Dr Miriam Sekandi is the CEO of the Break Free Zone Brand. She is a trauma-informed educator, workshop facilitator and healing coach. She supports individuals, families and / or professional groups with addressing ancestral, generational and childhood trauma. Miriam moved from Uganda to Canada in 2006 to pursue graduate Studies at the University of Alberta where she graduated with an MA in Human Ecology (2008) and a PhD in Secondary Education (2018). She is a professional development junkie and lifelong learner. Miriam currently holds the position of President with the ABTN Board.
Sitandekile is a Registered Social Worker with (ACSW) with over 15 years in the non-profit sector working with women and children facing family violence. Prior to migrating to Canada from Zimbabwe in 2001 she worked for the Ministry of Home Affairs and various organizations where she developed a passion to work with families in need. She had a keen interest in working with immigrant women who have experienced abuse as well as cultural based family violence. Sitandekile employs a trauma informed, client centered and culturally sensitive practice to her work. Furthermore, she is a strong advocate for a coordinated and collaborative response to domestic violence, human trafficking and child protection. She holds the position of Vice-President on the ABTN Board.
Teresa Ohawa is the owner and operator of Arion Aire, the first female, black owned HVAC company operating in Edmonton, Alberta. Teresa moved to Canada from Kenya to pursue her education in Business. Before devoting her work fulltime to Arion Aire, Teresa worked as a Jr Accountant. In addition, she volunteers with Women Building Futures(WBF) and Girls Exploring Trades & Technology as a speaker and mentor. She is the Secretary on the ABTN Board.
Admire Dube is an insurance broker in the city of Calgary. He was born in Zimbabwe and attained his Economics degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Admire has a passion to foster economic and financial independence in the black community. He works tirelessly with his clients to ensure they gain financial literacy they need to have a healthy relationship with money. He holds the position of Treasure with the ABTN Board.