Meet Our Board

Responsible for governance

OFC Pharaoh Hamid Freeman Rouse

Pharaoh Hamid-Freeman

Founder

Founder and Non Voting Director
As a youth Pharaoh always felt like he had the ability to make a difference. His life experiences; some very negative and some extremely positive, gave him insight that enabled him to relate and build bonds with all different types of people on a personal level. Those bonds along with his desire to help, and his ability to communicate has put him in the position he is in now as a community leader, coordinating a network of over 15,000 people read more…

Shiata Lewis

President

Shiata considers herself to be a continuous student of dance, over the years she has studied many genres of dance, but feels most connected to African and Caribbean  rooted dance. Recently Shiata along with the group West Can were invited to the  islands of Trinidad and Tobago to engage in a Dance exchange program that enabled  her to receive a deeper understanding of the Ancestral origin of Afro-Caribbean dance.  

Moving forward Shiata plans to continue traveling and studying the origins of Caribbean dance. She will also continue teaching children about their Afro-Caribbean  culture through dance and is very passionate about the role she plays as an example  for the future generations. She believes that people all over the world regardless of  race all share one heartbeat.

Marla Noel

Treasurer

My name is Marla Noel and I am currently the treasurer of the OFC. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Concordia University in 2003.  I am a person that is organized and meticulous when it comes to numbers and organizing financial data.  Over the years I have volunteered my services in various Not-For Profit organizations. I have also completed a one year term on the Board of Directors for the Negro Community Centre NCC formerly known Charles H. Este Cultural Centre for one year.  Empowering the community has always been a passion for me and is also one of the reasons why I am devoted to working with the OFC and assisting them with their objective of community empowerment.
OFC Dr Andrea Rouse

Dr. Andrea Rouse - D.C.C. M.A

Secretary

Secretary and Head of Human Resources Committee)

I have over 20 years of counselling. I am also a credential Christian minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) . I have also been a member of the West Island Church of God  from 1988 as Minister, Youth Director and also Youth Pastor  I  teach Religious Instruction to schools in Trinidad and Tobago. I am a lecturer at the West Indies School of Theology  of Trinidad and Tobago.  I have the experience of working with the  OFC organization from 2002  as their  bookkeeper, human resources  and now one of their directors

Aguado Julien - MBA

Director

Director and Head of Finance Committee

Dynamic, versatile, and results-driven professional with more than five years of experience in project coordination combined with over five years of experience in accounting. Self-motivated, reliable, and forward-thinking professional, recently completed a MBA with a specialization in corporate finance.  Superior communication skills, bilingual English and  interacts with clients, regulatory agencies, outside vendors, and staff. Results-oriented with demonstrated success in project management, customer service, and accounting. 

Technical Proficiency: MS Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Quickbooks.

OFC Sharon Long

Sharon Long

Director

Director and Member of the Advisory Committee

Sharon Long brings to her consulting career more than thirty five years of experience in the social welfare sector. She has held progressively responsible positions starting from a social worker to Acting CEO in the Human Services department of Government of Alberta and its predecessor organizations. Sharon has thorough and deep knowledge of child and family welfare policies, practices and case management in Alberta and other provincial jurisdictions. Sharon has participated in leadership capacity and as a change catalyst in many transformational projects in government. Sharon is an excellent facilitator, business analyst, problem solver, and a resourceful project manager. She has developed and delivered many training programs related to social welfare and human resources and has also mentored management resources in various roles. She is known for her friendly and well considered approach towards clients as well as towards peers, and is really well liked as a mentor and coach.Sharon has a BA from Concordia University and BSW from McGill University and is also a certified coach from the Internal Coach Federation. Sharon is a registered social worker and has delivered several training and coaching assignments for programs such as Strengths Deployment Inventory and Colours Spectrum.

Khalyil Rouse-Bakel

Director

Director and Head of OFC Entertainment

M-city SOLO, is an artist, songwriter and  rapper from Montreal, Canada. With his stage name expressing the love for his city and knowledge of self. M-city SOLO’s known for making energetic social music appealing to all generations. He is a representation of his upbringing as his lyrics are inspired by his life experiences growing up in diversity.  M-city Solo is also a performer, motivational and public speaker, who’s constantly evolving, and pushing his listeners to think critically on chasing their dreams and success. With over 250 shows to date and over 50,000 youth benefitting from his co-created Tour “ The Music With Meaning Tour” M-city SOLO is an influencer