Empowering the Future

Meet Our Committee

Discover the dedicated members of our Scholarship Committee and their vital role in the program.

Nigel Henriques

Nigel Henriques emigrated from Jamaica in 1979 to attend the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with a degree in Honours Computer Science and Masters in Management Science. Nigel has lived in Waterloo since that time and has a long career of over 30 years in the Information Technology field in a number of industry portfolios, including; automotive, inventory management, finance, agriculture and higher education. He has worked on a variety of projects across Canada and Internationally throughout his career.  He currently holds a senior role at the University of Waterloo as an Associate Director.

Nigel joined the CCAWR Scholarship Committee back in 2010 when it was first initiated because he strongly believes that every child deserves an opportunity to develop and grow through a solid post-secondary education. He has volunteered as a soccer coach in the community for over 17 years and constantly preaches the value and importance of a good education.

Place of birth:      London, England

Education:
1970-1978:                Campion College, Kingston, Jamaica
1979-1983:                University of Waterloo, Honours. Computer Science
1983-1986:                University of Waterloo, Masters in Management Science

Karl Bennet
Professor Emeritus,  Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

I have devoted my teaching and research to investigating issues in the area of international trade and finance with a special emphasis on the manner in which they  relate to developing countries, particularly those in the English speaking Caribbean. My publications on these issues can be found  in the academic journal , Social and Economic Studies, published by the University of the West Indies, starting in the decades of the eighties through the first decade of the current century. In addition  to the Journal articles, I have also publishes pamphlets and chapters in books and have made several presentations at academic conferences on these topics.

Place of Birth: Jamaica

Education:
High School: Kingston College 1950 -1955
Post Secondary: Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
BA(Hons) Economics, 1962; MA Economics, 1964.
McGill University, Phd, Economics, 1973.

Career Activities:

Academic Positions

Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1963 to 1964.

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo, 1966 to 2003. Department Chair 1981 to 1987.

Visiting  Professor, Consortium Graduate school, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica 1992

Other Employment and Service Activities
Government of Canada, Treasury Board, Summer 1971 and 1872.

United Nations, Caribbean Regional Integration Advisory Team based in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 1975.

Government of Ontario: Premier’s Council on Economic Renewal 1991- 1995.

I have devoted my teaching and research to investigating issues in the area of international trade and finance with a special emphasis on the manner in which they  relate to developing countries, particularly those in the English speaking Caribbean. My publications on these issues can be found  in the academic journal , Social and Economic Studies, published by the University of the West Indies, starting in the decades of the eighties through the first decade of the current century. In addition  to the Journal articles, I have also publishes pamphlets and chapters in books and have made several presentations at academic conferences on these topics.

Clive Forrester
Committee Member

Clive and his wife Natasha moved to the Waterloo region in 2018 and both joined the CCAWR shortly afterwards. Clive was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada in 2008 as a Visiting Professor at York University.

He has a PhD in applied linguistics from UWI, Mona. Since 2016 he has been a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses on linguistics, academic and technical writing, and Caribbean language and literature.

He’s also a member of the CCAWR’s scholarship committee. In the future he hopes to start a dominoes and ludi committee in the association.


Ron Ball
Committee Member

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ron Ball is a long-standing resident of Waterloo, having spent nearly forty years in the region. He is married with a son, and has two beautiful granddaughters.

Ron has been an active contributor to the community for many years, as a member of the Westvale-Waterloo Optimist Club and the Westvale Community Association.

He has been a member of the CCAWR since 2005. When he is not working with the CCAWR or spending time with his family, he can be found playing racquet sports, hiking, reading, or playing a wide variety of board games.

Education:

1961-67: St. George’s College, Kingston, Jamaica
1971-73: Mohawk College, Hamilton ON (Business Administration)
1984-91: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON (Communication Studies)

Work Experience:

Driving Instructor (Young Drivers of Canada, K-W, ON)
Supervisor Guelph/Kitchener Drivetest Centres (ON)
Officer Manager (King’s Jewellers, Kitchener ON)
Data Processing Supervisor (Murphy’s Potato Chips, Kitchener ON)
Computer Operator/Programmer (Raytheon Canada, Waterloo ON)
Computer Operator/Programmer (Square D Canada, Waterloo ON)
Computer Operator/Programmer (Dresser Industries, Cambridge ON)
Bank Teller (Bank of Nova Scotia, Kingston, Jamaica)

Olive Coke
Committee Member

Olive J Coke is a CPA who emigrated from Jamaica and settled in Kitchener in 1999.  She is a graduate of the Conestoga College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). She became a member of The Certified General Accountants Association in 2012.

Olive enjoys giving back to the community and has worked with the CCAWR Scholarship Committee since 2010. She is currently a member of the Events Committee.

Olive is involved in her Church and has chaired the Women’s Retreat Committee for over 6 years as well as being part of the summer ministry where she teaches women at Manitoulin Island.

Her passion is to empower women to fulfil their potential to be their best and to believe that they can rise up from any adversity they face.

When she is not busy volunteering or giving a helping hand, Olive enjoys painting, gardening reading, and travelling.

Lannois Carroll-Woolery
Committee Member

Lannois Carroll-Woolery has resided in Waterloo Region since 1991. He is excited about the educational possibilities the Region offers its residents at our world-class Universities and Colleges.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, working in the field of Information Technology, he believes that the demand for workers in high-tech fields will continue to grow nationally.

He encourages families to have a sound financial plan and for students to be literate in mathematics and science, whatever their chosen field of study.

Amanda J. A. Edwin
Committee Member

Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda undertook immigration to Canada in 2008, establishing her residence in the Region of Waterloo. Preceding her immigration, Amanda pursued an early retirement following a distinguished 21-year tenure as an elementary teacher with the Ministry of Education. Amanda possesses a Bachelor’s in Education with a specialization in Educational Administration and a Master’s Degree in Sociology, both acquired at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

Demonstrating a profound commitment to community service, Amanda sought avenues to contribute meaningfully to her new environment. In 2016, she assumed the role of a Board Member at the CCAWR, drawn by the alignment of the organization’s values, mission, and vision with her own. Amanda served as a Director of the Board in the capacity of Secretary for six years. She also engages in the Scholarship Committee, fostering connections with fellow Caribbean residents in the region.

Beyond her board responsibilities, Amanda dedicates part-time hours to instructing adults at Pathways Educational Services and at Conestoga College. Additionally, she is a solo entrepreneur and operates a modest notary services practice situated in Kitchener-Waterloo. During her non-professional commitments, Amanda prioritizes quality time with her family and pursues her enduring passion for writing. Leveraging various platforms, including blogging and social media, she endeavors to inspire others by sharing her insights on education, parenting, and law. Amanda acknowledges that her writings, much like herself, are perpetual works in progress, marked by an ongoing journey of refinement rather than an aspiration for flawlessness.

Carla Beharry
Committee Member

Carla Beharry is a mixed-race, Guyanese-British-Canadian mental health advocate, antiracism consultant, writer, speaker. She works as relationship coach for racialized individuals and intercultural and multi-ethnic families and conducts antiracism and anti-oppression trainings for workplaces and corporations. Carla has a special interest in ensuring services for mental and emotional wellbeing available for our Caribbean and African families, as well as for all communities of colour. Her work focused on dismantling stigmas and barriers to receiving healthcare in our communities.

Carla is the founder of DOCUMENTING US, a video and audio documentary series featuring stories of racialized women and men, and is the co-creator of the WOKE WO/MEN’S Stories of Resilience + Challenge Speaking Events. She works to build platforms for racialized and marginalized individuals to have a space to share personal stories of overcoming adversity. The WOKE events focus on reducing the isolation can have extreme impacts on our Black, Brown, Indigenous People of Colour who live carrying the weight of trauma and anxiety alone.

Carla was one of the organizers of the KW Solidarity March for Black Lives Matter and is the co-creator of the Antiracism Community Collective. She is an Antiracism Consultant for workplaces, schools, wellness studios, libraries and corporations who are prioritizing learning about antiracism language, non-performative allyship, diversifying employees, dismantling cultural appropriation for profit, decolonizing wellness spaces and creating businesses that feel like inclusive and equitable environments for racialized and marginalized residents.

Lynn Garrioch
Committee Member

Lynn Garrioch was a tenured professor of psychology at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire for 20 years.  

Her primary academic interests were in social psychology, psychology and the law, and statistical methods for psychology.  

After being awarded professor emeritus, she returned to the Waterloo Region to become the equity officer and then the senior manager of equity at Waterloo Catholic District School Board.