The Caia Connection 



The Caia Connection Board of Directors

President - Sarah Petrescu
Sarah has been a board member for 3 years and has been elected to serve as our new President in 2020. She is an excellent journalist and has been a huge help with writing articles for our annual newsletter and updates for social media. Sarah visited Sena and Kapasseni in 2009 and wrote articles for the Times Colonist newspaper about the work being done.

Past President - Siobhan Robinson

Siobhan Robinson 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.  Siobhan 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 was an advisor to the Kapasseni Project Committee.


Treasurer - 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.


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. She is a great liason between the Board and The Gettin' Higher Choir and Wavelengths Choir.

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.  


Penny Pattison
Welcome to our newest Board member. 
Penny's background is in Information Technology and Project Management. Her passion is the endlessly fascinating differences between people and cultures. She has travelled extensively, and done overseas volunteer work. Penny has spent over 35 years as a member and active volunteer with Servas International, a world-wide peace and travel organization completely run by volunteers. She also volunteered for several years with Oikocredit, an international financial cooperative. Penny is a detail-orientated person, very willing to roll up her sleeves and contribute in a team. Having sung with the Getting? Higher Choir for many years, she looks forward to contributing to the Caia Connection.





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