OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Founder and International Project Director
My name is Courtney, since founding TWCF in 2005, I have spent time living on the ground in Nigeria or travelling back and forth between Nigeria and Canada. My background is in education and mental health and my passion is to advocate for and provide actionable support to Nigeria in their care for the most vulnerable of its children. TWCF, through the gifts of its supporters, provides a healthy nurturing environment, education, and mental health supports to the children under its care, those attending the school, the staff and their families, and for the community at large. The children and staff of both TWCF and its school, Homestead Alternative Academy, have been a source of deep joy in my life and I feel deeply privileged to be part of this work.
Having recently retired from the classroom of over 3 decades of teaching, I believe that building healthy relationships at both the individual and community level, promotes life-long learning and successful futures. With a postgraduate degree in Curriculum Development and Administration I believe that building resilience into children and young adults is the best insurance against lifestyles of addiction, cycles of abuse, crime, or suicide and the resulting traumas. I have had the distinct privilege of being the Executive Director of TWCF since the Foundation’s inception in 2005 and have made many journeys to Nigeria where I am affectionately known as “Grandfather”.
I have been volunteering as Administrator at TWCF since its’ beginning in 2005. It has been a privilege to travel to Nigeria many times and support our national staff on the ground as they care for and educate these strong and resilient children. It is quite a thing to witness what love and a sense of belonging can do in the life of a child.
My name is Randall Peters. I am a mineral process engineer and home handyman. I have known the Anderson family for many years and have always heard updates about TWCF. As I had been looking for an opportunity to be a part of something bigger, but had limited time, I spent several years donating to TWCF but was always eager to be involved in more. Over the years as changes in life occurred the space to volunteer and provide my time and abilities to TWCF become possible. TWCF is an organization I believe to be genuine and honest in its mission and vision, of serving Orphaned and Vulnerable Children through the Children’s Home, Homestead School, and variety of other projects they come up with. My wife Gloria and I are excited to be a part of The Wanted Children Foundation and contribute where we can meet the needs of the organization, helping it grow into a sustainable foundation capable of providing for the vulnerable children and their futures.
Hello! My name is Gloria Peters. I am an early childhood educator, illustrator, and writer. I believe that it is my calling in life to pour out the gifts and talents that God has given to me, to help others. I have always been involved in volunteer or work opportunities that allow me to share in this way. However, through the years, I have had a deep longing to be a part of something bigger and take on more responsibility. My greatest role models are those who give their lives to helping others. My husband Randall has been aware of TWCF and part of supporting them for many years and when this opportunity came about for both my husband and I to become part of The Wanted Children Foundation, I knew that it was what I was meant to be. I look forward so much to my journey with this foundation, to work alongside the boards, staff, volunteers, children, and many others who have been a part of it for decades. I am very thankful to be part of something, in a bigger way now, that is changing children’s lives.
My name is Brian Wulari Mbaya, Esq and I am a legal practitioner with expertise in boundary research, policy, and legislative activities. As passionate advocate for peaceful co-existence for us in Nigeria, and an ardent practitioner of mediation and peace building, I have been involved in The Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (TPRI) which has contributed immensely to promoting stability in many violence-stricken communities in Nigeria. This is where my passion for justice and hope intersected with TWCF. In knowing Courtney for over a decade, and supporting the work of TWCF with advice here and there, it was a joy to join their Nigerian Board several years ago and to be appointed the Power of Attorney for TWCF. I work closely with Amos and other TWCF Leadership both in Nigeria and Canada to promote are healing, hopeful and prosperous future for the children, and initiatives, from TWCF.
Hi! I am Adam Travis. I have lived in Abbotsford, B.C. almost my entire life. I come from a large mixed family of 10 children, me being roughly in the middle. I have worked with special needs people for almost 18 years, which has taught me so much about patience, joy, and courage. Currently, I am studying at Okanagan Bible School with the hopes of becoming a Children’s Pastor or Elementary School teacher. I have raised my daughter, who is now in university, and I am raising my nephew who is 2 years old. I have been part of TWCF for many years in different ways from donating to helping raise funds. I am excited to be a part of TWCF in a bigger way now and look forward to coming alongside the staff and volunteers to create long-term sustainability for TWCF. One of my favourite verses in the Bible is 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18.