COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR
Maria is originally from Santiago, Chile and came to Canada in 2007. In 2013, she decided to pursue a Community Worker Diploma in order to be able to get into the field of community development that had always called her attention. In 2014, she enrolled at York University to get a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology as a way to complement her previous studies and experience. During her years as a student, she participated in 4 different summer abroad programs in Cuba, Peru and Germany. Being able to participate in such courses triggered in her a strong interest in the areas of international development and international cooperation. It was following these personal and professional interests that she arrived to Casa-Pueblito where she will be in charge of coordinating events and communications.
Emieke is exceptional in keeping all financial records in tip-top shape for the Casa - Pueblito staff and Board of Directors. Emieke was interested in the work being done at Pueblito, and after meeting the team she knew it was the right fit for her. Prior to joining Pueblito, Emieke was the accounting manager for a small software development company. Before coming to Canada, Emieke was a teacher in New Zealand. Personally, Emieke enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, painting, and canoeing. She is also a volunteer for the Toronto Parkdale Horticultural Society, maintaining their website, as well as being Treasurer on the Board of Directors.
Elizabeth began working with Casa Canadiense in 1995. She is the Administrative Assistant, and is responsible for accounting and finances in the Casa - Pueblito Managua office. Elizabeth is an agricultural engineer specializing in irrigation, and has a post graduate degree in Social Project Formulation. She is currently attaining a degree in Accounting, specializing in Auditing. Elizabeth has an 14 year old daughter, and loves going to the cinema to watch comedy.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC GROWTH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
With over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Jessica is passionate about engaging people and organizations to achieve great social impact. Her work has involved partnerships with foundations and corporations as well as creating opportunities for people in communities to be involved in projects. At Casa - Pueblito, Jessica is inspired by our demonstrated ability to achieve big impact with a small budget and excited to help grow our capacity to sustainably build resources for increased programs and services in our partner communities.
HOUSE & OFFICE ATTENDANT
Darling began working with Casa Canadiense in July, 2014. She is the housekeeper at our center in Managua, and also works as an office assistant with our accountant and our Country Director. Darling has recently finished her studies at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua) where she studied Educational Pedagogy with a focus on musical education. Darling plays the flute, piano, and loves animals and plants.
INTERN, GLOBAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
Sanya is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science at McGill University. Sanya grew up in various developing nations in the Middle East, and South Asia which led to an interest in global education and equity. This summer, Sanya is incredibly excited to be working with the Casa Pueblito Team to develop resources for delegations travelling to Nicaragua. She is also inspired by the athmosphere of solidarity and international cooperation that we encourage.
COUNTRY DIRECTOR, NICARAGUA
Ashley is from Nova Scotia, but considers Nicaragua a second home. After travelling to Nicaragua for the first time in 2012, she became interested in social justice, solidarity, and continuing to work with Nicaraguan communities. A graduate of St Thomas University, as well as York University’s Master of Arts program in Development Studies, she is passionate about NGO-community partnership and global social justice education for youth. Currently, Ashley organizes global education delegations and works with our Nicaraguan community partners to support our community development projects. She has worked with Casa – Pueblito in various capacities since 2015, including as an in-country intern with Christine King Cooperative and as a Fundraising intern in the Toronto office.
Ada Maria López Rivera
Ada began working with Casa - Pueblito as our Project Assistant in June of 2017. Ada lives in San Marcos, 34 km outside of Managua. She studied Psychology and loves learning about alternative therapies and agriculture.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND DONOR RELATIONS ASSISTANT
Lucero began working with Casa - Pueblito in 2018. She is our Administrative and Donor Relations Assistant at the Toronto office. She grew up in Mexico and it gives her a great understanding about the social situation in the Latin-American countries. She volunteered for other non-profit Latin-American associations in Toronto to support professionals to get into the labour market. She is more than excited to assist our Casa - Pueblito team in Toronto and at the same time been able to change the life of different communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala.