Board of Directors:

CHANGE HER WORLD was officially granted its Letters Patent on February 1, 2010 and was founded as a Not-For-Profit Federal Corporation in Canada. The Board was officially constituted in May, 2010. CHANGE HER WORLD is also a registered charity in Canada with Registration No. 816009252 RR0001.

Currently, the Board of Directors is comprised of 7 members, Linda Willis and Carol Hamilton-Williams (Co-founders) and Lorraine Stevenson, Pat Evers, Shirley Wetzel, Caroline Jensen and Heather Browning.  If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, you may apply here.

Linda Willis
Chair and Secretary of the Board (

Prior to retiring to Stratford, Linda lived in Chatham and taught elementary school in the Chatham-Kent area for 29 years.

She is a graduate of the University of Windsor and holds a Specialist Certificate in Special Education. Nineteen years of her teaching career involved working with students with special needs. During this time Linda was involved in a number of professional committees advancing both the profession and curriculum development.

As Chair of the Board of Directors, Linda brings skillful expertise in the areas of organizational planning and implementation, effective oral and written communication ability and education experience that contributes to her insightful awareness of the academic needs and requirements of the CHANGE HER WORLD beneficiaries and school community personnel. She demonstrates an ardent passion for the rights and equality of all people.

Linda enjoys reading books about the lives of girls and women in the developing world as well as politics and issues around social justice.


Carol L. Hamilton – Williams
Vice-Chair and Treasurer (

Carol graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and in 2001 with a Master of Divinity Degree (ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada).

Currently, she continues to work in private practice as a Registered Nurse Psychotherapist.

She believes that educating girls or women in the developing world is a significant catalyst for change in communities and countries. Her depth of knowledge and skill in the healthcare field has provided a strong foundation on which to explore and address global health issues as they affect those supported through this charity.

Carol enjoys travel and culinary adventures especially with her husband, Glen!


Lorraine Stevenson
Director (

Change Her World: Lorraine StevensonLorraine graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. She currently resides in Stratford, Ontario.

Lorraine’s interests include her family (husband and 3 grown children) and especially her grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, the waterfront in Stratford, and travelling. Her travels have taken her to New Zealand, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany and camping across Canada with her family.

Lorraine has always been passionate about gender equality, which led her to working first as a volunteer with CHANGE HER WORLD and now as a member of the Board of Directors.


Pat Evers
Director  (

Pat hails from Wingham, Ontario and is also a former teacher who has been very active in promoting CHANGE HER WORLD to District #9 Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) in many aspects including its publications.



Shirley Weitzel

Director (

Shirley has been very active over many years in support of the work of CHANGE HER WORLD – particularly the education mandate!

She resides in Stratford, Ontario.


Heather Browning

Director (

Heather is from Stratford, Ontario.

She is a former teacher and a long-time supporter and volunteer for CHANGE HER WORLD.


Caroline Jensen

Director (

Caroline lives in Stratford, Ontario and is keen to be a part of our charity work.

Caroline graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She is passionate about protecting the right to an education for girls/women. In joining this charity, she is learning about the role of Director in a non-profit organization.

In her professional career, Caroline has worked for the three largest benefit carriers in Canada. Most recently, she was Director of Pharmaceutical Operations at Sunlife. Caroline enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.