The Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are all committed to helping these students, the school and the community.  

Joanne McFadden


Joanne began Aya Education Fund after visiting Tanzania and meeting Charles Shayo at Kilimanjaro.  Upon returning to live in Bomg Ng'ombe, she realized that her past work in non profit management could benefit the students at Kingereka School.  Now with a growing charity, Joanne spends her time communicating with Charles and the teachers to ensure that we are able to help students that need something, pay for fees and look at the long term needs of the school.  

Jenni Brigger


Jenni has a background in child and youth work, as well as working in the non profit sector.  Her passion for children and ensuring education is a driving force for Aya.  

Jenni joined Aya at it's inception and has been the champion in ensuring that Aya continues to exist and grow.  She one day hopes to travel to Tanzania and meet these students, speak with the teachers and see first hand how her work in Aya has made such a difference.  

She is aware that every little bit has a big effect on these children and she wants all of them to have a chance to attend high school and have a better life.

Jen MacDonald


I grew up in a home with a teacher, my dad.  I have three other family members who are also teachers.  Education was extremely important in my family and I grew up knowing that I was going to have to work hard in school and university in order to achieve my dreams.  What drew me to Aya?  I believe it's important to use what knowledge you have t
o make the world just a little bit better.  A lot of people who don't live in Africa have no idea that in order for any child to go to school there the family has to pay for this privilege, if there is no money that child doesn't go to school.  I can't imagine not having the opportunity to get an education, but it's a very real reality in Africa.  But thankfully with Aya we have the opportunity to help some children better themselves so they can in turn help better the lives of their families.  
I hope by being a part of Aya that I can help bring awareness to what Aya is all about and how the work that's being done is helping the community.

Charles Shayo

Director -Tanzanian Contact

Charles Shayo is a trek guide for Kilimanjaro and our local Tanzanian Board Member.  Charles has a passion for his community, he helps to organize and purchase school supplies, any exam fees, as well as sends photos of the students and of the school. 

Charles is a pilar in his community.  Many neighbours come to visit, seek advice, and sit and speak with him.  He would love for volunteers to come and visit and see how amazing his country is.  He welcomes those who would like to do a homestay and spend time in his village.

Adam Cormier



Adam has an extensive  background in Social Work as well as being an incredible photographer.  His passion for making a difference is inspiring, and he jumped at the chance to be a part of Aya Education Fund.  

In addition, Adam has several years of volunteer experience helping others, and it was a great fit to have him join our team.

In his free time, Adam enjoys playing, and coaching hockey, carpentry and planing a trip to Tanzania.  He would love to visit the students and take photos of them in their homes with their families and document the effect that the program has on their lives.