who we are

Board of Directors

Dr. Su-Ann Oh
su-ann@roomtogrowfoundation.org

founding Board Member, is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. She conducts research on education, forced migration and borderlands, and is geographically focussed on the Thai-Burmese border and Burma. She has written on the situation of orphans and unaccompanied minors in Umphium Mai refugee camp and has published papers and reports on education for refugees in Thailand.

 

Jennifer Allore
jallore@roomtogrowfoundation.org

founding Board Member and Chairperson, arrived to Thailand in 2005 to teach English at a ‘post-high school’ in Umphium Mai camp, where she was also fortunate enough to live much of the time. She has a Bachelor of Arts from York University in Toronto and wide-ranging English teaching experience in Canada, Japan and Thailand.  She spent three years in Mae Sot, Thailand and developed and managed an educational project for refugees for a large international non-governmental organization, ZOA Refugee Care.  She first became involved with orphans when her students in Umphium Mai told her about a boarding house that had burned down, leaving the residents with almost nothing. Soon after, together with Su-Ann Oh and Jennifer Jones, Room to Grow Foundation was started. She eventually moved on from Thailand and spent a few years in China and Hong Kong. After spending nearly a decade in Asia, she returned home to Canada with her family, where she is currently undertaking a Master of Education and teaching in higher education institutions.

 

Sandra Jones
sandra@roomtogrowfoundation.org

Executive Director, was born in Australia and has lived in Canada for 35 years, working as an Occupational Therapist. Sandra has three children, each of whom has been able to attend post-secondary education and travel the world. She now has two young grandchildren. In June 2010 Sandra spent 6 weeks in Mae Sot working with Room to Grow where she returned again for several months in 2011 and 2012. Working with R2G projects, Sandra was able to help put into practice the core Occupational Therapy principles of self-care, productivity and leisure. For children this means that learning and self-confidence come from play (informal), and classroom (formal) education. This allows children the opportunity to fulfill their potential and inspires them to be curious about the world. Play and dance also promote children’s physical development and improves their overall health. Sandra believes that all children have the right to participate in educational opportunities, to have fun, to relax and to play.

 

Jennifer Jones
jjones@roomtogrowfoundation.org

found Board Member, holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from McGill University in Canada and a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) from the University of Sydney in Australia. She worked in Mae Sot, Thailand for seven years, with refugee and migrant people from Myanmar, including work with both international NGOs and local groups on education and child protection projects. She has worked in Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and Laos and, since May 2015, she has been helping to develop curriculum in partnership with Yangon University, including lecturing on the Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work program. She is passionate about community-based child protection and capacity building, loves working in the community, getting her feet dirty, and at the end of the day, dancing it out.