Board Members and Long Term Volunteers

Sunyata Angeline Choyce – Founding Director Project COLORS International
board2Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1979. She is the recipient of the 1st Red Cross Young Humanitarian Award in Nova Scotia Canada. Sunyata graduated from YALE ‘s School of Public Health /FPD Advanced Health Care Management program, cum laude, in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended Glasgow University in Scotland, the University of Cork in Ireland and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, receiving a degree in International Development Studies plus various other youth and global health certifications.

Sunyata is the founding director of Project COLORS International (Children’s Overseas Learning Opportunities & Resources), a non-profit organization that coordinates international children’s aid projects. COLORS mandate is to provide direct & practical assistance to children in need, with the hope of inspiring youth & children to strive to make positive changes in the world.

South Africa is where COLORS started in 2004, as Sunyata witnessed the pronounced needs of the 55 OVC children she worked daily in a South African childrens home. From then on COLORS began coordinating and assisting grassroots projects globally, helping fill in the gaps where needed. These vital projects are focused on education, dental care, basic health care, clothing, building pre-schools, mentoring youth and other emergency needs. Between developing project plans and tackling important issues, Sunyata takes pride in living with and getting to know the people COLORS assists personally.

She has lived and worked in South Africa for over 7 years, and worked in Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Mexico, and Costa Rica. In the past she has worked for the United Nations, Various Canadian government postings and has received awards from CHDHS in Human Rights and Relations, the Red Cross 1st Young Humanitarian Award, Nova Scotia’s Herold top 20 in their 20s making a difference, chosen as a ‘Global Heroes’ for Heroes and Lifeboats Canada, and Global & Mail transformational Canadians. She subsidizes her work with COLORS by taking on various contracts all over the world, however, her home and office is based in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia Canada.

Rebecca Jeppesen, M.Sc. – Board Member
board4Rebecca Jeppesen is a Wildlife Management Biologist currently living on Baffin Island in Canada’s Arctic with her partner, Scott, and their rescued Mexican street dog, Guera. She spent time travelling and working in developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean before completing her Master of Science in ecology and conservation biology.

“I’ve known Sunyata (Project COLORS founder and director) all my life, and she’s always had a drive to make things right: saving wildlife, befriending those who needed it the most, and protesting activities that could harm the environment. All of these activities she’s approached in her own way, based on her unique perspective of how the world should operate: wildlife was often saved by yelling at hunters, the most recently arrived foreign students were brought to live in her home, environmental protests often took the form of driving past the clear cutting operation or corner-cutting factories repeatedly, horn blaring, until the horn itself bit the dust – at which point she would simply switch vehicles. She’s also always had a knack for making a little go a long way.

COLORS has provided Sunyata with a self-made opportunity to let these qualities expand, through sheer will and determination, into an organization that is dedicated to making things right – one small corner of the world at a time. Knowing Sunyata as well as I do, I’m confident that resources and donations to Project COLORS go further than they could with any other charitable organization, that obstacles are viewed as challenges, and that COLORS makes a difference in someone’s life everyday, which is why I’m a whole-hearted supporter of the organization.”
Rebecca Jeppesen, M.Sc.

Lukas Swan, PhD – Board Member
board5Dr. Lukas Swan is an engineer involved with both R&D and commercial aspects of a broad array of renewable and alternative energy technologies. His passion is sustainable and efficient energy generation, storage, and conversion mechanisms, with the intent of displacing conventional fossil fuel use. This aligns well with Project Colors as the organization seeks to improve the quality of life of those in third-world countries. Two of Lukas’ applicable interest areas are solar powered water pumping and battery powered LED lighting. Lukas is presently an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) where he lectures and conducts research.
Margarete Mahaney – Volunteer & Board member
board7Margarete was our dental hygienist. She worked in South Africa helping the kids with dental care and launched COLORS dental program. She is now on our board and lives in Calgary Canada. She helps fundraise from her home base and organize dental supplies for COLORS.
Ana Bustamante (Alberta, Canada) – Web master volunteer

board8Ana created and manages this Website.
Ana has been a dedicated volunteer, who helps COLORS with all our website needs. This is a huge support to COLORS as we do not have funds to hire admin staff for these necessary aspects of COLORS.

Terry Choyce (Nova Scotia Canada) – Board member & Canada based volunteer
board10Terry has been a part of COLORS from the start taking on many key fundraising and promotions roles as she is Sunyata’s mother. Terry is continuously promoting COLORS on her radio Show CKDU Dalhousie’s “Inner Connections”, Magazine articles as she has a column in “The Source” not to mention promotion through her various church services at Bedford United, Brunswick United and the Universalist Unitarian Church where she often presides.

Terry has sponsored many of COLORS endeavours including teachers, students and organizing funding for a volunteers vehicle in the name of her late father ‘Russell Paul’. She is founder of Spiritual Seekers, East Coat coordinator for humanities team among journalist, community activist & CKDU radio host.

Lesley Choyce – Board member
board11Lesley Choyce has also played a large part of Project COLORS being Sunyata’s father. He generously donates yearly airmiles to keep ‘COLORS flying’ plus has sponsored the creation of Alice’s pre-school and sponsored child-Elton’s Paramedics education. Choyce has also provided assistance for vehicles and various other projects in the DR, Costa Rica and Africa throughout the years with COLORS. Lesley is a professor at Dalhousie University, owner of Potters field Press and author of over 70 books.
Amy Hunny – Board member and Canadian based volunteer
board12Amy Brannen hunny has been supported COLORS for years! She is our key Christmas Campaign logistical officer, creating hand made personal cards to everyone who donates to COLORS for our yearly sponsorship campaign. Amy constantly promotes COLORS not only with thought but she uses her on-line and home based enterprises/shops aka..Fancy Lucky and ebay stores to collect funds for COLORS. She founded Project Thrift which circulated funds and supplies for COLOSR for years.
Charlene Marcinkoski – COLORS Dominicana- Long term Volunteer
board13A heart felt goodbye and a huge THANK you to Charlene as she moves back to Canada after 7 years of volunteering and living with her family in the Dominican Republic. Charlene kept COLORS going in the DR with ESL teaching, supply distribution, logistics, fundraising and correspondence . She loved the children dearly and was a dedicated aid worker during her time with us. Charlene now fundraise from her home in Alberta with her business Cudio Photography . She will always be apart of the Project COLORS family.
Rebecca Martin-Fraser

Rebecca started her role with COLORS as South Africa Development Coordinating Officer at the CMSR Children’s Home & HIV/AIDS Hospice in George, South Africa. Her role there consisted of providing basic needs and resources through the development of recreational activities, EAL classes, mentorship programs, as well as a leadership and life-skill building program for at-risk youth.

Now a member of the board, she continues to provide support in Canada with editing, consulting, circulating promotional items and materials, coordinating and organizing fundraising events, and supporting the sponsorship campaign. Rebecca currently works at the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) as a Sector-Specific EAL Instructor, where she assists internationally educated engineers and nurses in their preparations for licensure in Nova Scotia.

Beth Newell

Beth was one of our amazing board members who unfortunately passed away in 2022. She helped with and held several fundraisers and made 100s of sewing kits for colors which were hand-delivered all over the globe. An Agent of Change fund lives on in her name helping children around the world with life skills.

Amber MacDonald

Amber is an Architectural Technician working in Halifax, NS. She brings ideas to life for the designer, client and contractor through CAD drawings and renderings. She has many years of experience working as an integrated design team member on various developments from small office leaseholds, schools and hospitals. She loves being able to see the work go from the screen to then being able to walk through it.

Amber has been a supporter of Project COLORS since its beginning as she and Sunyata were childhood friends and remained close through the years. Amber became a board member when Sunyata returned from years of living in Africa to her home base of Nova Scotia in 2014. “I have had the fortunate opportunities to volunteer with Sunyata in Costa Rica, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Those adventures were amazing to see how small acts of kindness and generosity can make such a difference in someone’s life. To see firsthand how the logistics of collecting donations, seeking out the need in the community, creating a plan of action and implementing it on the ground is an amazing experience. The smiles on the variety of faces from the children to childcare workers and the community in general are very heartwarming.”

Amber continues to volunteer with Project COLORS at home by helping organize and sort donated materials from healthcare, dental and educational supplies creating packages to be taken overseas. She volunteers with Project COLORS at local markets and fundraisers to raise money for the items that will later be purchased within the needy communities and donated directly to those who live there.

Send donations to:
83 Leslie Rd,
East Lawrencetown
Nova Scotia, B2Z 1P8