Our Team

Laura coordinates the team of volunteers in Canada and provides strategic direction for operations in Canada and Uganda. She also develops policy on social finance and social enterprise with the Canadian Government. Laura holds degrees in Global Studies and Business.
Laura coordinates the team of volunteers in Canada and provides strategic direction for operations in Canada and Uganda. She also develops policy on social finance and social enterprise with the Canadian Government. Laura holds degrees in Global Studies and Business.
Laura Schnurr
Executive Director/Co-founder
Thomas has lived in Gulu on and off since 2009. He currently runs CEED Concordia, an NGO operating in Montreal and Uganda, was previously Director at GRG in Gulu, and conducted his MA research on savings and loan groups in post-conflict Gulu.
Thomas has lived in Gulu on and off since 2009. He currently runs CEED Concordia, an NGO operating in Montreal and Uganda, was previously Director at GRG in Gulu, and conducted his MA research on savings and loan groups in post-conflict Gulu.
Thomas Prince
Co-founder
Ruth manages relationships with stores, attends local events, and spots opportunities for strategic growth. After retiring from a career in publishing, writing, editing and trade show management, Ruth became a very active volunteer with BOA.
Ruth manages relationships with stores, attends local events, and spots opportunities for strategic growth. After retiring from a career in publishing, writing, editing and trade show management, Ruth became a very active volunteer with BOA.
Ruth Tabacnik
Sales Manager, Ottawa
Philip has headed and coordinated BOA activities in Uganda since 2011. Previously he worked with organizations such as SOS children villages and Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program. Philip has a
Bachelor of Public Admin and Management from Gulu University.
Philip has headed and coordinated BOA activities in Uganda since 2011. Previously he worked with organizations such as SOS children villages and Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program. Philip has a Bachelor of Public Admin and Management from Gulu University.
Philip Omony
Project Leader, Uganda
Josephine is active in group follow up, loan collections, group meetings, purchasing and organizing training. She also serves as treasurer to the BOA Uganda board. Josephine holds a degree in Public Admin and previously worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Josephine is active in group follow up, loan collections, group meetings, purchasing and organizing training. She also serves as treasurer to the BOA Uganda board. Josephine holds a degree in Public Admin and previously worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Josephine Angeyo
Loan Officer, Uganda
Megan is always on the lookout for ways to increase our client base in Calgary. While backpacking the globe, Megan developed a desire to support other communities. With a degree in Law and Society, she works for a property management business in Calgary.
Megan is always on the lookout for ways to increase our client base in Calgary. While backpacking the globe, Megan developed a desire to support other communities. With a degree in Law and Society, she works for a property management business in Calgary.
Megan Reville
Sales, Calgary
Karen looks for sales opportunities in Calgary and supports with social media. She is passionate about human rights, community outreach, and global economic development. She studied International Relations and has worked in the fields of human rights and oil and gas land management.
Karen looks for sales opportunities in Calgary and supports with social media. She is passionate about human rights, community outreach, and global economic development. She studied International Relations and has worked in the fields of human rights and oil and gas land management.
Karen Laty
Sales, Calgary
Allie contributes to Ottawa sales through managing tables at local events and personal sales. Allie has spent 2 months in Gulu, where she supported local NGOs in amplifying their impact. She is currently completing high school.
Allie contributes to Ottawa sales through managing tables at local events and personal sales. Allie has spent 2 months in Gulu, where she supported local NGOs in amplifying their impact. She is currently completing high school.
Allie Theo
Sales, Ottawa
Allan is a retired lawyer from London, UK. He enjoys helping Ruth with sales of BOA products at country markets and other special events. He also serves as BOA Corporate Secretary.
Allan is a retired lawyer from London, UK. He enjoys helping Ruth with sales of BOA products at country markets and other special events. He also serves as BOA Corporate Secretary.
Allan Lawson
Corporate Secretary
Tatiana is one of our Ottawa-based sales representatives, scoping out new opportunities in the area. Originally from Argentina,
Tatiana completed her Masters in International Affairs in Ottawa and currently works on international education with Global Affairs
Canada.
Tatiana is one of our Ottawa-based sales representatives, scoping out new opportunities in the area. Originally from Argentina, Tatiana completed her Masters in International Affairs in Ottawa and currently works on international education with Global Affairs Canada.
Tatiana Nesviginsky
Sales, Ottawa
Mary supports with evaluating and communicating the impact of our development projects. She became involved with BOA after volunteering in Gulu and falling in love with the organization. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Concordia University.
Mary supports with evaluating and communicating the impact of our development projects. She became involved with BOA after volunteering in Gulu and falling in love with the organization. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Concordia University.
Mary Harasym
Evaluation, Montreal
Rudy is a software engineer and website designer. He enjoys playing guitar and singing in his spare time, and has developed our website
Rudy is a software engineer and website designer. He enjoys playing guitar and singing in his spare time, and has developed our website
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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