People Involved


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Norm Ridley
Natalizia Nadeau
I am a mother of four and have been teaching in the school system for 28 years.  I love working with children of all ages, helping them develop their talents and knowledge.  I feel passionate that every person should have the opportunity to do so and have worked towards this goal all my life.  It has been a long held dream of mine to one day visit Africa and work with such beautiful people in need.  I am so happy to be able to work with this generous, compassionate group of friends at Help Burkina Faso Canada and I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to use my gifts to help the people of Burkina Faso.
Audrey Burm
I have always wanted to do missionary work.  After visiting Burkina Faso in January 2017 with Sjef Theunissen of Help Burkina Stichting in the Netherlands, He asked if I would consider starting a sister charity in Canada.  I did not hesitate.  I knew this is what I wanted to do.  I am so grateful to have a supportive husband and friends that have the same passion in their hearts.  I truly hope that we can make a difference in the lives of people of Burkina Faso by continuing the work started by Sjef and Father Willy Burm.
There is a special place in my heart for the people of Africa after spending time there in my 20's.  I am proud to be a part of Help Burkina Faso Canada and to contribute to the basic needs of these beautiful people.  I am a wife, mother of 5 sons, and especially love to work with young people.
Sherri VanVliet
Ann Anctil
I am, married to a wonderful man (Daniel), a mother and a friend.  I love to sing, have tea with friends and help others.  I spent about 3 months working with the Missionaries of Charity in Gallup,New Mexico before I was married and continue to support their work of helping the poorest of the poor.  I am excited to part of Help Burkina Faso Canada so to make a difference in the lives of others for the glory of God.
Kevin Stock
My career in government has developed my skills in project management, policy analysis, and governance-a skillset well suited to building projects and creating programs for communtities, wherever they may be.  I have 2 sons and recognize that their opportunities are directly tied to the support they receive from family, the community, and the government.  Many of the kids in developing nations do not have these supports so they don't even hope for the opportunities that come readily to my own kids.  The work we do at HBFC offers that hope.  Through our work alleviating poverty and promoting education, doors open for the kids in the village and lives of prosperity become possible.
Beyond the obvious benefit to the children and the community in Burkina Faso, the rewards come to me as well.  I have traveled extensively in rural and developing areas in the world and have seen firsthand the challenges that come with limited opportunity.  As I traveled, I had been unable due to circumstance to participate in the betterment of the people I have met in these places.  That is why I am so honoured to be part of the work that HBFC does.  This allows me to finally contribute to improving lives of people who have little or no resources with which to help themselves.  More broadly, it is also comforting to know that I am contributing to a legacy that will continue to provide long after I am gone.
Sjef Theunnisen
Pascaline Kabore
Roger Tougouma