Our Team

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Serena Bufalino

Our Founder

Serena Bufalino is a force of nature. She is rooted in service to others and hauls herself over every obstacle using the pitons of hard work, dedication, and determination.  What began as a career as a teacher under the Section 23 program with Toronto’s at-risk youth, has evolved into a lifetime of service work empowering and inspiring people across the globe. Serena has taught in detention centres, mental health hospitals, and group homes. In 2011, the Haiti School Building Project was born, when her Section 23 students, insisted “Miss B, you say we can do anything, so let’s build a school.” In partnership with John Callaghan of Third World Awareness over $100,000 was fundraised and a school in Canaan, Haiti for three hundred students was constructed.  Today, Serena, alongside a group of global movers and shakers, runs Help Heal Humanity and intends to change the world one “yes” at a time. Serena holds a BA from McMaster University.

Awards:

  • 2015 winner of the McMaster University Alumni Arch Award.
  • 2017 Excellence Award for Teaching from the Toronto District School Board.
  • Nominated as one of the top 100 teachers in Canada by the Toronto Star and won an honourable mention in 2015 and 2016.
  • Ranked third overall in Toronto for putting in more community service and hours than any other volunteer in the GTA.
  • Won the Ontario Heart award in 2015 for displaying courage and strength in working with at risk populations and caregiving for those most in need,
  • Nominated one of Toronto’s Best Influencers by Elle Magazine

Meet Our Board of Directors

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Patricia Karen Gagic

Patricia is President of Patricia Karen Gagic Art Enterprises Inc., an International Contemporary Artist and Author. She is the CFO of the Hamilton Vein Clinic, and has had an extensive career in Banking, Finance, Small Business, Property and Medical Management and Retirement Homes. In 2013 she was Knighted as a Dame of the International Order of St. George Grand Prior of Canada. She is a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in the Arts for Courage and Commitment to Human Rights, Dignity and Freedom by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She is a member of the Ontario Cabinet for Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Sir Edmund Hilary Foundation Board of Directors, the Oakville Rotary D7080 Passport Club South and  Advisor to the Divon Academy. Patricia is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal and the Award of Excellence by Toronto Women’s Expo. She is the 2018 Gold Medal Photography recipient by the (SNBA) Salon Nationale Beaux Arts, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris France.

Patricia is recognized by WXN as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada awarded the BMO Arts and Communication category in 2015, Royal Bank Champion in 2016 and BMO Arts and Communication in 2017.  In 2018 she was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame.

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Daniella Kelloway

Daniela Kelloway is a veteran PR and communications professional, writer, and tech startup founder.  She has spoken at conferences around the world, walked A-list celebrities down red carpets, and broken world records. She is a yogi, has three children and splits her time between Toronto and Prince Edward County. Here latest venture BooknBrunch, a tech platform for book clubs, is on a mission to reconnect the world in real life through books and food. Learn more here: BooknBrunch. Learn more about her PR firm here: ClutchPR

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Angie Nesci

Angie is an inspirational businesswoman and philanthropist.  She is honoured to be serving on the board of Help Heal Humanity and is committed to supporting their meaningful work for children in developing countries through infrastructure development and education.   She is the president of Midgley West and holds an MBA from McMaster University.

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Ryan S. Marks

Ryan is Owner and Operator of Legacy Hospitality.  Ryan developed the team for Legacy Hospitality LLC, The VIG Chicago LLC, The Whale Chicago LLC and Welcome Back Lounge Chicago LLC.  Mark sits on the Board of Directors for The Chicago Leadership Alliance, GoCivicChicago.org, The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, and has been asked to for the Illinois Restaurant Association.  He previously sat on the board for the Sheffield Neighbourhood Association.  He is involved with the MS Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Immerman’s Angels, The Haiti School Building Project and The Holiday Heroes Foundation.

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Ashley Holly McEachern

Ashley is a dynamic content writer, social media guru, and sought-after yoga teacher in Toronto, Canada. With a Masters degree in International Studies and a passion for words, Ashley has travelled extensively and written content for over 100 businesses around the globe. Ashley has published numerous articles in lifestyle and wellness magazines, books, journals, and blogs. She balances her life as a writer by teaching public yoga classes and leading yoga teacher trainings down-town Toronto.

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Evalisa Natasha

Evelisa is a Sicilian painter with a degree from Harvard University Native American Program. Her professional background in First Nations-government relations, American Indian legal research, and community relationships has enabled her to support young First Nations in a myriad of ways. Evelisa is on the leadership committee of 4Rs National Youth Reconciliation, works in Negotiations with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) and has previously worked for the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, volunteered with Great Lakes Intertribal Council and Native Child and Family Services.

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Chloe Gatkowski

Chloe has a rich ethnic culture being of Polish & Haitian background.  She studied Fashion Communications at Ryerson University and Commercial Dance Studies at George Brown College; she was awarded first class honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and is certified in Pilates Mat; she was the Creative Director of a Canadian designed and manufactured apparel brand and has worked as a model for over 20 years. Currently Chloe is dedicating herself to her young family full time. Chloe has travelled extensively and lived in Europe for 2 years. This helped develop her strong social conscious and the importance of the global community, traits she tries to instil in her two beautiful daughters. Chloe has always been keenly interested to learn more about her Haitian Heritage and to give back to the country of her father’s birth.  She is beyond thrilled to be part of such an illustrious team and to have the opportunity to do good in the world. Together we can do anything!

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Angela Fuster

Born and brought up in Mallorca, Spain, Angela always felt a special curiosity for other cultures and places. She lived abroad for over a decade studying and teaching phonetics and speech perception at several European Universities. Angela started practicing yoga 18 years ago and soon became a yoga teacher and founder of Tramuntana Flow Yoga Retreat Center in Mallorca. 
Ángela strongly believes that the sum of our individual actions can have a huge impact on our local and global communities. She got involved in social projects where solidarity plays a major role and when she met likeminded spirit, Serena Bufalino, in 2016 she decided to support the Haiti School Project.
In 2018 Angela founded her own charity, Asociación Tramuntana Flow, where she shares her passion for Yoga on and off the mat. She started a charity yoga program at Tramuntana Flow, where she donates the space and organises yearly yoga retreats with the help of volunteers such as yoga teachers, chefs and therapists. They donate their time and expertise and the retreat fees are fully donated to the charity project/s.
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Rowena Rodriguez

Rowena is an International Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Investor and Survivor of Lupus. With over 18 years in non-for-profit and public sector health promotion, stakeholder and community engagement, her passion for community, service to humanity and connecting with people is what drives her. Rowena has travelled both professionally and as a volunteer to over 30 countries around the world including Tanzania, the Northern Arctic, and Siberia to work with local physicians to provide basic health care to those living in remote communities. As an international speaker and health advocate, she has been featured at the Future Public Health Leaders Conference, The World Conference on Tobacco or Health and many media outlets to share her story of survival and inspiration. Currently, Rowena sits on the board as a Patient Advisor for the Toronto Western Lupus Clinic and has a community of 15,000 in over 100 countries to support those living with Lupus. Rowena also runs a venture focused on helping people transform their financial fitness as well as their health and she is excited to transfer that knowledge of education to those in Haiti through Help Heal Humanity. Her mission is to redefine what’s possible for people by spreading hope, transforming lives and empowering people.
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Lisa Dalia

Lisa Dalia is an entrepreneur who followed her dreams of owning her own shoe store – that was almost a decade ago! Lisa is a very strong believer of giving back to the community that has sup-ported her for all these years. She has been an active supporter and advocate for many charities in Hamilton and is a founding member of the Women4Change Initiative. Lisa is looking forward to an international experience by contributing to the humanitarian goals of HHH.

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