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Our wish for all of our Strongest Oaks is for them to become independent, both financially self-sufficient and emotionally prepared to tackle the challenges of adulthood. Our Rwandan OakJean de Dieu (JD) Tuyisenge has not only met our expectations but has exceeded them.
We are so pleased to announce that JD is our first “graduate”! We have invited him to leave his Strongest Oak status behind in exchange for a position on The Strongest Oak Advisory Board. As a Rwandan genocide survivor and founder of EduAfrica, JD will provide insights only someone with first-hand experience can possibly offer. Over the past few years, JD has become a recognized panelist and speaker at a variety of events related to global poverty, migration and youth education in Rwanda, and he has been featured on news programs including CBC radio. CBC Radio JD is currently completing his final year of studies at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) where he will graduate with a degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies, before pursuing a career in that field.
Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who helped JD in his journey, most notably his mentor, Dennis Ekvall, and Dennis’ wife Shirley for their dedicated support of JD.