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 volunteer whenever else he is able. Professionally, Julian is a relationships manager.
Sidney Vlieg and his wife Tammy live in Salmon Arm BC. Currently he is an Advisor with SASCU after spending nearly 20 years as an engineering recruiter and Tammy is an elementary school teacher. They have two teenaged children; one adopted domestically in Alberta and the other from Ethiopia. They started attending Harmabee Summer Camp in 2019 shortly after relocating to the Shuswap and have found an incredibly supportive community there. Serving on the board of directors is his way of giving back to this community that has given so much to his family.
Nicole Bittante, Treasurer, is a single mom of a beautiful daughter adopted from Haiti. Nicole and her daughter first attended the Harambee Summer Festival in 2022 and had such an amazing experience, they couldn’t wait to return in 2023. They live in Penticton, where Nicole is the CFO/Secretary-Treasurer for School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha). Nicole hopes to support the Harambee Cultural Society so that it can continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for trans-racial adoptive families from all over, for many years to come.