Staff and Board of Directors
Leah Donatiello // Executive Director// Before founding High Tides International, Leah had lived in the small beach town of Lobitos Peru for two years working with children and youth in various capacities. Now, she has the opportunity to focus on the projects she is truly passionate about and share them with her Lobiteño community. She strives to provide children and youth with creative outlets that can serve as self-empowering, and educational. Leah has a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from UBC Okanagan, and has spent time in India studying yoga and meditation. Her goals are for HTI to be able to offer program support to other like-minded organizations and to have a positive lasting effect on the program’s participants.
Florence Wood // Outreach Coordinator (UK) & Ambassador// Florence has moved from country to country with her family, growing up in all sorts of environments and spaces, ranging from the major bustling cities like Beijing, to small towns in England. With an open mind, Flo arrived in Lobitos as HTI’s first intern late March 2016, a week after the opening of a new centre in Primavera, and aided in the running and realisation of HTI’s programmes over the course of 4 months. Enchanted by the magic of Lobitos and its people, Florence aims to continue supporting High Tides International and the children of Lobitos as a Outreach Coordinator (UK) & Ambassador. With her continued involvement, she hopes to see the growth and sustainability of the programmes that benefit the kids that she got to know during her time in Lobitos.
Savannah Hallworth // Secretary // Savannah grew up in a small town on Vancouver Island and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the University of British Columbia. She’s worked with many non-profit organizations and completed two overseas volunteer placements in Ghana and Peru. Upon graduation, she travelled to Kyrgyzstan as part of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada International Youth Fellowship. Through her experiences, she’s developed a keen interest in women’s rights and empowerment, as well as analyzing Canada’s role in international development. She’s excited to join the Board of Directors for High Tides International!
Nick Dodds // Treasurer // Growing up in Northern Ontario, Nick developed two of his major interests: enjoying the outdoors, and moral reasoning. A combination which led him to the UBC’s Okanagan Campus, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy, and to the National Outdoors Leadership School, where he earned a diploma in Outdoor leadership after a semester in the wilderness of north eastern India. At UBC, Nick was elected to the University Senate and the Executive Committee of the Student Society. In these roles he successfully spearheaded a complete revision of the Society’s Bylaws and redrafted the Organization’s staff structure. Professionally, Nick hopes to address systemic social issues with creative and sustainable solutions. He is excited to continue on that path as a part of HTI’s board of directors and can’t wait to visit our programs in Lobitos!
Alexa Creelman // Chair // Alexa’s relationship with Peru began shortly after graduating with her degree in International Relations minoring in Spanish, when she was accepted into the International Youth Internship Programme with the Canadian Co-operative Association. She was posted in Northern Peru on an international development project with Norandino, an agricultural co-operative, where she returned and continued working for almost 2 years. This incredible opportunity granted her insight into Peruvian culture and fuelled her passion for gender equity, the power of co-operatives as a development model, and intercultural communications. She is thrilled to be part of the High Tides International team!
Michelle Lowton // Director // Michelle is the Director of Student Development and Advising at UBC. She was born and raised in the Okanagan and is proud to be a part of the growing and thriving UBC campus in the Okanagan. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Social Work from UBC and has been involved in international development projects in Peru, Botswana, and India. She has goals of continuing that work and helping her son learn his role in his community, both locally and globally. She is delighted to continue to be involved in the beautiful community of Lobitos through High Tides International.