BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I am passionate about the philosophy of community development and capacity building in collaborating with Zambian health care professionals.
I have the utmost respect and admiration for my Zambian colleagues, who work tirelessly to provide the best possible health care in resource challenged situations. We rely on their expertise and guidance as we work together to improve healthcare.
In my position of Executive Director, I hope to support the work of OKAZHI members in both Zambia and Canada. I envision new partnerships with other NGO’s and universities as well as honouring partnerships with the University of Zambia, University of Barotsland and the Zambian Ministry of Health. I ask our members and partners to continuously challenge each other to make sure our work is grounded in ethically in the principles of community development, and led by our partners in wherever we work.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world”
Rebekah is currently the chair of OKaZHI’s fundraising committee, and is passionate about developing fundraising strategies, donor acquisition and management for the organization. Rebekah has a strong desire to pursue a career in the non-for profit administration and is starting her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Thompson Rivers University in the fall of 2017.
Jackie’s graduate research explored Aboriginal women’s experiences of accessing healthcare services when child apprehension was a threat. This ignited a passion for social justice health, and in her nursing career she is committed to working towards improved access to healthcare for individuals that are socially and economically marginalized.
Jackie now works at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Health and Social Development (School of Nursing). She is the faculty chair of the School of Nursing’s Global Health Committee. The SON at UBC Okanagan provides students with an opportunity to complete a global health practicum in a low-resourced region. In 2014 and 2015 she co-led a group of 4th year nursing students on a global health practicum in Zambia.