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Let’s go behind-the-scenes and introduce our newest board members, Dr. Bobbie Legg and Alexandra (Alex) Loftus.
While much of our communication is about our front-facing activities, there is an enormous amount of work that goes on in the background to ensure that we can meet our objectives in caring for at-risk children. Our board members volunteer their time and expertise and we are grateful for their commitment.
Meet Dr. Bobbie Legg
Dr. Bobbie Legg,(BSW, MSW, and PhD) or Doctor Bobbie as she is fondly known to the children, is a specialist in trauma treatment. She is also a clinically certified juvenile treatment specialist. She has been BTO’s Clinical Director for the past couple of years and has graciously agreed to become a board member.
“Helping children grow following childhood trauma is my clinical expertise and my passion,” explains Dr. Bobbie. “BTO courageously provides specialised care to help our kids grow through adverse childhood experiences so that they can achieve their best potential. It is a privilege to serve and support BTO’s mission of meeting the immediate and long-lasting needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
As our Clinical Director, Dr. Bobbie regularly visits our programs in Nepal and Kenya, working closely with the children and also training the staff. She is an invaluable member of our team and we are thrilled she has agreed to take up this board post. (Dr. Bobbie is pictured above with Simon. This photo was taken in July 2019 when she was in Kenya working with our in-country partner).
Meet Alexandra Loftus
Alex is our youngest board member and brings to BTO a range of communication skills in the field of social causes. She’s a consultant at The Bravery, an award-winning PR agency in Sydney, and is studying for a post-grad degree in social impact. Committed to helping important movements increase their influence through creative communication and storytelling strategies, Alex has an abundance of expertise and enthusiasm for BTO’s mission.
Our CEO Geoff Hucker and Alex met a few years ago. “I was immediately drawn to the grassroots nature of BTO,” says Alex. “The organisation’s impact with young people and its positive influence on communities in Nepal and Kenya is something I knew I wanted to be part of.”
“Joining the board means I can further support the fantastic work the BTO team does. I think it’s important for boards to be diverse and reflective of the world we live in. As we look to 2020, I hope to help BTO launch a youth advisory group so we can better engage with millennial donors.”
We warmly welcome Dr. Bobbie and Alex to the BTO family. With the commitment of our board, our amazing team and the support from our donors, BTO has positively changed the lives of more than 1000 at-risk children. We continue to make a positive difference everyday.