Managers & Committees
Executive Advisory Group
PETER AND KATHY LACEY
“I have traveled several times with A Better World to see our projects. It gives us great satisfaction to know that local people are empowered and engaged in solving problems”
GORD AND KATE BONTJE
DALE AND MAJELLA RUSSELL
Education Program Manager
DR. WAYNE CHURCH
DR. PAULETTE COMEAU
Health Program Managers
Water Program Manager
Member, Board of Directors
Member, Marketing Committee
Stu is the volunteer Water Program Manager for ABW. He has
volunteered with A Better World since 2004 and sits on the Marketing and Communications Committee and Board of Directors as well.
A partner in Advanced Systems in Red Deer, he has been on more than ten trips to various project locations. Stu has been in the oil industry for the past 25 years. He recently retired from his position as VP of
Business Development for Parkland Fuel Corporation.
PAT ROMERMAN, P.Eng
Civil/Structural Department Manager Rangeland Engineering Company, Calgary
Pat has traveled with A Better World more than five times, visiting Kenya, Sudan, Haiti, Tanzania and Rwanda since he became a volunteer in 2007. Pat consults with A Better World on construction, site plans and design of buildings.
“I volunteer with ABW because it’s time to use my professional talents to give back to those in need of my expertise.”
Pat and Bev Romerman have also contributed to many Projects.
Kenya Project Manager
“I believe A Better World is making a significant, measurable difference in Kenya and other parts of the world. I wanted to play a small part.”
Kacyiru Project Manager
Kenya Project Manager
“I love to see people moving forward with our help, and I know where every donor’s money goes, and that’s what I like about A Better World.”
DR. RAY COMEAU
Medical Service Manager
“I joined ABW because it is volunteer-run and delivers on its promises to both the donors and the people it serves.”
DERYL COMEAU, RN, BScN, OHNC, MN
Community Health Manager
“I am passionate about nursing and global health, and feel very fortunate to have traveled to about 75 countries to date.”
Rehab Service Manager
“I have seen disabled children transformed and believe that we can make a difference one life at a time.”
DR. LEN WADE
Medical Training Service Managers
DR. KELVIN HILL
Dental Service Manager
Secretary, Board of Directors
Kelvin has volunteered with ABW since 2004, traveling annually over the last few years as the leader of Dental Service trips to Kenya. He has also traveled to Belize and Louisiana for relief efforts.
“I find inspiration from being associated with such a dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to making the world a better place.”
Rapogi Project Managers
Keith, originally from Australia, has spent his life as a librarian. Now retired and living in Canada with his wife Ngaire, a retired primary school teacher, the couple has travelled to more than 100 countries. Keith and his brother Neville work together to manage the Rapogi Primary School and they have also provided substantial financial support to the project’s needs. Neville is an accomplished architect living in Australia with his wife Norene, a physiotherapist. He has taught architecture at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) and Lawrence Technological University (Detroit, Michigan) where he was also the Dean of the School of Architecture.
Candi has volunteered for ABW since its very beginning, helping her husband Eric in many areas. From event planning and decorating to supporting volunteers, she is always willing to lend a helping hand. Candi, Eric, and their sons Brenden and Jaden have traveled to East Africa many times with ABW.
Bolivia Project Manager
Rwanda, Tanzania, and India Project Manager
Executive Director and Co-founder
Eric Rajah co-founded A Better World in 1990 with his friend Brian Leavitt. Since then, he has held the role of Executive Director. Eric is passionate about helping and inspiring people both around the world and at home. He’s traveled with over 2,800 volunteers to project sites in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bolivia, and Afghanistan. Eric loves enabling and encouraging young people to follow their dreams of helping others as well.
“I want to give back because much has been given to me.”
In-country Project Managers
Kenya Project Manager
Lawrence has been working with A Better World since 2009. He started out as driver guide and now manages our projects in Kenya. As project Manager he is responsible for implementing the approved projects, monitor and evaluate the progress, manage the funds and liaise with the project partners. Lawrence visited Canada in 2015 to meet donors and learn about the Revenue Canada Rules in completing overseas projects.
Kenya Water Program Consultant
Charles Rioba, Engineer owns Solar World Kenya. Solar World specializes in water and power related solar products. In 2007, Charles in partnership with A Better World purchased a water drilling rig and has been drilling wells since then for A Better Worlds and other organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan.
Kenya Healthcare Consultant
“The reason I admire working with ABW is because they are really helping the needy and reaching the unreached areas and people who are underprivileged.”
Tanzania Project Manager
“In July of 2014, I met Eric Rajah on his first visit to Tanzania and joined A Better World as a project liaison. I continue to manage various projects in Tanzania and to take guests on safari. I am excited by the work done by A Better World in their eﬀorts to help others through health and education.”