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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. 


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.



Jessica Hazen

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.   

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Darling Huerta 

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 with our Global Education Coordinator. 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. She is member of the Rubén Darío musical choir in UNAN-Managua, and is currently preparing for her graduation. Darling plays the flute and loves animals and plants.

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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 11 year old daughter, and loves going to the cinema to watch comedy.

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Ada Maria López Rivera

PROJECT ASSISTANT                                                                                                                                             

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.