Tarik Kadri’s experience with orphans in Bihar, India inspired him to found Paper Kite to ensure the children have full and healthy childhoods that prepare them for adult life.
He has extensive professional leadership experience including volunteer recruitment, and allocating and achieving budgets. Tarik has been a Big Brother through the Big Brothers program in Canada and has coordinated Rainbows, a program to assist children who are grieving due to a loss through death or divorce.
Professionally, Tarik is a civil-servant specializing in social services and he is a registered social worker. He has achieved a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, a Bachelors of Social Work and Master of Social Work.
Nancy joined Paper Kite in September 2011. She was introduced to Paper Kite by a friend and soon learned that the foundation is 100% volunteer operated. She is inspired by the dedicated volunteers who work hard year-round, despite their busy lives, to raise money to improve the situation for the children in Bihar through Paper Kite’s four programs.
Nancy is a Chartered Accountant and currently works in an accounting firm in downtown Vancouver. She obtained a Bachelors of Commerce with honours from the University of British Columbia. Nancy has also studied abroad in Belgium and recently worked in Singapore.
Jasdeep joined Paper Kite in the summer of 2012 and currently heads up the Marketing and Social Media team. Jas has always taken an interest in volunteering with organizations that support children, something that was a driving force in getting involved with Paper Kite. In addition to the fact that Paper Kite is 100% volunteer-operated, he was drawn to the charity because of the transparency in which it operates as well as the endless passion of its volunteers.
Jas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences and has held various positions within the private sector in Strategic Planning and Customer Marketing, currently working in Sales. He is an active volunteer and has been involved with several charities in the past including Amnesty International and the Salvation Army. Jas is excited to help grow Paper Kite by supporting the organization’s core four programs, with the ultimate goal of empowering children and helping give their dreams flight!
Ben has a strong value for building community and helping others. He believes that a small contribution can make a mighty change to someone in need. These values have led him to Paper Kite where he aims to enhance the quality of life for orphans in Bihar by focusing on our Four Programs initiative.
Ben has worked in volunteer positions for various charities over the past 5 years including: Homes for the Homeless, the Bowery Mission and Covenant House.
Professionally, he works as a commercial real estate appraiser in New York City. Additionally, Ben is a Master of Science Candidate in Real Estate Finance at New York University and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Ryerson University.
Maham Aqil is a second year student at University of Toronto, doing a double major in International Development Studies and Public Policy Co-op. She has had a passion to serve and advocate social equality among people since she was a young girl. Growing up, she has developed the passion to help people through various community involvements such as charity outreach programs. She has had more than 6 years of professional community service experience such as volunteering with girls’ empowerment group in her high school. She believes that through hard work, and passion, a change for the better is possible.
Kiki has always had a keen interest in volunteering and finds great pride in being involved in an organization that helps children in the way that Paper Kite does, as children are the foundation of the future and deserve to be provided with comfortable living conditions. As the Toronto Regional Board Member, she wants to help ensure that the funds raised by our hard-working volunteers will efficiently and effectively be applied to help orphanages in India.Kiki works as a Senior Accountant at a Big Four accounting firm and has been privileged to work with many different types of organizations and understand their operations. She has recently passed the Uniform Evaluation exam for Chartered Accountants, and is a candidate for the Chartered Accountancy designation. She graduated with high honours in a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University.
Xilonem is the Volunteer Officer for the Toronto area. She graduated from York University with a BA in International Development, and currently works in the financial industry where her organizational and communication skills are constantly called into use. Her passion for international development work led her to the Paper Kite Foundation. Paper Kite’s volunteer-based structure, four key programs and methods of delivery appealed to her preference for transparent grassroots organizations. Xilonem is excited to work with Paper Kite in empowering the children of Bihar to reach their dreams.
Prashant strongly believes in one principle – In order to change the system you have to be part of the system. Prashant has always been very passionate about issues involving kid’s empowerment, poverty alleviation and right to education. Being an Indian Prashant has seen the struggle of these underprivileged kids very closely. It was his first interaction with Tarik which instantaneously inspired him to support our noble cause to bring some positive changes in their lives.
Prashant is an MBA from the University of Wales – Great Britain. He has 8 years of leadership experience in three different countries. Strategic planning, change management, recruitment, talent management are some of his strengths.
Rosy joins Paper Kite with a diverse background of professional and volunteer experiences. She is from Toronto and in addition to her Commerce degree she has a dual JD/LLB law degree. Throughout the years Rosy has dedicated herself to various social causes ranging from assisting at-risk youth and young offenders to advocating with international charitable organizations. After 5 years of being a successful criminal defence lawyer with her own practice, Rosy decided to devote more time to her passions and she has been working with various non-profits since. She is interested in transitioning her legal background within the realm of social enterprise and international development and is dedicated to contributing to significant change in this world. Currently, Rosy is completing an internship with Kiva as a Development Intern at their head office in San Francisco. Rosy strongly believes that in order to alleviate global poverty, it is important to not only create awareness of social issues, but to actively engage local communities as well.
Mark has continued his commitment in the field of international development by serving on the Paper Kite Board. For over 20 years he has been involved in the financial development and not for profit sectors, serving in a consulting and management capacity. His clients included hospitals, universities, social agencies and religious organizations. He has spent a great deal of time working and volunteering with several international development agencies including Oxfam-Canada, Habitat for Humanity Canada, Canadian Crossroads International and the White Ribbon Campaign.
Currently, Mark is a secondary school teacher in Mississauga where he teaches social science courses. Mark brings his extensive experiences to Paper Kite as a Board Member. Paper Kite represents an ideal way for him to share his educational and leadership skills from his work in the international development, fundraising and education sectors.
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