Past Presidents

Everett Wakoli

Everett Wakoli is a past President and board member of Abeingo Association Canada. He holds a B. Sc. in Mech. Engineering, Cert Canesugar Manufacture and Diploma in Textile Engineering. He has worked in both public and private sector in Kenya for over 20 years before migrating to Canada. He has worked in process industry in various management capacities in Operations & Maintenance both in Kenya and Canada. He is currently working with the American Sugar Refining Inc. in Toronto. Before migrating to Canada he worked for British multinational Lonrho Agribusiness at their EATEC plant in Eldoret-Kenya. Everett has a passion for mobilizing people in any way that empowers them to overcome the day to day challenges of life. While still living in Eldoret-Kenya he spearheaded the formation of Oasis Residents Association in the newly created estate of Oasis, and served as its founding Vice Chairman. When he came to Canada, he settled in Mississauga with his family and joined the Malton Baptist Church. He volunteered in various capacities in the congregation working with the youth group as the Director of youth programs and also served as a member of the church board between 2004/06. He was among the founders of Abeingo Association Canada and served as its Vice President between 2004/06 and President from 2006 to date. He has volunteered in a number of different capacities in the Kenyan-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area, participating in the community as a resource in focus groups and during elections. One of the direct results of his community involvement is the Kiswahili teaching program which was first initiated at the Jane/ Finch area run by a group of volunteers from the Abeingo Association Canada but was later taken over by the Toronto District Schools Board.

Joseph Mulongo Wanyama

Joseph has been a resident of Ontario Canada since 2000. Joseph has demonstrated outstanding leadership right from Kenya where he was a High School teacher and Vice Principal. Joseph has served on various boards as a member and director and has been involved with a number of committees in the University of Toronto such as the Hart House Steward Board, Equity committee of the Faculty of Education at Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). He also served as member of Graduate Education Council of the school of Graduate Studies. He has represented Graduate students at OISE's Faculty Council. He has been actively involved in various University of Toronto committees like the Graduate professional Skills Development Committee, E-thesis committee and Career Users Council. More recently, Joseph completed his term as President of Graduate Students Union, University of Toronto. Joseph is the founding President of Abeingo Association Canada through which he has contributed his vision and leadership (2004-2006). He is also a founding member of the Kenyan Community in Ontario (KCO). Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Nairobi (B ED), Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Master of Education Administration (M ED) OISE, University of Toronto and he is currently a doctoral student in Education Administration (ED.D) from the Department of Theory and Policy Studies OISE, University of Toronto and expects to complte by 2010. Joseph is a recipient of the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award 2004 and Arbor Award 2007 of the University of Toronto.