Tom Affleck<br />
Founder
Tom Affleck
Founder
tom@schoolbox.ca
Tom Affleck has lived and worked in Guatemala, Peru and Nicaragua. It was an unexpected encounter in Nicaragua, however, that sparked the SchoolBOX dream. In 2006 he gave two girls notebooks and pencils. One of the girls’ father said to her “now that you have a notebook and pencil you can go to school this year”. Tom saw his work building SchoolBOX as an opportunity to live out his Christian faith and to break the bonds of poverty for thousands of children.
Sarah Kerr<br />
Executive Director
Sarah Kerr
Executive Director
sarah@schoolbox.ca
Sarah joined SchoolBOX in the fall of 2007 as volunteer project intern, helping to build our first school. Sarah fell in love with the children of Nicaragua and has been working to ‘Make Education Possible’ since. In March 2013, she became executive director. “I love SchoolBOX because everyone can make a difference. For the price of a latte, we can help a child go to school. It’s just so simple.”
Ronald Chavarria<br />
Nicaragua Country Director
Ronald Chavarria
Nicaragua Country Director
ronald@schoolbox.ca
Ronald Chavarria personifies what SchoolBOX is trying to achieve. Having grown up in abstract poverty, Ronald broke the poverty cycle by staying in school and getting an education. At age 8 he began working to pay for his school supplies. Fortunately Ronald managed to stay in school, receiving scholarships and support for his hard work and academic performance. Ronald has been with SchoolBOX since the very beginning, and works everyday to help thousands of kids get a basic education.
Jon Tam<br />
Acting Executive Director
Jon Tam
Acting Executive Director
jon@schoolbox.ca
Jon was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. His career includes a commerce degree in marketing, an MBA and work experiences from Canada, Australia, Holland and Belgium. In 2010, Jon joined SchoolBOX when he gave up his business lifestyle to move to Nicaragua, an inspiring story that won him CTV’s Amazing Person Award. Jon helped shape SchoolBOX through his communications, marketing and business development expertise.
Stephanie Rudyk<br />
Marketing Manager
Stephanie Rudyk
Marketing Manager
stephanie@schoolbox.ca
Stephanie began volunteering with SchoolBOX on the Ruben Dario school build in 2010. That volunteer trip inspired her to pursue a degree in politics and global development studies. After work and volunteer experiences in China and Germany, her career path led her back to ‘Making Education Possible’ with SchoolBOX full-time! As the Marketing & Outreach Manager, her goal is to share the SchoolBOX story and empower others to do the same.
Jazmin Lopez<br />
Program Manager
Jazmin Lopez
Program Manager
jazmin@schoolbox.ca
Jazmin Lopez grew up in Managua, Nicaragua in poverty. Supported by her sister and single mother, she was able to beat the odds and finish high school and complete university. She met and married SchoolBOX Operations Manager, Ronald Chavarria, and has been a volunteer since 2007. Education created hope for Jazmin, and in her role as Program Manager, she strives to provide children in Nicaragua a chance at a better life.
Carlos García<br />
Program Coordinator
Carlos García
Program Coordinator
carlos@schoolbox.ca
Carlos started with SchoolBOX as a driver, but was keen to get more involved. He is now our Program Coordinator for the Supplies 4 Success and Books 4 Kids programs. Carlos spends endless hours preparing educational packages and libraries for partner schools. Carlos feels very fortunate to be able to visit so many of our partner schools and see the impact they have firsthand.
Katherin Pinell<br />
Programs Assistant
Katherin Pinell
Programs Assistant
Katherin, or ‘Sarita’ as everyone calls her in Nicaragua, loves listening to music and playing with children. She is like a magnet for the kids at our partner schools, as they all love to be around her. She is a Programs Assistant for SchoolBOX, helping us deliver school supplies and host reading days. She loves to read aloud and sing songs with the kids.
Hector Ortiz<br />
Volunteer Coordinator
Hector Ortiz
Volunteer Coordinator
comm@schoolbox.ca
Hector joined SchoolBOX in 2013 as a part time translator and by the end of the year he was a full time addition to the team. As Volunteer Coordinator, he ensures that all our volunteers have a wonderful experience in Nicaragua. When not hosting volunteers, Hector works to develop SchoolBOX’s social media and marketing materials. He truly loves visiting SchoolBOX partner schools to see first hand the impact being made.
David Pavon<br />
Volunteer Coordinator
David Pavon
Volunteer Coordinator
nica.volunteer@schoolbox.ca
David is a man on a mission, and one of his favourite things to do is help others. David works as a Volunteer Coordinator and gifted interpreter, and also helps with our Supplies and Books programs. He dreams that one day, the child he was able to help with education could help another child with the same needs. SchoolBOX has taught him to love children even more and always defend their universal right to a basic education.
Luis García<br />
Accountant
Luis García
Accountant
contabilidad@schoolbox.ca
Luis joined the SchoolBOX team in 2013, as the accountant. He comes with 10 years of experience as an accountant and auditor. In addition to working at SchoolBOX, Luis also teaches accounting at Masaya University in Nicaragua. He is very excited to be a part of improving education for Nicaraguan children and immensely enjoys assisting with SchoolBOX programs because of the opportunity it gives him to interact directly with the community.
Aracely Guevara<br />
Assistant Accountant
Aracely Guevara
Assistant Accountant
Aracely is the newest addition to our team in Nicaragua, but she brings nearly a decade of accounting experience to our team. She has chosen to focus her career on empowering Nicaraguan-based charities. Aracely’s faith is very important to her, and she strives to serve God and the people around her in everything she does.
Mario Moran<br />
Construction Foreman
Mario Moran
Construction Foreman
Mario is a good tempered, funny guy who started working for SchoolBOX in August 2009. He is responsible for a four-member construction crew, as well as helping the community volunteers. Mario worked on the construction of classrooms at the Ruben Dario public school where his three sons attend. “I know through education my children can achieve more than I could ever accomplish”.
Maykol Chavarria<br />
Infrastructure Coordinator
Maykol Chavarria
Infrastructure Coordinator
Maykol is the newsest addition to our team and a trained engineer. He makes sure that our building plans are designed with precision and care to ensure safe school conditions for our kids. Maykol is a patient teacher and enjoys working on-site with SchoolBOX volunteers.
Jo Danaher<br />
Finance
Jo Danaher
Finance
finance@schoolbox.ca
Jo Danaher is our cheerful financial wizard. She keeps all of our SchoolBOX finances in order, and makes sure that we are meeting the highest standards for a charitable organization. Jo enjoys seeing the amazing power that the SchoolBOX community of volunteers and donors has to impact the education of so many children in Nicaragua.
Amber Hall, Chair<br />
Owner, Equator Coffee Roasters
Amber Hall, Chair
Owner, Equator Coffee Roasters
Amber joined the SchoolBOX board in 2013 before her second trip to Nicaragua with SchoolBOX. Amber and her husband Craig run a fair trade coffee company called Equator Coffee Roasters and have been corporate sponsors of SchoolBOX for years, donating proceeds from every pound of coffee sold to helping kids in coffee communities in Nicaragua.
Jennifer Atkinson<br />
Partner, FleishmanHillard
Jennifer Atkinson
Partner, FleishmanHillard
Jennifer is a partner at FleishmanHillard. In 2010, Jenn travelled to Nicaragua to help build the first Shirley Case School in rural Telica. She and her team have shared their gifts of marketing, communications and PR with SchoolBOX through pro-bono support.
Dina Bell-Laroche<br />
Executive Coach, Sport Law & Strategy Group
Dina Bell-Laroche
Executive Coach, Sport Law & Strategy Group
Dina has been involved with SchoolBOX since 2012. In 2013, she led a team of youth to Nicaragua to participate in a school build, and returned to Canada committed to making a difference. Dina’s experience in facilitation and strategic communications has been an asset to SchoolBOX. Dina believes that education really opens up opportunities for students in Nicaragua and strives to use her skills to create change.
Jennette Affleck<br />
Retired Teacher, co-founder of SchoolBOX
Jennette Affleck
Retired Teacher, co-founder of SchoolBOX
Jennette has been involved with early childhood education for her entire professional career. Jennette has taught in Boston, Toronto, the Ottawa Valley and Monteverde, Costa Rica. Jennette is SchoolBOX’s longest serving Board member, has participated in 7+ school builds in Nicaragua, and was an integral part of our organization since its infancy.
Leah Thomas<br />
Contracts Manager
Leah Thomas
Contracts Manager
In 2014, Leah led a team of youth and adults to Nicaragua to participate in a school build. The experience in Nicaragua reinforced Leah’s commitment to helping SchoolBOX by becoming part of the Board of Directors in October 2015. Leah believes in being a positive change in the world and that education is the key to a bright future for the children of Nicaragua.
Parker Armstrong<br />
Student, Bachelor of Engineering at Carleton University
Parker Armstrong
Student, Bachelor of Engineering at Carleton University
Parker has been involved with SchoolBOX since 2014 and since then has been on three SchoolBOX trips; two volunteer trips and one as an engineering intern in Nicaragua. Parker brings an optimistic and youthful energy to our Board of Directors, and is passionate about ‘making education possible’ and empowering the children of Nicaragua to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Paul Haliburton<br />
Paul Haliburton
Paul currently resides in Almonte, the birthplace of SchoolBOX. He enjoys traveling and has visited Nicaragua twice to learn about SchoolBOX and to strengthen his commitment towards Making Education Possible. Though retired, Paul recently completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Guelph. Paul has helped SchoolBOX through his business experience at Colonnade Management and through his extensive network of contacts.
Natalie Gunn<br />
Co-Owner, Oxford Learning Centre Kanata
Natalie Gunn
Co-Owner, Oxford Learning Centre Kanata
Natalie was born with a passion for education, helping people and travel. Looking for a new volunteer project, she joined the Equator Coffee Roasters team and visited Nicaragua for a classroom build in November 2016 and proudly joined the Board of Directors in late 2017 . Natalie is co-owner of the Oxford Learning Centre Kanata and committed to supporting children to reach their full potential.
Brad Weir<br />
Marketing & Communications Director, Ottawa Senators Foundation<br />
Brad Weir
Marketing & Communications Director, Ottawa Senators Foundation
Brad first became involved with SchoolBOX in 2013 when he traveled to Nicaragua to help build the Brett #2 School in Tipitapa. He officially joined the Board of Directors in 2017, and was the Chair of our Latin Fiesta that same year. Brad’s work with the Ottawa Senators Foundation allows him to plays an active role in improving the lives of children and youth in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
Steve & Patti Gunn<br />
Co-founder & CEO, Sleep Country Canada
Steve & Patti Gunn
Co-founder & CEO, Sleep Country Canada
Steve is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sleep Country Canada. Steve and his wife Patti have been key supporters of SchoolBOX for years, serving on our Board of Directors, donating office space in Toronto and championing SchoolBOX’s Cycle 4 SchoolBOX Campaign. In 2011 they traveled to Nicaragua with members of their family to help build a 4 classroom school for a rural community in Telica.
Kimothy Walker<br />
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Kimothy Walker
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Kimothy has spent more than half her life working for CTV in Ottawa and the Valley as a reporter, producer and anchor. That career enabled her to become a community advocate, helping countless charitable causes. In 2012, she organized the first CTV Amazing People gala to celebrate those she profiles on her regular television series. The event raised enough money to build two schools in Nicaragua, with SchoolBOX.
Eric Collard<br />
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Eric Collard
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
Eric Collard is a seasoned public relations professional with close to 15 years of experience in government, NGO’s and the private sector. He co-founded OMG in 2014 with philanthropic partner Kimothty Walker. Eric has been involved with SchoolBOX for years and is the co-founder and Past Chair of the CTV Amazing People Gala in support of SchoolBOX. Eric is enthusiastic about making basic education available around the world is already planning his next trip to Nicaragua.
Jim David<br />
Founder, Trumpet Capital Corp
Jim David
Founder, Trumpet Capital Corp
Jim has been a vital supporter of SchoolBOX since the beginning. Jim travelled to Nicaragua in early 2008 to help construct one of our first schools and has been actively involved ever since. Jim is a commercial mortgage advisor and founder of Trumpet Capital Corp in Calgary, Alberta. He is passionate about yoga, and helping children in Nicaragua.
Harvey Griggs<br />
Engineer, Entrepreneur
Harvey Griggs
Engineer, Entrepreneur
Harvey Griggs has enjoyed a remarkable career as an engineer and entrepreneur. In 2008 Harvey came to Nicaragua to assist with the build of SchoolBOX’s third school. He was deeply impressed with the kindness, the generosity, the spirit and the commitment to education demonstrated by the Nicaraguans. He has been an energetic supporter of SchoolBOX ever since.
Sue Griggs<br />
Executive Coach, Educator
Sue Griggs
Executive Coach, Educator
Sue has had an eclectic career as an educator with children and adults from ages four to eighty. Much of her energy is now focused on executive coaching and advising non profits such as SchoolBOX. Sue works to ensure that both the Canadian and Nicaraguan communities continue to grow and to develop with mutual respect and caring.
Sarah Dale-Harris<br />
LexisNexis Canada Inc. / Lawyer
Sarah Dale-Harris
LexisNexis Canada Inc. / Lawyer
Sarah has been involved with SchoolBOX since 2010. She travelled to Nicaragua to help build the first Shirley Case School in 2011, returned in 2012 to work on the second Shirley Case School and was a member of the Board of Advisors from 2011 until she joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Sarah is a lawyer with expertise in complex transactions, intellectual property and technology law, privacy, strategy and negotiation. She also knows how to pour a mean pint of Guinness!