The founder of TPFSL and a passionate educator, Christina has a BA from Simon Fraser University with joint majors in World Literature and Teaching English as a second language. She first traveled to Sierra Leone in 2008 with her high school Surrey Christian, and instantly felt a passion to work alongside youth to create real, sustainable change. She has been to Sierra Leone every year since then, and now lives there full time volunteering with TPFSL and working as a teacher. Christina is honoured to have such an amazing team working alongside her, and she is thrilled to have learned so much about community, development, and sustainability through her work – she hopes TPFSL will continue to grow and impact lives.
Krissi (left) and Hali (right)
Hali has a BA from Simon Fraser University with a major in International Studies and Sociology and a minor in Gerontology. Her education has taught her the importance of taking a grassroots approach to development for creating sustainable change. She decided to get involved with TPFSL after she visited Sierra Leone and meet the TPFSL students. She believes the organization embodies the development practices that have proven to be most effective such as community development and education. Hali enjoys travelling, dancing and learning.
Yabome is a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, who was born in Germany. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and three children. Yabome is empassioned by issues of education and the human development potential of seeing difference from the perspectives of equality, honouring and learning. She is a leadership and organization development consultant within the Canadian health system, lectures undergraduate and graduate courses and was named an Institute for Social Innovation Scholar at Fielding Graduate University for her research into the growth and development needs of war-affected people in Africa.
A team of committed professionals work on TPFSL’s board to assist in delivering on our mission and vision.
Johan Melissen is a teacher at Surrey Christian School, where he taught Christina Bucholtz. For 14 months in 2008/2009, he and his wife Adrienne lived and volunteered as a teacher and a nurse in Kabala, Sierra Leone. As such, he brings local knowledge and experience to the board, as well as a passion for responsible and patient development work. As an educator, he knows the impact that a good education can have on individuals and communities, and is committed to seeing TPFSL work toward these positive ends within Sierra Leone.
Ann McBurnie is the Operations Manager, Library Resources at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has known the founder of TPFSL, Christina Bucholtz, since she was a pre-schooler. Ann has followed Christina’s adventures in Sierra Leone and supported her efforts. In 2013 Christina asked her to join TPFSL Board and Ann felt it was a natural fit.
Adelana is a Sierra Leonean – Canadian who is married with three children and lives in Vancouver, B.C. He is the Vice President of Smol Pawa Energy Inc. and is also a Specialist Engineer and Business Leader in B.C. and beyond. Adelana is committed to issues around unity and service and been involved in infrastructure and social development across Africa and Canada for over 20 years. He spends as much time as possible outdoors engaged in sports or gardening, is an avid reader and loves philosophy, art and travel.
Hailey is a student in her final year at Simon Fraser University, studying philosophy with a focus on German Rationalism. She loves kayaking, reading Milan Kundera, and watching old movies. She is passionate about TPFSL mainly because she firmly believes in the empowering values of education and hope.