The African Canadian Federation of London and Area (ACFOLA) is registered and operates as a Nonprofit organization in the Canadian Province of Ontario. ACFOLA is an organization that serves and advocates for the inclusion, engagement and integration of African Canadians in community life and development of London and area. The Federation also acts as an umbrella organization for several organizations in the London area. The Federation is governed by its 9 volunteer member board of directors who are elected from its individual and association members. The executive committee members are subsequently elected or appointed from members of the board. The current members of the board and/or executive committee with their positions are shown below.
Executive Committee and Board Members
Dr. Melanie Katsivo
The President is entrusted to run the federation with equity, fairness, team work and vision. She works with accountability for the general well-being and advancement of the ACFOLA’s mission. She is responsible for presiding over all General and Annual meetings of the Federation. The president may also serve as ex-officio member of committees and attend their meetings when invited.
The Vice President assists and collaborates with the President in implementing his/ her duties and executes and oversees tasks assigned by the Board or the Executive Committee. The Vice President also presides over meetings if the President is unable to. In the event that the President resigns, the Vice President will then assume his/her responsibilities.
The Treasurer oversees the revenue and expenditure of the Federation as well as the development of fundraising and sustainability strategies. They are responsible for monitoring the bookkeeping system for compliance and must keep an up to date record of all assets and obligations. He/she is also responsible for presenting audited financial statements at the AGMs.
Along with a committee of volunteers, the Youth and Sports Affair Director collaborates and partners with other similar organizations to provide sports and youth programs for families.
Bashir has a background in Urban and Regional Planning and is very interested in Youth Development. He participated in various projects prior to joining ACFOLA, and the one that stands out for him was back in Nigeria, where he raised the awareness around peer pressure and negative influence among Adolescents in High Schools. He is constantly engaging with youth to develop programs that would most impact them positively and help achieve outcomes that would set them up for success in both career and life paths. He currently volunteers with Immploy (a mentorship program for professional immigrants that are new to Canada) and the Big Brother Big Sister of London and Area as a Mentor, and he brings his experience to different conversations across the table. His portfolio involves developing sports activities and youth programs in the community. When Bashir is not working, he is either playing soccer or sweating it out at the Squash court.
Along with volunteers, the Events and Social Development Director oversees the development and execution of events that promote health, education, social issues and culture. He/she collaborates and partners with other events and social development organizations.