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 one 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
Adam joined the Board of Directors in 2021. He graduated from law school in 2005 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2006 and British Columbia in 2008. In 2019 he earned a Masters in Public Administration. He grew up in southern Ontario and, in 2008, relocated to the lower mainland of B.C. He has a keen interest in restorative and therapeutic justice and has presented at International conferences on these topics.
He currently serves as the Vice-President of the B.C. Crown Counsel Association and as Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel. His areas of interest include good governance, fiscal management and transparency, and promoting mental health and wellness among criminal law practitioners. Adam’s commitment to public service, energy, and enthusiasm attracted him to the Help Heal Humanity family. When he isn’t working, you can find Adam outdoors, spending time with his partner, and his chocolate lab, Bourbon.
Once completing his degree in commerce and economics Aaron has spent the last 15 years working as a bookkeeper, accountant and stock trader. In that time he was a board member for a number of charities and organizations holding the position of treasurer or CFO. He has been involved with HHH in some capacity since the beginning and held the Treasurer position in 2018 and 2019, and has since returned to the same role in 2022. Aaron is an avid fisherman who loves camping , hiking and is a passionate soccer player. He appreciates spending time with family, going to concerts with friends and being outdoors.
Ania’s passion for communications stems from her commitment to building bridges and relationships, both individually and corporately. Ania has 10+ years of experience in strategic communications, supporting initiatives within multiple areas in the provincial health care sector, including at one of Canada’s largest hospitals. She was recently awarded the International Association of Business Communicators with an Ovation Award for multi-audience communications. She has a dual degree from the University of Toronto and has provided writing, editing and strategic communications expertise to a variety of clients through her freelance consultancy since 2008.
Ania’s belief in mentorship and equal opportunities for others prompted her to join Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Canada in 2011 and she joined Help Heal Humanity to be a part of creating opportunities for anyone anywhere, to realize their potential. To unwind, Ania enjoys spending time with family, whipping up delicious food, horseback riding and all things feline, particularly her pet cat, Neko.
Jenny Febbraro is an artist, journalist, and educator. She holds a Phd in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education in collaboration with the Institute for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. Her work has appeared in the National Post, the Toronto Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, Today’s Parent, Now Magazine, BlogTO, Vox Media, and others. She currently works as a teacher with the Algoma District School Board in Northern Ontario.
Rose is a young creative professional with over 10 years of experience working and volunteering in community services and not-for-profit in various roles. She is passionate about creating space and opportunities for people of colour to not only survive but thrive. She is Haitian born, and still has strong ties to her home country. She moved to the US at the age of 7, frequently visiting Haiti during the summer months. At the age of 15 she moved to Hamilton and currently resides there . She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Brock University. She is a serial hobbyist and in her spare time you can find her running her brand TAKEUPSPACE; a socially conscious brand that artistically challenges the obscurity and erasure that Woman of Colour experiences in all spaces of our society, photographing the world around her, throwing on a pottery wheel, caring for her 50 plus plants, antique and vintage shopping or volunteering. She enjoys the art and tries to infuse it in everything she does.
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Alexandra Ahlfield, MBA
Alexandra is currently the co-founder and CEO of SISUMOI. A portion of all proceeds is given to Help Heal Humanity to honor SISUMOI’s core cause of health and well-being. Through this partnership, the mutual life goal to heal through giving was realized and Alexandra was asked to guide the strategic direction and launch of Help Heal Humanity’s USA Board. “I could not be more humbled, honored and excited to be a part of something so impactful and meaningful.
Our board and organization is an incredible group of volunteers passionate about helping to heal the world collectively one step at a time.” Alexandra brings experience in channel partnerships, business development, program design & management, marketing and building corporate wellness programs designed around increasing productivity through giving. She also has experience building events from her previous roles in corporate America and her board work on the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Greater Baltimore.
As a former 7th grade homeless dropout, who lived an "interesting" journey on the streets for four years of his young life, Christopher Rausch's story absolutely inspires all of us to reach for our true potential and never ever give up! After receiving his Master's degree in Organizational Management Christopher decided to pursue his real passion of life coaching and professional "Motivational" speaking. In that pursuit, Christopher set his eyes on the "at risk" segment of our society - where he once was when on the streets. Christopher says, "One of the greatest days of my life was when I was invited to speak to the 7th and 8th grade classes of the middle school I had to dropout of!" Talk about taking your life full circle right? Now, known uniquely as The "NoExcusesCoach", Christopher enjoys his days as a professional Life Coach serving those who seek to transition from being "Comfortably Miserable" to pursuing everything they've been afraid to do until now!
In addition, Christopher enjoys hosting his weekly show Raw & Unscripted and his other show The Unfiltered Experience. Both shows are transparent and honest conversations with guests about getting out of our past and into our NOW!! His most important priority is his family. He lives in Riverside Ca with Barbara his wife of 14 years. They have one child and Chris cherishes every moment he's blessed to be an amazing father to his four-year old son Jackson. They love playing pirates, riding bikes, and reading books!!!
Addison joined the Board of Directors in 2022. He is a first-generation college student that graduated from the University of Iowa in the spring of 2021, majoring in Economics and a certificate in International Business. He now resides in Chicago, USA working in wealth management. Addison is passionate in giving back to the community and impacting lives. Besides being an active board member, he also volunteers as a mentor to underprivileged high school students in Chicago. Outside of working and volunteering you can find him near a grill with friends or relaxing at the beach.
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Tommy was born in Amsterdam, raised in Italy, and then ventured to Mallorca, Spain to build his empire and dream of being a Chef. Tommy has always had a desire to spread love through his passion of creating unique dishes and serving others. His culinary experiences began in 1998 working with various artists. Tommy was the executive chef for various celebrity clients and has catered many high end private dinner parties to managing various restaurants throughout all of Europe.
In 2010 Tommy moved to Spain, in order, to build, create and successfully run one of the top restaurants in Mallorca, Spain - Limoncello Restaurant and Pizzeria. His passion to serve others through food is what drew him to HHH. Tommy feeds Mallorca’s homeless and curates some of the most beautiful dinner parties on behalf of HHH.
My name is Susanna Benedikt, I am from Austria but chose Mallorca to be my home 22 years ago. Since 2014 I have been training and learning to be a Shiatsu practitioner at the Hara Shiatsu school of Thomas Nelisson in Vienna. Here in Mallorca I live together with my partner and our rescued animals in a little finca in Sa Cabaneta. I grow my own herb garden and love my life here on the island with a close contact to nature. For many years I have been teaching at an international school and found the work with children very rewarding. But I was still missing something. I wanted to be part of something bigger, wanted to be able to make a change for others, less fortunate.
At a yoga charity event in Mallorca I met Serena. I knew immediately that I wanted to collaborate and take part in the many activities she is planning all year round to raise money in order to feed the kids in Haiti, pay their school fees and even build a whole school for them. This was the beginning of a wonderful and inspiring new path. I was happy to offer Shiatsu treatments at the Yoga Charity Retreat for Haiti at the Tramuntana Flow center in Mallorca 3 years ago. Since the beginning of 2021 I am the proud secretary of HHH Spain and excited to actually be part of the amazing international team of Help Heal Humanity.
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Danielle grew up on the island of Mallorca in Spain having moved over from the UK with her family when she was as young as three years old. After studying International Marketing Management at University, she continued following her career path whilst travelling abroad to various cities such as Dusseldorf, Germany, London and New York City where she gained both life and work experience. After she moved back to Mallorca, to be close to her family and friends she felt an strong drive to help others, particularly when the crisis started in March 2020 when she started raising awareness and collecting funds for those on the island who had lost their jobs and were struggling through this time.
Having seen Serena post about HHH a few years before she immediately felt an urge to get in touch and to somehow work together. Time went past and finally, in a time that is much needed, HHH is starting up in Spain to help those in need. Working together with the Spain Team, Danielle will be largely contributing with the planning of events, distribution of supply to food banks and raising awareness and funds across the country.
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