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Volunteer Team 

Meet the People Behind the Work





Lily runs her own business

Lily Okeny

Volunteer Board Treasurer

“I was born in Obbo, (Acholiland) within East Equatoria, South Sudan and was one of 4 girls and 3 boys born into a hardworking farming family. Although our farm was a 2 hour walk to and from elementary and high school, I consider myself very fortunate to have had access to a good education. 

Shortly after finishing my schooling I left the area and eventually made my way to Canada in 1996. I am the mother of 5 children, all of whom are now self-sufficient. From the onset of my arrival in Canada I have advocated for the betterment of the South Sudanese people living in South Sudan and North America. 

My current employment with the Calgary Food Bank is a direct result of my desire to help my people. I am an active member of The Obbo Community of North America and serve as the Assistant Project Manager responsible for fundraising activities within North America. 

For the past 5 years I have served as the treasurer of HPI and have played an active advisory role with HPI'S farming activities in the Obbo region of South Sudan.”

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