ADRA Canada Welcomes New Staff

ADRA Canada is pleased to announce the arrival of four new individuals to our growing family. We are grateful that they have joined us and are adding their skills and talents to the ministry of ADRA.

Diana Opollo

Diana joins the ADRA team in the capacity of Gender Equality Specialist from Nairobi, Kenya. She obtained a BA in Psychology (2005), a Master of Science (MSSW) (2007) and PhD in Social Work (2011) all from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in the US. She has several years of experience lecturing courses in Research Methods, Gender, Development and Policy Studies at the University level and has worked on several projects as a Research Consultant with various organizations in Kenya.

Diana’s interests include gender issues, evaluation of systems, and sexual and reproductive health matters. She is trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has published several articles and presented in various conferences around the world. Diana has worked with diverse and marginalized populations from refugees, the homeless, to poor women and children in rural and urban slums.

Diana’s passion is aligned to ADRA’s mission of working with people is poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering people and responsible action. Diana is committed to enhancing effective, efficient and quality service delivery through gender and cultural sensitive and responsive policies and programs amongst the ADRA Canada team, our stakeholders and the clients we serve. In her free time, Diana enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music, and spending time with vulnerable populations in service.

Daniel Cho

Daniel Cho is the Development Program Coordinator for ADRA Canada. In this role, he provides technical and administrative support to all development projects, with focus on the EMBRACE Project. Daniel supports the implementation of the project’s volunteer plan, coordinates travel arrangements and ensure the smooth functioning of Canadian community events. He also supports the review and finalization of reports and assists in exploring funding possibilities to grow the program portfolio.

Daniel completed his undergraduate studies in nutrition and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Daniel is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian who is passionate about sharing God’s love to the less fortunate in Canada and around the world. He has volunteered and lead humanitarian projects to Zambia, China, Cambodia and the homeless in downtown Toronto. A long-time vegetarian, Daniel is also passionate about the health benefits of plant-based eating. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading and exercising.

Alicia Dooks

Alicia is a recent graduate of Andrews University with a BA in French Studies and minor in Community and International Development.  During her course of study Alicia spent a year in France attending Collonges and travelling around Europe.  As part of her course work in International development she spent a month in Madagascar visiting ADRA projects.  She says, “It was great to see the work that ADRA is doing in developing countries and to see how much positive change was brought to these communities. The trip really inspired me to pursue a career that helps those in need.”

Alicia has always been interested in a career that directly helps others and has a growing interest in political and environmental issues.  Her other interests include gymnastics, travel, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

Alicia is joining the Supporter Relations Department of ADRA Canada as Engagement Coordinator.

Della Nhiwatiwa

Della Nhiwatiwa is a seasoned finance and accounting professional who has joined ADRA in May 2018 as Manager Project Finance on the Embrace Project. Della comes to us from Zimbabwe where she has held Accountant and Finance Manager positions in various corporations and industries. Della has the passion for the work of uplifting humanity and the underprivileged in society. She served as the First Female President of a Rotary International Club in Harare, Zimbabwe where she championed the cause for maternal health and child welfare on her signature project which supported the cause for vulnerable women, mothers and children at Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital. She is delighted that she can continue this type of work here at ADRA, Canada.

Della was educated at Solusi University, in Bulawayo Zimbabwe, which is one of the biggest Seventh Day Adventist Institutions of Higher Learning in Sothern Africa where she attained her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA Accounting) degree. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She has part ACCA and is studying towards her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

During her leisure time she likes to engage with people and have a good laugh. She also enjoys watching football, swimming and athletics.

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