Sheree Fukai

Sheree is from  Chicago, Illinois and had the privilege of moving to Belize in 2006.  She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois.
Sheree is a member of The Rotary Club of San Ignacio and has served on the board of the club.  She also holds the position of the Water Representative for District 4250 / Belize at a district level. She has very active on in the Belize Literacy Program. She us also working with District 5360 on the  Literacy Alive In Belize Program.   She lead one of the first VTT teams to Canada in the summer of 2011.  She is the Local Manager of the Anglican School system for the District of Cayo. The future of Belize is in the hands of our children.  “If we do not educate them to the best of our ability we cannot expect the country of Belize to grow and prosper. “
Sheree along with her husband Aki have dedicated there time in Belize to Humanitarian work and serves as the Comptroller for Cornerstone Stone Foundation,  a local NGO,  a member of the UNICEF Wash committee,  and on the Board of St. Andrews Church.  “It is our time to give back”. 

Dr. Cynthia Eve Aird

Dr. Cynthia Eve Aird is a member of the Rotary Club of San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize in District 4250. She has been involved in a supportive capacity with the Belize Literacy Project since its inception, and is now the Chair of the Belize committee. She led a one-way GSE team of educators to Alberta in 2009. She is the President of Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio. Before joining SHC, she spent 18 years working in higher education, specifically in teacher education and quality assurance in Belize at the University of Belize and at Galen University. She has served as tis the Chair of the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) and is the Vice Chair of the Belize Board of Teacher Education (BBTE). She also served as the Belizean Co-chair of the Consortium of Belize Education for Cooperation (COBEC) from 2006-2010, a consortium of Belizean and US tertiary level educational institutions working for the improvement of education in Belize,.

Jackie Hobal

Jackie Hobal is the District Governor of Rotary District 5370 for 2010-2011.

Jackie has been involved with the Belize Literacy Program as coordinator of the Professional Development component. She is an experienced educator, trainer and administrator and has taught in the teacher education program at University of Alberta, developed the implementation plan for new curriculum and coordinated the Professional Development for teachers in the Province of Alberta.

She has 33 years experience as a public School Administrator, Consultant and teacher and has earned a B.Ed and graduate degrees in curriculum and Instruction.

Anthony (Tony) Kernaghan

Anthony attended grade school in Edmonton and completed an educator degree, and a Masters of Education program in administration at the University of Alberta.  He was a teacher and administrator with Edmonton Public Schools for 33 years. Many years as a principal working with students from low social-economic communities, as well as several contracts as a principal with Northlands School District, have provided an excellent background to assist with the Belize Literacy Program.

Tony is a member of the Mayfield Rotary Club of Edmonton. He has been involved with the BLP since May 2010. In August 2010, he and his wife Ursula led the summer professional development sessions in the Orange Walk district in Belize.  Positive student behavior and administrative leadership are two areas of expertise he brings to the BLP.

Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole joined the Belize Literacy Committee in 2011.   She has over 10 years of experience as an elementary school educator in Edmonton, Alberta.  As well, Nicole as taught English as a Second Language in Japan. 
Nicole has experience coaching teachers in Balanced Literacy and Math at the schools she has worked in.   In addition, she mentors both student and beginning teachers.   Nicole also spent time providing training to teachers in Punta Gorda, Belize.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of Alberta.   Nicole is a member of the Edmonton Whyte Avenue Rotary Club.

Jennifer Lawley

Jennifer Lawley, a long time educator, was born in England. She taught junior high and high school science in England, Namibia and Natal, South Africa before coming to Edmonton in the late 1970’s where she tried her hand at Real Estate and Esthetics before returning to education 23 years ago when she joined Edmonton Public schools as a teacher and administrator. She was Principal at W P Wagner School of Science and Technology, and then for the last eight years before retiring was Principal at Ross Sheppard High School. Jennifer was the Conference Chair for the Western Canadian Educational Administrators Conference for the last 15 years and organized an annual conference for school administrators in Edmonton. A Rotarian for the past 11 years, she is a member of Edmonton West Club where she held numerous directorships and was Club President 2006-2007. Jennifer started the Edmonton Centennial Interact Club at Ross Sheppard in 2002, the first Interact Club in Edmonton and the second in District 5370. She held the position of Rotary District 5370 Interact Chair in 2007-2008 and last year held the Chairmanship of the Teacher Training and Professional Development arm of the District's Belize Literacy Program. Jennifer has visited Belize three times and represented Distict 5370 at the Rotary District 4250 Conference in Belize in 2010 where she presented on the Belize Literacy Program to Rotarians from Belize,Guatamala and Honduras. Jennifer has been married to Tony for the past 46 years, and has two children and four grandchildren.

Jerome Martin

Dr. Jerome Martin is the Publisher of Spotted Cow Press in Edmonton. He has over three decades of experience as a publisher, educator, photographer, author, editor and communications specialist, working with government, educational institutions and the private sector. Jerome is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta and a past President of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

He has written and edited books and articles on informal learning, knowledge management, rural development, and photography. His e-book Cappuccino U has been used throughout the world by students and informal learning specialists.

In addition to publishing paper books Jerome and his colleagues at Spotted Cow Press develop e-books, apps for the iPhone and iPad, and other innovative digital products for themselves and for clients in the learning and business areas.

Jerome has been a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton West since 1987. He has served in every board position in his club, including President (1995-96). Jerome was District Secretary for District 5360 in 1990-91 and has served in several roles on the District Board since then, including three years as a District Governor’s Representative.

Celestino Oh

Celestino Oh has served as the treasurer for Rotary Club of Yellowknife since 2009 and joined the Belize Literacy Project as treasurer in July 2011. Originally from Belize, Celestino moved to Canada in 1998 to attend Queen’s University where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a certificate in economics. After completing university, Celestino moved to Yellowknife where he works as an Associate Partner with MacKay LLP Chartered Accountants. Celestino successfully challenged the Uniform Final Examination and was accepted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in November 2005 and Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (ICANWT/NU) in February 2006. Celestino served as a director and secretary to the Council of the ICANWT/NU from 2006 to 2008. Celestino provides assurance and advisory services to various departments, crown corporations, and agencies of the Government of the Northwest Territories, Government of Nunavut, and various First Nation governments. Celestino also provides assurance and advisory services to corporate clients in a variety of industries. In addition to being the audit engagement partner for school boards in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, he is registered and volunteers with the Chartered Accountant School of Business as a student mentor. Celestino served as a facilitator with the Chartered Accountant School of Business in 2008 and as a volunteer tutor at the Student Resource Centre at Aurora College (Yellowknife Campus) in 2008 and 2009.

Lynne Paradis

Dr. Lynne Paradis is the Associate Superintendent of Learning Services with the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division.

She graduated with a Doctorate in Curriculum from the University of Alberta (2001) and a Master of Education in Leadership degree from University of British Columbia (1984). She has taught K-12 and been a Principal in elementary, high school and cyber school. She is happily married to Gerry, Associate Vice President at Red Deer College, and has three wonderful grown children.

Lynne is on the Executive of the Red Deer Rotary Club as International Director and has done generous volunteer Rotary work in Belize working with the Ministry of Education, teacher leaders and principals in efforts to assist Belize educators to improve literacy and graduation rates of students. Also involved in some education work in China she finds sharing her expertise a personally enriching experience. She has a strong interest in the professional development of teachers and leadership development of educators.

Lynne's role as a professional facilitator provides her many opportunities to share her 35 years of extensive educational experience with others as a workshop facilitator and speaker. She is passionate about improving education for students at all levels and enjoys working with adult learners who want to continually improve as teachers and educational leaders. Presently, she is doing considerable work in the area of changes in education to better meet the needs of the 21st century learner which has brought her in regular contact with the vast possibilities of technology to enhance student engagement and success in learning.

Dr. Paradis was recently awarded the distinction of a Woman of Excellence for Central Alberta and was also named as one of the forty Distinguished Alumni for Red Deer College. In her spare time she teaches part-time in the graduate program at the University of Alberta, enjoys downhill skiing, traveling, and scuba diving and has taken a new interest in yoga.

Betty L. Screpnek

Betty is District 5370 Governor 2013-14. Her home club is the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora since 1996. She has served as the Centennial President, chaired numerous committees and provided leadership at club and district levels. Betty has attended four International Conferences and remains active in international projects; most recently, a member of the team installing a playground in Belize. Betty’s first visit to Belize was to an International Project Fair, at which time she saw opportunities to develop a partnership with Rotarians in this beautiful country. Various business and volunteer organizations have benefitted from her entrepreneurial acumen for over 30 years. Betty owned and operated a successful Career Consulting business for over 23 years. Her formal education was acquired from the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario and through continuous education in the area of personal and professional coaching, training and facilitation.

David Taylor

David Taylor is member of the Rotary Club of Camrose, Alberta, and a past District Governor of Rotary District 5370 (2007-2008). He has extensive experience in business and finance, having served as a mortgage broker- banker, Vice President of The Regional Trust Company, and Planned Giving Officer for Camrose Lutheran College. David, working in a full time volunteer capacity between 1991 to 1997, has also served as Acting Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong, and Director of Stewardship Growth (Alberta and the Territories) and Assistant Director of Resource Development for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. David and his wife Elaine owned and operated College Lane Bed and Breakfast in Camrose from 1998 to 2007. David is a dedicated Rotarian for 0ver 25 years and an avid supporter of the Belize Literacy Program.

Ross Tyson

Ross was born in Borden Saskatchewan, but moved to Alberta in 1957, so prides himself an Edmontonian. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Genetics, a Professional Teaching Diploma, and a Master of Education in Policy Studies.

Employed as a teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal totalling 31 years of service to Edmonton Public Schools, Ross retired five years ago. After four months of golf, Ross was asked to serve as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton. He responded enthusiastically and has spent over five years in this position.

Ross has been honored by the Alberta Teachers Association Edmonton Public Local and the Public School Administrators Association with lifetime honorary memberships for his work with Principals. Ross and his wife Brenda celebrate their two children, Colleen and Jeff and their spouses and families including five beautiful grand children.

Ross is very active in Rotary holding the position of Past District Governor and current Chair of the Belize Literacy Program. Ross is a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and riding his motorcycle.