The Friends of Honduran Children (FoHC) Board of Directors is an active board with members who are involved in the running of various volunteer pillar programs and fundraising initiatives. The board mobilizes the volunteer force for fundraising and volunteer involvement in Honduras through Building, A and Medical Brigades. The FoHC board develops and implements a strategic plan for FoHC and supports Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (SAN) in developing their strategic plan. In doing so the board ensures that the intervention and programs in Honduras are effective, appropriate and responsible.
David Cain – President
David first went to Honduras in 2005 on a health care brigade. What struck him the most was seeing how little the people of Honduras had compared to what we have in Canada. He returned to Canada and made helping the abandoned, orphaned and impoverished children of Honduras a personal priority.
David first started with chairing the child sponsorship committee and when Dr. McCallum retired as president, David volunteered to become President of Friends of Honduran Children. He says, “the work is not always easy, and we have challenges but we are making a difference in these children’s lives.” David is a retired business person and tries to use his business skills to help where he can in Honduras.
Libby Dalrymple has been involved with FoHC since 2004. She enjoys being involved with a values-based, grassroots organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of the children of Honduras. Libby says she is inspired by the by the level of integrity, commitment, energy and passion that the all of the volunteers bring to this organization and its endeavours. Over her 10 years she says she has witnessed firsthand many positive changes that have taken place in children’s lives. Libby teaches French and Spanish at Lakefield College School and cares deeply about young people and education. She also feels a sense of solidarity with the teachers of Honduras who are working so hard, against all odds, to educate their students and likes the idea of building a bridge between our students and teachers and Honduran students and teachers. In her spare time she can be found cycling, skiing, spending time with family and friends and having adventures with her daughter.
Dan Durst is the most recent appointment as a volunteer on the board of directors for Friends of Honduran Children. He has also been the director of our child sponsorship program for the past since 2010. Over the past 11 years, Dan has taken both high school and adult groups on brigades to Honduras to work with the poor of Honduras. His brigades have built homes for orphaned and abandoned children, built schools in impoverished communities as well as installed safe cooking stoves and clean drinking water systems in rural communities. The goal of Dan’s work is to provide sustainability for our sponsorship program and to create an action plan for our children when they leave the orphanage to study at college or university.
Mary Jaynes is a retired Registered Nurse and was deeply moved by the people and especially the children of Honduras when she first participated in a medical brigade in 2004. She immediately became a child sponsor and has participated on four subsequent Primary Health Care (PHC) brigades, leading the first two PHC brigades from the Lindsay area. In 2008, she became a sponsor of the Reyes Irene Girls School and is presently chairs this committee which strives to ensure girls continue to have the opportunity to receive a basic education, made possible by the generosity of monthly donors. She believes that educating a girl will reduce poverty and is the key to a brighter future, and one filled with hope!
Anne was raised on a farm in Northern Manitoba and then went on to be a nurse. She worked in primarily in pediatrics and was also a nurse with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Anne and her husband Jim began their charitable work in Honduras in 1980 along with their three daughters. Anne has been an active volunteer with the Shape Belgium Schizophrenia Clinic, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and was a foster parent to up to three children at a time from newborn to teenagers. She now volunteers at her church and with the St. Vincent de Paul. Anne received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Dr. Jim McCallum – Founder and Past President
Jim received his DMD from the University of Manitoba and went on to receive his certification as an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon while serving with the Canadian Forces. He retired from the military in 1979 and established a practice in oral surgery in Peterborough, ON. Jim first traveled to Honduras on a medical brigade in 1979, and it was at this time that he first met Sister Maria Rosa and witnessed firsthand the terrifying and tragic conditions that so many Honduran children face every day. Upon his return to Canada, Dr. McCallum, along with his wife Anne, founded Friends of Honduran Children in response to his fervent desire to help Sister Maria Rosa in her tireless efforts. Jim has three daughters, Lorraine, Sandra and Elizabeth. Jim has a dream to grow the children`s village to one day house 500 orphaned and abandoned children.
Lorraine was inspired to become a fundraiser because of her early introduction to Honduras. Lorraine helped to co-found Friends of Honduran Children along with her parents Anne and Jim. She learned at an early age that one person in Canada can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child in Honduras, and says she continues to see that magic at work in the volunteers who travel to Honduras even today. Lorraine has lived and worked in Ghana, West Africa, and Indonesia, where she specialized in fair trade handicraft production. She currently fundraises with other organizations in Canada doing important work to change the world, but Honduras is still her first love.
Anne’s first exposure to Friends of Honduran Children in the fall of 2012 was with a brigade from Grace United. She enjoyed meeting Mae and the children at Nuevo Paraiso and was struck by the harmony and happiness that existed in the orphanage and the effectiveness of the program at the school for girls, Reyes Irene. Since 1985, Anne and husband Don Bocking have been the owners/directors of Camp Ponacka, a private boys’ camp near Bancroft. She discovered many similarities between summer camp and the Nuevo community. Anne wanted to contribute to FOHC and is currently helping out with marketing and fund raising. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming at Trent U, keeping in touch with her three grown children and practicing her Spanish skills!
Peter has been involved with FoHC since 2006. Peter is retired from Johnson and Johnson where he held several senior management positions in Finance and Information Technology in both Canada and the US. He has a masters degree in Business Administration, is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Black Belt in Process Excellence. His favourite part of being on the FoHC board is making a difference in the lives of Hundreds of children that are important to him. Peter works closely with the Sociedad Amigos de los Niños management team and enjoys helping them to improve how it delivers services and helping them to improve the sustainability of the organization. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, running, hiking, traveling and volunteering.
Allison Grierson – Office Manager – 705-749-1900, email@example.com
Allison has been the office manager with FoHC since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration and previously worked in the hotel industry as an Account Executive. Allison first went to Honduras in 2008 on a brigade and says the experience was life changing. Upon her return to Canada she changed careers and starting working for FoHC. Allison enjoys running, reading, knitting and walking her dog Pepe.
Carlos (Churri) Aguilar – In Country Brigade and Logistics Coordinator
Churri has been working occasionally with FoHC Brigades since 2005 and became our permanent In-Country Brigade and Logistics Coordinator in 2009. Churri enjoys meeting new friends from Canada on each brigade but especially enjoys being able to work to help the people of his country. When Churri is not working with our brigades he enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter Alexa.