Our Board

Eleanor Brook – CEO

Eleanor Brook – CEO

Eleanor is the CEO and founder of Home of Hope. She has 26 years of management experience of which 8 was in the retail field 18 years have been within the field of care and development of children. She has worked as a nursery school manager and as a franchisee in educational development and training. For the past 10 years as the Founder and CEO of Home of Hope she has managed the organisation that has over this period been responsible for the support and care of over 350 children.

Mike Channing – Chairman

Mike Channing – Chairman

Mike joined Home of Hope in 2011. Mike got involved with Home of Hope through the relationship between Home of Hope and its partner school West Coast Christian School. Mike has a background and many years experience in education. He has been a teacher in many schools throughout South Africa. In addition he has spent many years involved in pastoral care. He was the founding member of West Coast Family church and West Coast Christian School. He has a keen interest in sourcing alternative methods of helping disadvantaged children. He is heavily involved in helping communities through local community bodies. He also works in expanding education opportunities for children in countries like Botswana and Namibia.

Enid Sinequan – Vice Chairperson

Enid Sinequan – Vice Chairperson

Enid joined Home of Hope in 2008 although she has been involved with Home of Hope since it began in 2005. Enid has been working in the travel industry for many years. She brings her corporate experience to the NGO sector. She also serves on her church finance committee. Enid believes strongly in finding ways to break the cycle of abuse & poverty and provide children with opportunities.

Patrick O’ Brien – Treasurer

Patrick O’ Brien – Treasurer

Patrick joined Home of Hope in 2013. Patrick has a background in government finance and has been a government employee in the finance section for 40 years. He is the Chairman of the the finance committee of West Coast Family Church and West Coast Christian School in which he has been involved for many years. He brings his finance experience to the NGO sector particularly in the management of Home of Hope’s finances. Patrick got involved with Home of Hope through the relationship between Home of Hope and its partner school West Coast Christian School.

Aisling Foley – Board Member

Lucelle Borchards – Secretary

Lucy joined Home of hope in 2015. She is a teacher and has been teaching for 25 years. She has taught children from all socio-economic backgrounds and is currently a teacher in Elkanah House. She brings her education experience to the NGO sector and in particular the Amthemba school project. Lucy has a passion for children and has a special place in her heart for them. She has been involved in youth ministry since she was a teenager and feels that children are the future leaders of society and teachers can impact on them in a positive way.

Dr Lynelle A. Kenneth – Vice Secretary

Dr Lynelle A. Kenneth – Vice Secretary

Lyn joined Home of hope in 2013. She is a qualified Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and works in the Metro West as their District Specialist. With her medical experience & work at primary care facilities, she assists with management of some of the children (referring them to the appropriate paediatric facilities) as well as making it possible for health care workers & midwives to receive vital information on FASD and its prevention.

Pauline Sayers – Board Member

Pauline Sayers – Board Member

Pauline started volunteering at Home of Hope in 2005, and has served on the Board since 2009. By profession Pauline is a Public Relations and Marketing Communications Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the industry both in the corporate sector and as a consultant, working with local and international companies. Pauline contributes these professional services to the organisation, assisting with the Fundraising and Marketing strategy and execution thereof each year. She also acts as a Home of Hope ambassador. Ten years ago Pauline was searching for an organisation where she could make a contribution and a difference, and read about Home of Hope in the local newspaper. The moment she arrived the organisation’s mission resonated with her, and she’s never left. As an adoptive parent herself, Pauline has a ‘heart’ for children and the disenfranchised. Of her involvement at Home of Hope she says “I have seen and cannot pretend that I have not”.

Aisling Foley – Board Member

Aisling Foley – Board Member

Aisling Foley joined Home of Hope as a board member in 2011 but has been involved with Home of Hope since 2009. Aisling was involved in working with St Vincent de Paul in Ireland before she moved to South Africa 6 years ago. She came to Home of Hope as a volunteer funded by the Irish Government as part of its overseas aid budget. She is a lawyer by profession and so brings her corporate experience to the NGO sector. She has worked as a project manager in the Home of Hope school (Amathemba) for the last 4.5 years and spends a lot of time working in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Rene Carstens – Board Member

Rene Carstens – Board Member

Rene is a Senior Attorney at Legal Aid South Africa with a passion for justice and the protection of the rights of indigenous people and especially children. Rene joined the Board of Home of Hope in 2012 after being involved in a Children's Court matter in which she represented a child who was placed in foster care at one of Home of Hope's Cluster Foster Care homes. Rene is presently employed in a Supervisory position at Legal Aid but is still actively involved in all Children's Court matters in the Overberg Region and assist HOH in an advisory capacity when the need arise and to arrange legal aid assistance to any child in the care of HOH should it become necessary.

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