The Caia Connection 



The Caia Connection Board of Directors


President - Shivon Robinsong

Shivon Robinsong is founder and co-director of The Gettin' Higher Choir, a 350-voice community choir in Victoria. Since 1999, the choir has held annual benefit concerts for projects in Caia District of Sofala province in Mozambique.  Shivon visited Kapasseni, Sena and Caia in 1999, and following her return trip in 2003 she identified the great need for programs to help orphans in Caia.  She serves on the boards of the Ubuntu Choirs Society ( and Hollyhock (, and is an advisor to the Kapasseni Project Committee.


Financial Secretary - Carol Kerr

Carol has assisted the Kapasseni Project since 2001. She communicates regularly with all of the Kuwangisana program areas in Mozambique, and is very familiar with the local management team. Carol develops proposals, does Caia Connection reporting, and assists communication with funding partners and the program management team.


Treasurer - Gloria Hansen
Gloria Hansen brings strong non-profit and public sector board experience to The Caia Connection Board.  Currently Chair of the Canadian Power of Hope board, she has served on the Victoria College of Art Board, Victoria Community Development Corporation,  the National Association of Canadian Community Colleges Board and Chaired  the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology board in Calgary, Alberta.She has been a fundraiser for projects in Mozambique since joining the Gettin' Higher Choir in 2002. She is aware of the great good that can be done when people come together to provide support for those in need.


Planning and Communications - Ian McLachlan

Ian McLachlan has over twenty years experience as a professional economist and senior manager in public service and the private sector, working in the areas of natural resources, land use and the environment.  He has been involved with planning and communications with the Kapasseni Project since it started in 1999. Ian brings a variety of skills to the Caia Connection board, as well as a passion for helping the people of Mozambique. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.  


Blaise Salmon -Strategic Advisor

Blaise Salmon has worked for Oikocredit, a global microfinance provider, and RESULTS Canada, a global poverty advocacy group. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit volunteer-based organizations working in Africa.


Keith Archer

Keith brings considerable board experience with many non-profit organizations, and has an active interest in community development. Keith joined the board following his move to Victoria from Banff.


Secretary - Jo Volek

Jo has joined our Board of Directors and been very helpful part of our team in assisting with Secretary and Treasurer duties.



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