The New Faces of CEF

This year, CEF is proud to announce that five new members have joined our Board of Directors. From a variety of backgrounds, skills, and experiences, we are thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to our roster.

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Antonia V. Goga

Antonia is a national and international award-winning designer, currently a Senior Designer at TAXI, an ad agency that uses an integrated approach to build powerful brands. Antonia believes that ideation, clear communication, a true commitment to quality and a distinguished attention to detail are key elements in accomplishing impactful, long lasting results. Her work has received over 70 accolades from some of the most prestigious organizations, and she is an active member of the design community, taking part in initiatives, awards judging, portfolio reviews and in panels as a guest speaker. Over the years, Antonia has been involved with charities and non-profits, with a strong focus on giving back and raising awareness around poverty, health, education, as well as arts and culture issues.

Which of your skills or experiences are you most proud of to contribute to the organization?

As a creative person, designer, art director and photographer, it was a no-brainer that I should get involved with CEF. It's a great way to be able to give back while doing what I love. I'm looking forward to contributing as much, and in as many ways I can, based on my skills and experience, with a strong focus on helping raise awareness around the organization and how incredibly easy other creative people can make a difference.


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Christine Ackerley

Christine is a professional communicator who helps great ideas thrive in practice. Drawing on her journalism training and experience in communications, marketing, and project management, she works with multi-disciplinary teams to create imaginative and effective solutions for evidence-based projects in healthcare, education, and non-profit sectors. Christine is the Vancouver coordinator of Cities Changing Diabetes, a global public-private partnership initiated by Novo Nordisk to combat rising rates of diabetes. She holds a bachelor of journalism from Carleton University and an MA in research communications and knowledge translation from SFU. When she’s not on a conference call, you can find Christine skiing, planning her next travel adventure, or binge-listening to podcasts.


What excites you about working with CEF?

I am most excited to support CEF's continued growth and evolution as a unique charity rallying creative professionals to use their skills for a good cause.


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Pamod Hemakumara

Pamod is an enthusiastic individual with a keen interest in helping others, building new relationships, and exploring interesting and innovative concepts. His passion to help others and make positive contributions to society has lead him to immerse himself in organizations such as CEF. Pamod’s education and career is focused on business and corporate development relating to life sciences. In his spare time, Pamod is usually skiing, biking, and making the best of what western Canada has to offer.

Why do you want to work with CEF?

CEF offers a unique and differentiated platform in comparison to traditional charities or non-for-profit groups. As a result, CEF has attracted many talented individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who all share a similar passion in helping others. The main reason I want to work with CEF is that it provides an opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals who share a common interest in helping others. Additionally, I like that the CEF platform promotes creativity and is flexible in terms of new ideas and approaches to expanding the capabilities of program.    


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Vicki Schelstraete

Specializing in stills production and art direction, Vicki enjoys collaborating with the most creative minds in the photo industry, both locally and internationally. With over 20 years of in-depth industry knowledge, she has extensive experience producing large and small-scale shoots as well as conceiving creative concepts that set mood and direction from lifestyle to fashion to industry, sport, and business.

Vicki loves the diversity that comes with residing in downtown Toronto, thrives on the energy of challenging CrossFit WODs, and, most importantly, adores being the proud mom of the Dark Knight. 

What excites you about working with CEF?

Having volunteered with CEF since 2013 as their producer and art director in Toronto, I’m excited to take on a greater role as a Board Member. The idea that a group of like-minded individuals in Canada can come together and by their contributions, put smiles on young children’s faces in developing nations and help make life a little easier for their families as a whole, is a wonderful thing.


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Vincent Fung

With over 15 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector, Vincent has been involved in issues ranging from public health, urban planning, humanitarian response, to disaster risk management. He has worked for the United Nations in Switzerland, Timor-Leste, and Thailand as a communications and information management officer, and consulted on projects for UNDP in South East Asia, health NGOs in the Balkans, and local and federal organizations in Canada. He is currently a disaster and conflict monitoring expert for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. Vincent holds a Master’s in International Urban and Environmental Management from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Victoria.
 
What excites you about working with CEF?

The innovative approach of connecting and utilizing the creative community, photography, and business partnerships to support development projects to improve the lives of people around the world.