The Team

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.“

Nelson Henderson

It takes a village to support a village.

All the incredible things Ssubi has been able to accomplish are because we've come together with the aim of spreading hope. Our donors, directors, volunteers and staff are an amazing team of people who have chosen to hope for themselves, for the people of Uganda and for the world.

Our Directors

Philip Ndugga

Founder, Director

Philip is one of those people who seem to brighten a room when they enter it. As one of Calgary’s best-known fitness and martial arts instructors, Philip is an inspiring force around town sharing his positive outlook at The Glencoe Club and Repsol Sport Centre, as well as a personal trainer, and martial arts consultant. He grew up in Kampala, Uganda, where he resided until 2000. He owned and ran a fitness gym, represented Uganda in kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, and trained a number of under-privileged and physically handicapped children in martial arts and fitness, becoming a mentor and providing them with valuable life skills. A founder of The Ssubi Foundation, he attributes his successes to the education he received while younger and believes strongly that learning is one of the keys to ending poverty.

Tracy Lee

Founder, Director

You’d be hard pressed to find a kinder soul. Tracy’s warm and gentle nature is immediately palpable upon introduction. She’s worked in the non-profits sector her whole life, starting with her years as a biologist for the Jane Goodall Institute. While working in remote sections of Uganda, Tracy and interviewing local communities about the impacts of parks on their livelihoods, she experienced true poverty first hand, where education was a luxury and circumstances limited an individual's opportunity to succeed. It was that experience that drew her to become one of founders of The Ssubi Foundation.

Robert Hagerman


Robert is a chartered accountant and lawyer, and is partner with the national firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. As a former Director with the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprises, and as current Board Chair of the Boys and Girls Club, he continues to demonstrate his dedication to giving back to his community. Robert plays a strong support role to The Ssubi Foundation in many areas, including his expertise in financial and accounting practices.

Margot Theriault


Margot first became involved with The Ssubi Foundation as a volunteer in 2008 when she purchased and donated solar lights to several supported schools. She also spent time as a volunteer in Uganda where she helped to build the Lily Kindergarten and Primary School. Margot currently lives in Calgary and continues to be a valuable supporter of the Foundation.

Lapyem Thomas Awany


As the Northern Country Representative, Thomas represents the Ssubi Foundation year-round in Uganda. The only paid staff member, Thomas has a Bachelor Degree in Business Education from Gulu University and a Diploma in Law from Makerere University. Thomas works part time for Centre for Reparation and Rehabilitation (CRR), a non-governmental organization that provides legal redress to sexual and gender-based violent-related wrongs.

Our Core Funders

You give us all a reason to keep hoping.

Our deepest thanks to the following organizations who play a pivotal role in enabling Ssubi to continue supporting the people of Uganda. Your generosity and support are truly making the world a better place.


Our deepest gratitude to these generous spirits

Our incredible volunteers give their time, their skills, and on occasion their killer dance moves to help the Ssubi community come together each year for our annual fundraiser.

Clare Clinckett

Kelsey Finch

Kevin Jayasuria

Breanne Nielsen

Jessica Power Cyr

Carla Klassen