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Maggie Francis (Chair)

As a social worker Maggie has over 30 years experience working in the counselling field in a variety of sectors including social services,health care, education and non profit. She recently retired from her position as the manager of the Counselling Program at FSGV, a non profit organization serving low income individuals, families and children. In addition to her role with Rose Charities she is a supervisor with Oak Counselling, and provides trauma counselling for Employee Assistance programs. She has worked in a number of disadvantaged communities in London,UK, Toronto and Vancouver.

William Grut (Executive Secretary)

He has spent over 40 years working on small scale  development projects  in  Papua, New Guinea, Cambodia, Angola, Rwanda, Nepal and Sri Lanka.    He spent many years in Cambodia developing basic health infrastructure at a time when the country was recovering from the Pol Pot regime. This included building Cambodia’s largest eye hospital and rehabilitative surgery for the poor.  William has extensive experience in disaster response, working closely with the Japanese organization AMDA in organizing medical response teams.  Dr William Grut is an Assistant Clinical Professor at B.C.Children’s Hospital (PhD Oxford, Doc Medicine London University , MA Parasitology LSTM)


Emily McCance (Hon. Treasurer)

Emily gained a passion for international development work  during her studies in Economics and Finance at McGill University and subsequent volunteer assignments in Ecuador, India, and Tanzania. Emily is particularly interested in providing financial services to under-served populations and in helping projects become financially sustainable. Emily has a background in banking and finance and currently works in  treasury risk at the central financial facility for the BC and Ontario credit union system.

Josephine de Freitas (Hon. Executive Secretary)

Josephine has spent 25 years in international development starting with a war widows cooperative in Zimbabwe in 1978. In 1994 she volunteered at the BC Children’s Hospital to create their International Health Programs and initiated projects in South Africa and Guyana. In 1996 she assisted UBC to develop the Centre for International Health and organized “Bridging the Pacific” APEC conference on distance education. In 2004 she managed the CIDA funded project in Guyana “Strengthening Public Health in Guyana” a 5 million dollar CIDA funded project on HIV/AIDS and TB. She has a Bsc in Mining Engineering from Imperial College London


Tim Maguire

Having started his first export business in his late teens, Tim Maguire has always embraced the entrepreneurial spirit. The ensuing 30 years saw Mr. Maguire complete International Business studies and then go on to create and operate successful international shipping support and industrial supply companies. Tim provides expertise and oversight of the Rose Charities investments.

Nicole Schouela

Nicole has extensive small business experience as past owner-operator of restaurants in Toronto and San Francisco. She also has 27 years experience in the fitness industry as an instructor and director of Essvurve Fitness. She has a passion for the arts both as viewer and maker and has her Masters degree in Fine Art. In 2008 she spent five months in Uganda working with youth, which led her to the founding of Stand Tall Training Centre, a primary school in Kampala Uganda. Stand Tall is a project of Rose Charities.

Galib Kara

Galib’s academic career includes a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU, Diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC and a Real Estate Analysis Diploma from Langara College. Galib lived in Kampala, Uganda from 1992 to 2004 where he worked as Business Development Manager Africa for Nostrad Telecommunications where he was involved in the design, construction and operational management of a MMDS wireless cable systems in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. He also set up Uganda’s first cinema chain and entertainment centers. He has now relocated to Vancouver, Canada where he is involved in Real Estate and Property management. He spearheaded the Smiles Uganda initiative in 2010 where sponsorships provided for 53 impoverished children in Kampala for the last 4 years having raised over $50,000 for school fees.

Frank Tharakan

Frank brings Rose Charities his knowledge of the developing world combined with his financial and management skills.. Frank is highly experienced in business development and operations management. He has held multiple challenging positions in the financial services and technology industries. He earned his MBA from Sauder School of Business (UBC) and holds a Bachelors in Engineering (Computer Science). Frank has been active with non-profit, voluntary organizations in India and Canada and has been instrumental in leveraging this experience to articulate an organization wide strategy for Rose Charities Canada.

Karen Schafer

As a Registered Nurse, Karen has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and education. She has worked in the Caribbean and Canada primarily in infant care on Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Karen currently works for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as the Manager of Simulation Education, developing and delivering simulation based education and resources for the health authority. Her combination of clinical and education development skills was a perfect fit for a Haitian driven initiative that came out of Rose Charities disaster recovery work in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Since then, Karen has made many trips to Haiti to assist hospitals with curriculum development for, and training of, neonatal healthcare nurses and doctors. Sustainable change in practice is a key to improved outcomes, and to do that, long term follow-up and current French language materials that meet the local need are key. Karen’s commitment and dedication to Rose Haiti Healthcare has led to sustained change where Haitian nurses continue to teach neonatal resuscitation courses to their colleagues.

Honorary and Retired Directors

Eric Vanderluit (Hon.Treasurer)

Eric is a chartered accountant and has more than 20 years experience in the professional services industry. He started his own practice, Vanderluit & Associates Inc, in 1998. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honors Bachelor of Mathematics degree in accounting and information systems. Eric is a director of the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Foundation and the Renew Crew Foundation. He is also a director of United We Can, which is a well respected charity operating in the downtown east side of Vancouver. He is married with four young children and is an avid canoer, hiker, mountain biker, and skier

Paul Kapanoudis

Paul is a Graduate of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa. He has a lot of experience in medical practice in rural South Africa and rural Canada. Currently, he is practicing Anesthesiology at the Vancouver General Hospital and is the Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of British Columbia. He is interested in clinical research, practice and education.

Yoga Yogendran

Yoga came to Canada from Sri Lanka. In Canada he completed his PhD in engineering in Alberta and worked as a consultant for the energy sector for four years. He moved to BC in 1991 to work for BC Hydro’s Powertech labs and became the Director responsible for the Clean and Renewable energy programs. In 1996 he completed an executive MBA program at SFU after which he shifted from science to management of technology development and commercialization. In 2004 he moved to National Research Council as a Director of Technology Deployment and Commercialization at the Fuel Cell Innovation Institute and is focused on technologies to mitigate climate change and improve the environment. Since the Tsunami in 2005 he has been involved with Rose Charities and worked with Sri Lankan and Vancouver groups to implement a number of projects.

Bill Johnston

Bill retired last year from a distinguished career in the Canadian Foreign Service. His final posting was as Canadian Consul to Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. While he and his wife Jan were in Vietnam, they were instrumental in starting Rose Charities Vietnam and hosted some wonderful fund-raising events there. Bill plays an active role in Rose Charities, particularly in supporting projects in Vietnam and Cambodia but also in the development of new projects in Sri Lanka and Haiti.

Collin Yong

Collin completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Leicester in England. He then trained and practiced as a General Practitioner in the United Kingdom for 10 years. In 1992, he studied Pediatrics at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. Following his certification from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, he continued on for sub-specialty training in Biochemical Diseases and Cystic Fibrosis. Dr. Yong is now in private practice in Pediatrics and also a staff member at BC Children’s Hospital. He is an active member of the Rotary Club and a consulting pediatrics expert for Rotaplast International. He joined the board of Rose Charities Canada after volunteering for Rose post tsunami. He undertakes active field involvement in FIRST-Rose Cambodia in conjunction with a team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In his spare time, Dr Yong is also a semi-professional jazz guitarist.

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