Board of Directors

The Harambee Cultural Society Board members welcome you! Our volunteer board represents parents, community and our youth. The board includes a founding family member, parents of children ranging from toddlers to young adults, an adult who has attended since being a toddler, professionals; in the field of youth support, banking, project management, IT, education and business. Our long term plans are to ensure our programming supports the needs of our families and hope to provide yearlong opportunities for the essence of Harambee. We truly believe we are empowering our children. 

Me-Kon HayesMe-Kon Hayes, Vice President, with her husband Issa are parents of five children. I started my family as a single mother through adopting our oldest son who is of African Heritage. Our second son is aboriginal. As foster parents for thirteen years, we enjoyed the busyness of a full household. I have been involved in guest speaking at British Columbia’s Ministry for Children and Family Development adoption orientation sessions. I am President of the B.C. Black History Awareness Society and on the board of the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island. Through my company Binkadi Human Services I provide support to persons with developmental disabilities and youth with extra support needs. I love the problem solving involved with my work and developing residential resources unique to the individuals I support. Our family loves everything about Harambee, the support, the spirit, the love. The only times my kids are not talking about Harambee are when we are there. We are very grateful to be part of the Harambee family.

Trevor TremblayTrevor Tremblay, Treasurer, and his wife Susanne are parents to three great kids! Their two oldest are adopted from the USA and are loving siblings to the youngest bio child. Trevor is currently the VP, Finance for Interior Savings Credit Union while Susanne manages the home front including many homeschooling activities. Trevor & Susanne have been participating in Harambee Cultural Society’s (HCS) summer festival since 2009 and have benefited greatly by the supportive environment. Trevor is active as a Board member for his local church in Kelowna and recently completed 5 years of volunteer service with the Big Brothers in-school mentorship program. After a recent presentation on HCS’s strategic plan, Trevor was compelled to get involved by offering his support in the Treasurer role to help see the plan become a reality in supporting transracial families and children of African heritage.

Mikayla SherryMikayla Sherry was adopted from Haiti at 7 months old and has been attending Harambee with her family who are one of the founding families of Harambee ever since. She is currently enrolled in her 3rd year of Child and Youth Care Counseling at Douglas College. In addition to school she spends her time volunteering for Speak Up, an organization focused on youth and mental health and also enjoys her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters Association.” I am passionate about Harambee as it brings families together from so many countries and there is a great group of youth to led and work with.”

Luckner Bakewell - was adopted from Haiti at 2 and a half, along side one of his two sisters. Luckner has been attending camp since the beginning and is very excited an honored to represent the camp by being on the board of directors. Luckner is currently working construction but is looking to become a police officer in the near future. " I feel it is my duty to attend Harambee as it has shaped an changed my life and in doing so I can help change the lives of the next generation of campers."

Karen Peters. The adoption seed was planted way back when Karen was in high school during a trip to the Philippines working with children in a local orphanage. After many years of traveling the globe, she met her husband Chris, who had the same passion for growing a family through adoption. Soon after marriage the planning began, working with Adoption by Shepherd's Care in Florida to expand the family, which now includes our two daughters of African and Dominican Hispanic descent; Mattea and Shaylyn. We live in Surrey, and consider Florida our second home given the ongoing open arrangements with have with both of our kids' birth families. Karen is a mental health therapist working in Fort Langley in her private practice, with a 20 yr history of working as a clinician and practice analyst for the children's mental health program in BC (MCFD). Her husband balances out this type of emotion-based work by offering the highly technical side of web development skills used at Tableau in Vancouver. We've been part of the Harambee family for about 5 years now, and were hooked on day 1. New to the board, Karen is excited to learn from the long-experienced members and offer whatever she can to continue to grow Harambee into the best fit for its participants.

Julian Walmsley lives in Vancouver B.C and has been coming to Harambee since 2015. His sons Max and Lehlo were born in Namibia and Lesotho respectively and Harambee quickly became the highlight of everyone’s year. Julian served on National and BC boards for the CNIB in both marketing and fundraising capacities. He remains a Vision Mate for CNIB today and a keen volunteer in his sons’ sports teams and when ever else he is able. Professionally, Julian is a digital marketer.