OUR DREAMSHARE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Valerie has been a full-time journalist on daily newspapers for more than 25 years, with two decades at the Waterloo Region Record as an arts reporter. This career has made Valerie an adept communicator who works effectively with others. Journalism requires collaboration and a sensitivity to legal and ethical responsibilities. Those skills, over the years has given Valerie a unique perspective on how to analyze the big picture. Sharing discoveries and performing arts with readers has afforded Valerie a broad range of interests.
Valerie, a mother of two grown children and a grandmother of one, is also passionate about the outdoors and spends much of her free time hiking, biking and, when time allows, solo camping in Algonquin Park where she finds time to let the beauty and silence of the natural world recharge her batteries.
Valerie loves to travel and spent the first 10 years of her adult life as an air cargo agent at Pearson International Airport, a job that provided opportunities to travel to places such as Spain, the Philippines, and across the U.S. Her first trip to Uganda, in 2012, opened a whole chapter in her life and with the help of friends, Valerie launched DreamShare Uganda, supporting youth through education and performing arts in the Pearl of Africa.
Judy Shaw is a lifelong resident of Kitchener, Ontario where she went to school, raised her three children, and built a career in business. She is a graduate of Laurier University (Business 1989) (Sociology 2004). She spent the past 20 years managing a large import/distribution/sales company dealing with mass merchandisers and working with factories in China. Many trips to Asia developed her passion of travelling in retirement and volunteering with Habitat for Humanities (building a home in Vietnam) and Family and Children Services of KW. But her greatest pleasure in being retired is spending extra time with her 3 grandsons. She looks forward to contributing to the success of DreamShareUganda and developing a special working relationship with the recipients in Uganda.
Driven by a goal to accelerate African Development through innovation and collaborative work, Theophile Korsah Ossinga has found himself on the pursuit and execution of various projects in the vein of Entrepreneurship and Technological Advancement.
A firm believer in positive values, Theo lives by the mantra "Believe and Achieve" and remains driven to be a catalyst for progressive growth in all settings he finds himself.
His background in Political Sciences, Digital Innovation and Event Management have shaped his course of life through different continents. Currently resident in the Ontario tech hub of Waterloo, he pursues actively; progressive partnership formation and idea development for social impact. His current fields of operation include Blockchain Technology applications and Creative Direction for Brand and Marketing Development.
Theo is a creative art enthusiast with a penchant for poetry.
Involvement with community groups that enhance the well-being of others has consistently been a part of Rita Weigel’s lifestyle. With an enjoyable career in marketing for major Canadian food companies behind her, Rita wants to give back with her skills of collaboration, innovation, strategic development, and communications.
As a mother of three adult children and three grandchildren, Rita is enjoying spending time with family, and in traveling the world. She is excited to start a new chapter with the great team of DreamShare Uganda.
Jim and his wife moved to Kitchener following retirement. This is his third time living in the region. In the 1970’s he attended the University of Waterloo where he obtained a degree in mathematics, majoring in actuarial science. He later moved to Waterloo for a job in the insurance industry with his then young family in 1985. His three children are grown up now and he and his wife are thrilled to have six grandchildren.
Jim enjoys the outdoors and likes to spend time hiking, canoeing, and cycling. Jim and his wife love to travel, either on their own or with family or friends. He has also dedicated time in retirement to volunteering. He has been on the Boards of Directors of two different trail-related not-for-profit organizations in the region, currently serving as Treasurer for one of them.
Jim looks forward to working with DreamShare Uganda to help create brighter futures for children in Uganda.