Our Team

 

 as a not-for-profit organization, we seek diverse voices in working to improve uzima. although we are open to all racial groups, we especially encourage black, and people of color, and others currently less represented in our governance groups to consider joining us in these important leadership roles.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

 

Jacobet Edith Wambayi PhD - Executive Director


In the late 1980s, she started working on HIV & AIDS with NGOs and other groups conducting national campaigns to spread awareness and sensitize people. she organized national and community workshops on HIV 
& AIDS targeting community leaders, opinion leaders, administrators and the civil society. The programs influenced the Kenya Government in bringing about tangible changes in legislation on HIV & AIDS.

Edith has continued the fight against the scourge in Canada since 2001. She provides support to people living with HIV working with AIDS service organizations in Canada. As well, Edith conducts community-based research and health needs assessments among vulnerable communities in Canada. In 2007 she was appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS. The Council advises the Federal Minister of Health on the Federal Initiative on HIV & AIDS. Edith’s International experience includes assignment to Bangladesh with Canadian Public Health Association/Canadian International Immunization Initiative/WHO/CDC/UNICEF where she provided technical advice to the Ministry of Health and participated in the Polio eradication and other vaccine preventable diseases initiatives. Therefore, she has actively founded and advocated Uzima since its inception in 2010, incorporation in 2012, and growth to date.

Edith is a holder of a PhD and MSc in Medical Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Education/Science, a Diploma in Community- Based Program Planning and Management, and several certificates in health and related fields. 

 

Robert Gichuru - Board Secretary

Robert Gichuru has more than 27 years working in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Kenya and Canada. Ten of those years have been in the Non- Profit sector in Canada. He is passionate about developing technology to improve lives.Education: University of Toronto, 2004, University of Nairobi, 1988.

 

Bo Kyogonza - Board Member

Bo is a Ugandan and recent citizen to Canada who has spent the last 12 years with AMREF Canada, assisting the Director of Donor Relations with fundraising programs for AMREF projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been a mentor in her community to young adult immigrants to Canada, by offering resources for recreational use to help with physical well-being. 

Bo is a Product Development Coordinator and East Africa Travel Advisor in Sustainable Tourism at Kensington Tours with expertise in Middle East.

Bo graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce at Ryerson University, where her studies focused on Tourism & Hospitality Management. Bo was awarded for the Jamaica Tourism Innovation Challenge Challenge. 

 

Elizabeth Erhirie - Board Member

 

Dr. Rukia Swaleh - Board Member

Dr. Rukia Swaleh has completed her medical training to become an endocrinologist fellow with the University of Alberta/Alberta Health Services. She is passionate about the health and well being of women and is involved in a number of volunteer and mentorship initiatives aimed at improving the lives of marginalized women and children.