Canada Board Of Directors

Meet Elimu’s Board Of Directors - CANADA


Jennifer Lavoie (Chairperson)

She brings 20+ years of public relations, fundraising and marketing skills to Elimu. She runs Lavoie Public Relations and is an international business advisor with non-profit clients in emerging economies such as Nigeria, Vietnam, Macedonia, Ethiopia and the Yukon. With Elimu, she assists with global communications and fundraising. Jennifer fully supports Elimu’s community-wide approach to learning, which empowers children, families and communities to build better livelihoods and realize their dreams. She holds a bachelor of public relations from Mt St. Vincent University, a masters in management from University of Ottawa, and a certificate in international community development. Jennifer teaches inner-city kids how to cook and coordinates a winter shelter in Nanaimo.

Maureen Monaghan (Secretary / Treasurer)

She is a native of Quebec City but has lived in Ottawa for over 45 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She spent her entire 33-year work career with the federal government as an economist and policy advisor in the Energy Sector of Natural Resources Canada, retiring in 2008. Maureen served for two years as treasurer of the Ottawa District Golf Association. She then became treasurer of the Ottawa Heart Institute Auxiliary, a position she held for 20 years. After retiring from the public service, she assumed the position of Managing Director for the Auxiliary. Maureen was also the treasurer of a small investment club for 15 years and has participated in a number of committees in her church, including 3 years on the finance committee.

Sospeter Gatobu (Board Member)

Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Sospeter is the Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (R, ME&L) and the Kenya Country Director at Learning for Humanity (Waterloo, Canada), and divides his time between Canada and Africa. He has been involved in knowledge translation/implementation research in diverse areas with local and international organizations to improve education, health, food security and community development especially for the rural poor in Africa. As a trained teacher, he tackles many issues from the educational perspective and has shared his expertise with stakeholders on the development of Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum. He also has in-depth experience with offline education technology for the classroom. Sospeter is a member of the Centre for Leading Research in Education (CLIRiE) of the Wilfrid Laurier University, and a visiting lecturer at the Nairobi University. Sospeter has a PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo, Master of Arts (Communication) from Daystar University (Kenya), and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University (Kenya). He is proficient in English, Swahili, and four other Kenyan languages. He enjoys photography, reading and writing.

Paul Davidson (Board Member)

Currently retired in Burlington, Ontario, over the years Paul has consulted with executives in for-profit organizations in North America and Europe, and with not-for-profit and charitable organizations in Canada, typically in terms of their organizational development and leadership needs. During his career, Paul has had extensive manufacturing, marketing, sales, general management, executive officer and board experience in a variety of industries including construction, automotive, environmental services, healthcare, refrigeration, executive development, insurance, wireless communications, film studio marketing, finance/leasing, and not-for-profit/charitable sectors. His responsibilities have ranged from managing development stage technology firms to leading multinational companies at both divisional and corporate levels. He has business experience in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East and has lived and worked in both Canada and the USA. Paul has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and is a graduate of Mahler’s International Advanced Management Skills Program. Paul is married, enjoys golf, tennis and fishing and is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA.