Chairman – Dr. Chris Opio
Manager, Uganda – Geoffrey Odongo
Geoffrey Odongo who is an Alumni of University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) was born and raised in Kamdini, a village in rural northern Uganda. Before joining the graduate school at UNBC, in the College and Science and Management Program in 2001, he held a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Management from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. While at UNBC, he remained a permanent advocate for the plight of people in northern Uganda following a devastating civil conflict which lasted well over two decades. His views and passion for the people facing untold suffering in his native northern Uganda greatly contributed to the founding of Northern Uganda Development Foundation (NUDF).
NUDF Communications Coordinator – Glen Montgomery
NUDF Treasurer – Dave Nielsen
Dave is a partner with Schmitz, Anderson, and Nielsen Certified General Accounts. He joined the practice in 1996 and has been working in public practice for over 30 years after receiving his CGA designation in 1987.
Dave is a long time resident of Prince George, British Columbia. He leads a busy family life and is a committed biking and swimming enthusiast. Dave has been involved in a number of volunteer positions including Prince George Youth Soccer and other sports organizations, as well as business committees including Prince George Estate Planning committee and the Prince George Cariboo CGA. In addition to his work with the Northern Uganda Development Fund, Dave is currently active in the local CGA chapter as an education chair.
Dave has been moved by the stories Chris and others share. He believes in the importance of clean drinking water for everyone and is looking forward to traveling to Uganda this summer (2014) to see NUDF’s work in action.
NUDF Director At Large – Ted Renquist
Ted likes to say he was raised in beautiful downtown Burnaby. He came to Prince George in 1974 for a teaching position and adventure for just a couple of years; he retired from the school district in 2007 as a school administrator. Ted has never lost his interest in history. While studying at Simon Fraser University he became interested in African history. In later years he continued his passion for history and was presented the Jeanne Clarke Memorial Award for his research into the history of local education in Prince George. His interest in Africa, especially Uganda has also developed because his wife Janet is from northern Uganda. Ted continues to serve his community in retirement. Besides being a director for NUDF he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribou Action Training Society, and an active member of the African Heritage Society and the College of New Caledonia Black History Committee. As Director at large he takes on projects that need considerable time which other directors who work full time cannot fulfill.
NUDF Director At Large – Brenda Sanbach
Photos by Susie Crichton. Creative Insight Photography