Lynn Connell founded the Majengo Orphanage with Tanzanian project Coordinator Charles Luoga, in March 2008. She has worked as a volunteer in Africa since 2006, faciliating HIV AIDS workshops, creating micro finance programs to PLWHA and works hands-on in all aspects of the Majengo Orphanage, visiting Majengo extensively twice a year. As an professional artist, she founded and has operated the Creativity Art Retreat (1996 – 2012) in Dunedin/Creemore, coordinating and teaching art workshops there. As a local and national event coordinator, she worked on environment, First nation, anti apartheid, womens, and disarmament issues for 25 years. She spends her time in Africa, Dunedin and Toronto and has three grown children and 5 fabulous grandkids.
Brian Metcalfe is a retired chartered accountant with a Phd in English literature. Born in Toronto, he is married to Kathleen and has two daughters and two grandsons. He spends much of his time these days painting portraits and landscapes in oil.
Brian and Kathleen spent two years in the sixties teaching secondary school in northwestern Uganda. They are familiar with east Africa and are enthusiastic supporters of Majengo. Brian is involved as a part-time accountant with the Majengo Canada organization.
Suzanne Villeneuve has worked for over 25 years as a Senior Executive in the health care sector and is currently engaged as a Senior Strategist at in-sync, an established insight and market research consultancy that specializes in translating human insight into business solutions. Her path crossed with Lynn Connell, founder of Majengo, at one of Lynn’s Creativity Art Retreats in Dunedin, and two things happened! She became a passionate (if still closeted), painter and an enthusiastic supporter of the children of Majengo.
With a husband, two children and a very large Bernese Mountain dog, Suzanne is looking forward to the time when she will be able to explore these new found passions more fully. For now, she helps out with the Majengo Canada Board and finds time to paint when she can.
Simone Lee Hamilton is our Social Media liaison for Majengo Canada, bonding passionately with the children after a month long volunteering stint in January 2012, teaching English, art and beadwork. She has a bachelor of arts from Queen’s University in Art History and a post-graduate marketing diploma from Humber College. With her broad knowledge and her love of children she has been an asset to the team since her start. Simone has worked as an English and Art teacher at Majengo and nearby Mama Anna’s English Medium School. Since April 2013, her love of the children has brought her back 3 times; for a month each time. Simone is currently attending teachers college to become a primary school teacher and intends to return to Majengo in September to teach for six months, a great assistant to
Grayson, the primary school teacher at the orphanage. Check out her work on twitter at @majengokids and on facebook by searching Majengo Orphanage, Tanzania.