Our people

Our team is comprised of two sub-teams: the Alberta-based team addresses non-profit capacity building and public engagement in Alberta, while staff working on the Spur Change project on behalf of the Inter-Council Network are based across Canada and build the capacity of teachers and SMOs (small and medium organizations) across Canada.

  • Sandra Muchekeza
    Executive Director

  • Andréanne Martel
    Director – Spur Change

  • Rain Bossert
    Digital Campaign and Web Lead

  • Wajed El-Halabi
    Global Citizenship Education Lead

  • John Kunicki
    Communications and M&E Lead – Spur Change

  • Cedar Macrae
    Finance & Operations Manager

  • Yara Medrano
    Project and Executive Assistant

  • André Melrose
    Project Officer – Spur Change

  • Hope Salim
    Youth and Public Engagement Lead

  • Marie-Catherine Thouin
    Global Citizenship Education Lead – Spur Change

Board Members

ACGC is governed by an elected Board of Directors comprised of not less than seven and no more than thirteen persons, being Directors at large, and drawn from a representative mixture of diverse organizations. The Board of ACGC is a working board, made up of volunteers committed to the goals of the Council. The activities of ACGC are planned, implemented and evaluated by standing sub-committees. Standing committees are composed of Board members and persons drawn from the larger membership as required. The Executive Director works with the Board to carry out programming and the administration of the Council. ACGC is a member of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

Executive Committee

Bev Carrick
Embrace International Foundation

Daniel Zopoula
Bridges of Hope

Aditya Chaudhuri
Engineers Without Borders

Shaka Ceesay
Foundation for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Initiatives

Member at Large
Flora Trebi Ollennu
Trebi Ollennu Foundation for Community Development

Contact the Chairperson


Benazir Rahman
University of Calgary International

Dr. Farhan Mujahid Chak
Islamic Relief Foundation Canada

Greg Sowak
Norquest International 

Karen Joe
Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

Kristin Poch
Operation Eyesight Universal

Lindsey Machona
Expand Hope

Maria Cristancho
CAUSE Canada

Murwarid Ziayee
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Paulina Lazarini
Sombrilla International Development Society