Megan Otu, director
Megan is a biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Winnipeg, MB. Megan conducted her PhD research on Lake Bosomtwe, Ghana during 2005-2010, which was facilitated through a partnership with scientists from KNUST in Ghana. She spearheaded the dissemination of her scientific findings to the 24 communities around Lake Bosomtwe in 2007. Megan is also known as Nana Nyantakyiwaa Ababio II, the stool name for Development Queen Mother of Dompa. Her appointment to tribal council is a life-time commitment dedicated to fostering good governance in the community, particularly for the community’s health and education needs.
Roland Hall, secretary
Roland is a professor of ecology and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON. Roland was the principal investigator of the Lake Bosomtwe research conducted during 2004-2010 and led the sample recovery team in 2005. Roland has helped advance the study of Lake Bosomtwe by supplying microscopes and other equipment needed in Ghana. In 2007, he volunteered to sit on the CIDA panel that was assembled to discuss the role of international aid in promoting higher education in Ghana to improve capacity in the environmental sector.
Krista Chomicki, treasurer (Canadian registration)
Krista is a Great Lakes Scientist at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Throughout her graduate studies, education became a key interest for Krista. She strives to find ways to educate the public about scientific and environmental issues. Her educational interests have also spanned to Asia, where she has spent time aiding monks with their educational studies. Krista has a firm belief that education is an important component of personal growth and should be a right, not a privilege.
Sylvester Danuor, treasurer (Ghanaian registration)
Sylvester is a professor of geophysics and the Head of the Department of Physics at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi GH. Sylvester has spent over 20 years to promote the education of youth around Lake Bosomtwe. He has led and coordinated the logistics for a number of international projects including CEIG Inc. to promote education in this region. He founded the non-governmental organization Friends of Lake Bosomtwe and is also a member of the Ghana Science Association, the Ghana Institute of Geoscientists, and the American Geophysical Union.
Caitlin Puchniak, member
Caitlin is a student at the University of Winnipeg, completing her education degree BEd. Caitlin accepted the position of Queen Mother, Nana Gyamfuaa Amono I in 2007 to the town of Abono, Ghana. She helped implement the education program in 2007 to educate school children and elders of the need for environmental protection. This was a project funded by the Students for Development program of CIDA. Since the inception of CEIG Inc., Caitlin has volunteered her talents as editor and chief to help in the success of CEIG Inc.
James Addai, member
James is an electrician and Abono committee secretary. James has been the translator and communications coordinator for CEIG Inc. since 2007. He owns and operates the JAKAD Business and Information Center in Abono, conducting radio broadcasts to the community and information to tourists. (Link to the brochure) James has promoted environmental awareness through tree planting with the Friends of the Earth around Lake Bosomtwe.
Jeffrey Otu, member
Jeff currently works in home care in Winnipeg, MB and used to run the Sankofa African Arts and Crafts shop in Abono, Ghana. He volunteers his time and energy to oversee construction in Ghana and circulate updates to the 24 communities around Lake Bosomtwe. Jeff enthusiastically promotes Ghanaian arts and culture alongside education in Canada and Ghana.
Photo of Sylvester Danuor, Caitlin Puchniak, Francis Awortwi, Roland Hall, Megan Otu and Peter Sanful in 2007 planning the development of CEIG Inc. to assist the Bosomtwe Crater population.