Apefa Adjivon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pearl Project. Moving to Canada as a refugee with her family at a young age, she had the opportunity to experience life in both the western world and the developing world. Recognizing the difference in the treatment of women in Canada and her home Sierra Leone, she dedicated her life to improving the lives of individuals in developing countries and women internationally.
Apefa has advocated for children's and women's rights through Plan International and Because I am A Girl and was selected to represent Canada as a Youth Delegate to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, working on SDG #5: Gender Equality. At the U.N., she pitched the Pearl Project in the Social Venture Challenge. Out of thousands of delegates from around the world, The Pearl Project won! Apefa was then Selected by the United Nations and British Council to receive social enterprise training and was the youngest selected of hundreds to present her start-up, the Pearl Project, at the Youth Innovation Summit on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Robin Martin is our Program Director. She is currently working on her Women and Gender Studies and International Relations double major at the University of Toronto. Robin has extensive experience with youth programming and directing mentorship because of her work at the YMCA and Sherwood Enrichment Band in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. She is responsible for the scheduling, creation, and management of all programming as well as the training of volunteers. The programming includes a framework for pairing students with opportunities provided by our partners in addition to the setting and achieving of personal, academic and professional goals. Robin is passionate about girls education and equity issues and works hard outside the Pearl Project team on the University of Toronto Women and Gender Studies Union and LGBTOUT to foster a more inclusive environment on campus.
Savroop Shergill is the Director of Communications and Head of Public Relations at the Pearl Project. Savroop is a second year Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Equity Studies double major at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about using media in all its forms as a tool for spreading positive change in the world and is passionate about human rights and social justice issues. Savroop is an integral member of the Pearl Project team who believes that an equal access to education and opportunities for young girls everywhere is a fundamental right and works hard with the rest of the Pearl Project team to make this goal a reality for girls in Canada's most vulnerable communities.