Our Team

Laura
Laura Schnurr
Executive Director/Co-founder
Thomas
Thomas Prince
Co-founder
Ruth
Ruth Tabacnik
Sales Manager, Ottawa
Philip
Philip Omony
Project Leader, Uganda
Josephine
Josephine Angeyo
Loan Officer, Uganda
Megan
Megan Reville
Sales, Calgary
Karen
Karen Laty
Sales, Calgary
Allie
Allie Theo
Sales, Ottawa
Allan
Allan Lawson
Corporate Secretary
Tatiana
Tatiana Nesviginsky
Sales, Ottawa
Mary
Mary Harasym
Evaluation, Montreal
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Rudy Rosen
Website Design, London

Our Journey

Beads of Awareness began in 2009 with two young entrepreneurs and a big dream. After spending the summer volunteering in Gulu. Thomas returned to Canada deeply moved by the Ugandan people and culture. He proposed an idea to Laura and, with much excitement and positive support from family and friends, the social enterprise started to bloom.

From the outset, our motivation has been to raise money for grassroots development projects in Uganda and to support and promote Ugandan artisans by creating jobs and selling their products. We also hope to raise awareness about the people of Uganda and their struggles recovering from the devastation of a civil war, hence where our name Beads of Awareness came from.

Each year we have seen our operations and impact expand. A project that began with two individuals has grown to include a large and vibrant community.

Our Values

COOPERATION

We believe in working with the people of Uganda, especially when it comes to the development projects we support. Ugandans have amazing potential and ambitious dreams—all that lacks are the necessary resources to achieve them. Our goal is to encourage empowerment and independence.
We believe in working with the people of Uganda, especially when it comes to the development projects we support. Ugandans have amazing potential and ambitious dreams—all that lacks are the necessary resources to achieve them. Our goal is to encourage empowerment and independence.

EQUITY

We are extremely
concerned with the wellbeing of the artisans. We pay a fair wage for our products so our artisans, most of whom are women, can feed their families, send their children to
school and promote growth in their communities.
We are extremely concerned with the wellbeing of the artisans. We pay a fair wage for our products so our artisans, most of whom are women, can feed their families, send their children to school and promote growth in their communities.

SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to
minimizing our environmental impact through our products, promotional tools and packaging. The beads we use are made of re-used paper making them ecofriendly and all promotional
materials are printed on 100% recycled paper.
We are committed to minimizing our environmental impact through our products, promotional tools and packaging. The beads we use are made of re-used paper making them ecofriendly and all promotional materials are printed on 100% recycled paper.

QUALITY

We are dedicated to providing our customers with unique, quality products. We have tested
our products for durability, strength and resistance and we are confident that they will last.
We are dedicated to providing our customers with unique, quality products. We have tested our products for durability, strength and resistance and we are confident that they will last.
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