacific Reach Properties

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"One Girl represents a powerful combination of social justice, social enterprise and gender equality to help young women achieve their true potential through education and empowerment. "

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MEAGHAN THUMATH

Infection Prevention Control Expert, World Health Organization

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What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student

$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl

$250Fund six months of high school for a girl

$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$21Fund six months of high school for a girl

$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board

What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student

$300Co-sponsor a university student

$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

$25Co-sponsor a university student

$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

What can my donation provide For a Build A School

$50Buy 35 cinderblocks to help build one wall of a classroom at Ushirika School.

$100Buy 4 bags of cement to help the building of Ushirika School.

$250Buy a door and framing for a classroom at Ushirika School.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall at Ushirika School

$17Your monthly donation buys a window for a classroom for Ushirika School

$25Your monthly donation buys a desk and bench for 2 students at Ushirika School

What can my donation provide For a Ushirika COVID-19 Relief

$50Provides one girl with three lunches per week for two months.

$75Provides one girl with three lunches a week and sanitary napkins for three months.

$150Provides one girl with three lunches a week and sanitary napkins for six months.

$10Provide continued support for 12 high school girls in the Kibera slum.

$20Provide continued support for 24 high school girls in the Kibera slum.

$30Provide continued support for 36 high school girls in the Kibera slum.

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