Board of Directors
Khayanga Jenipher Wasike was born and raised in Musembe village, Lugari district, Western Province, Kenya, Khayanga holds a B. Ed. from Nairobi University, Teaching Certificates from Kenyatta University and Kericho Teachers College, a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Diploma in counselling from the University of British Columbia and Cornerstone Academy in BC Canada .
Ms Wasike brings her skills in community and public engagement, education and training both at elementary and high school levels acquired through working in several countries: Kenya, China, Japan, and Canada. She has extensive experience in human services and vast knowledge in community health and program development providing medical support, legal advocacy, counselling and crisis intervention.
She is the founder of the Lugari Community Resource Centre (LCRC) in her native village Musembe in Kenya. A community – based and driven enterprise which focuses on comprehensive involvement and direction, encouraging collective action and maximum participation in stimulating economic growth and social transformation of the community members
Khayanga believes in a realistic all-inclusive process of assessment and planning to promote gender equality, holistic health, democracy and long term sustainability for rural expansion, enhancing the ability for the community to recognize its Security, Peace building and conflict management through Transparency and Accountability.
She is involved with various sustainable economic development projects both locally and internationally. Khayanga worked for over seven years as a Health Promoter at Reach Community Health Centre in Vancouver and as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for an aboriginal agency on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Island) in British Columbia. Negotiating and mediating solutions to disputes and developing cultural sensitive programs on traditional and contemporary approach to healthy communities and networks.
Ms Wasike currently works full time for Willing Hearts International Society- Canada as the President and CEO of the organization.
Paula Kang was born in the French Territory of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon where she worked as an elementary school teacher for sixteen years before she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and their three sons. She received her teaching diploma from the Académie de Caen (France).
For ten years, Paula worked as a Special Education Aide in North Vancouver. In 2001, she returned to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and worked seven more years as a school teacher. She retired in 2008 then resettled in Vancouver.
Paula participates in various community projects including Latin American Seniors, African refugees and immigrant women group, tutoring at the African Homework Club and as a private Spanish and French tutor.
Her world travels include South Korea, the Caribbean, France and Spain where she worked as a translator for the Inter-parliamentary Union.
Board of Directors
Michelle Nicholson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Engineering in Chemical Engineering and has been employed in the environmental consulting industry for the last seven years. Roles have included Project Manager for contaminated site investigations and remediations, throughout British Columbia and more recently, as Client Manager, responsible for a portfolio of contaminated sites projects.
Ms. Nicholson’s interest in human development issues was piqued after a life-changing three month teaching experience in Kenya’s Western Province during her last year of high school. Since that time, she has been involved with international development in various capacities, including an active role on the Executive Committee of Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID) and a three month project with QPID, improving drinking water quality in rural Bolivia. From 2008 to present, Ms. Nicholson has been involved with Engineers Without Borders and was a member of the Executive Committee from September 2008 to December 2010, where she acted as a Fundraising Director and Corporate Engagement Leader. She has also volunteered locally with Team Vancouver Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity and Fair Trade Vancouver.
Since graduating from University Ms. Nicholson has travelled extensively on six continents (only Antarctica to go!). Most recently, she travelled for three months in Africa where she had the privilege of volunteering at WHISCA’s Lugari Community Resource Centre and met an exceptional group of bright, determine and hardworking individuals.
Sarah Khan is a lawyer with the BC Utilities Commission, where she provides legal advice to BCUC staff and Commissioners on issues affecting the regulation of electric and natural gas utilities in BC. Prior to working with the BCUC, Sarah was an Acting Executive Director and Clinic Lawyer with Seniors First BC, where she provided legal advice and representation to older adults through the Elder Law Clinic. Sarah also worked with a public interest law firm for many years, developing and litigating constitutional, administrative law and human rights cases primarily on issues involving income assistance, disability benefits, access to legal aid, and access to affordable residential electricity. Sarah has previously sat on the boards of West Coast Environmental Law and Spectrum Society for Community Living. Sarah received her law degree from the University of Victoria.
International Volunteer Coordinator
Ana Boskovic is a medical student at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from UBC, where she studied as a Loran Scholar after being awarded the national scholarship. Due to her interests in sustainable development and the opportunities offered through the Loran scholarship, she was the first international intern at the Lugari Community Resource Centre. Her belief that sport is an invaluable medium for physical, mental, and social development lead her to develop the centre’s sports program. Since her 3-month internship in Musembe, Ana continues to volunteer with WHISCA as an international volunteer coordinator. Her deep interest in women’s health makes her a strong supporter of the programs/events hosted at the centre which help to educate and better the lives of women and their families.
Outside of the classroom, clinics, and hospital wards, Ana spends her time connecting with family and friends, coaching in the Developmentally Challenged Youth Basketball Association, and hosting prenatal classes at BC Women’s Hospital for women living with substance abuse. An avid traveller, she takes any opportunity to explore a new part of the world, with her favourite destination being her home country of Croatia.