Who We Are

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to helping children in disadvantaged areas complete their education. The first ABCD: Art Building Children’s Dreams charity began in Canada; since then other ABCD charities and not-for-profits modelled on the same values and aims have begun in Australia, the UK, and in Tanzania.

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ABCD: Art Building Children’s Dreams in Canada volunteers focus their efforts in rural Tanzania in the Ward of Marangu West, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here is the Board of Directors.

Frank Smith

Frank SmithFrank is an artist, an aspiring musician (click here to visit his studio) and a retired secondary school visual arts teacher. He still teaches privately in his own studio. After retirement Frank began to devote his time to volunteer and humanitarian work. He has volunteered at Camp Oochigeas, a camp for children with cancer, and served on the Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Artistic Enrichment Committee. However most of Frank’s time lately is devoted to his vision of developing ABCD: Art Building Children’s Dreams to further the educational goals and lives of the beautiful children that he has met in Tanzania.


Lynn Bird

LynnLynn, a retired clinical laboratory manager, brings over 20 yeas of corporate operational financial management experience in both private business and in the healthcare field. Lynn’s volunteer work includes over 20 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Newmarket serving Rotary at a club, district and international level. She has volunteered with Southlake Regional Health Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York, and King Township Museum. She is currently on the executive of the Canadian Federation of University Women (Aurora Newmarket).

John de Ronde

JohnJohn is a retired teacher who divides his time between living in the United Kingdom and Tanzania. In addition to serving on the Board of ABCD Canada, John is the founder of ABCD UK. He works hard to raise funds in the UK to help children in the village of Lyamungo Sinde, about 2 hours away from where ABCD Canada works. John’s specialty is ICT and he uses his talents to advance the work of both ABCD UK and ABCD Canada. His familiarity with the life and culture of Tanzania is invaluable.

Megan Mitchell

Megan MitchellMegan is the Program Director for the Centre of Excellence in Innovation Leadership at Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University. She is also a coach and consultant. Her passion is to help people discover their unique gifts and ways of contributing for greater success and fulfillment. She is completing her masters in the science and study of well-being as a foundation for happiness. As a teacher and facilitator, she also loves sharing lessons from her travels and to broaden people’s perspectives about what’s possible. Megan has been on two volunteer trips to Tanzania and is inspired by the difference ABCD makes in the lives of children and families.