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Meet Our 2022 Volunteer Board of Directors

Hugh Adams, Board Member and Past Chair

Hugh has extensive experience in community service. He has been involved in the Lion International organization for over 30 years and currently serves as District Manager in Richmond Hill.

Siji Akinbobola, Board Member

Siji has over a decade of experience as a Relationship Manager in the financial sector in Nigeria providing solutions to clients in specialized sectors such as construction and real estate, trade and general commerce, manufacturing, hospitality and healthcare. Siji is married and enjoys playing soccer with his 3 boys. He’s favourite book is “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene.

Russell Chang, Chair

Russell is a dedicated husband, father of two beautiful children and enjoys giving back to the community. He has supported Project 99a from inception working in the background, and looks forward to contributing more on the Board.

I grew up reading science-fiction, action-fiction books and my favourite author is Tom Clancy (RIP).

Maria Chong Ton, Vice-President Caribbean

Maria Chong Ton is the Chief Executive Officer at Eve Anderson and has over 20 years experience in operations management and client relations. Prior to this, she was instrumental to developing Grace Kennedy (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd., as Country Director, implementing its operations and managing the regulatory and compliance requirements. Maria was internationally recognized by Western Union for network development and cost management. She was also the recipient of a Kaizen award for process improvement.

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Board Member

Gurpreet is a Bank Manager with the TD Bank.  He recommends reading Scaling Up Excellence written by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao.


Aun Japanwala, Vice-President Risk Management

Aun is a risk & insurance advisor working with companies across Ontario. Helping businesses reduce and transfer their exposure to loss by utilizing Risk management techniques, contract review and Insurance contracts..

He is a big fan of listening to Audiobooks along with the occasional podcasts on his daily drives.

Josephine Vaccaro-Chang, Founder & Chief Literacy Ambassador

Josephine delivers interactive workshops to primary students based on books she has written and illustrated. She is currently creating a collection of 11 mosaics based on characters from her popular children’s book titled, “We Are Colourful Friends”. Her favourite book Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl includes all her passions — family, chocolate and literacy.

Meet our dedicated team of Literacy Ambassadors