Nolan Watson – President & Director
Nolan is the Founder and President of Nations Cry, a charity that uses every cent of every donation towards the causes it supports. Nolan travels to Sierra Leone annually and provides strategic vision and direction to Nations Cry. On top of his charitable work, Nolan is the President and CEO of two finance companies in the mining sector, Sandstorm Resources and Sandstorm Metals & Energy. Nolan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with honors) from the University of British Columbia and is also a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Jeff Amadatsu – Vice President of Technology & Director
In 2009 Jeff was asked by his lifelong friend Nolan to accompany him on a trip to Sierra Leone. Jeff was excited to see how he could use his 10 years of experience in Information Technology to assist Nations Cry with its education projects. Upon returning from the trip, Jeff was passionate about the work being done and became a member of the Nations Cry Board. As a board member, Jeff provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Nations Cry in IT strategy & planning, site operations, and project coordination. Jeff is excited about the challenge to implement long lasting change in Sierra Leone, and looks forward to returning to see the impact firsthand.
Dana Watson – Vice President of Education
For as long as she can remember, Dana has had a passion for working with children. This passion led her to complete a Bachelor of Education from Trinity Western University and go on to teach elementary school for six years before taking leave to raise her two daughters. Dana is responsible for all aspects of educational development with Nations Cry which includes curriculum development, teacher training and resource supply. Dana has always known that she would be a part of educational development overseas and she looks forward to the day when she can travel to Sierra Leone to visit a Nations Cry classroom.
Denver Harris – Vice President of Operations
Denver came to Nations Cry in 2010 having previously volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations. On his first trip to Sierra Leone, Denver was struck by the far reaching impact of the decade long civil war that lasted until 2001 but also by the sense of optimism for the future by the Sierra Leonean people. Denver has always been passionate about helping others and he is excited to be contributing to international development that will have long lasting impact.
Scott McTaggart – Director
Scott is a Pastor at Southgate Church in Langley, BC where he has been a vital part of its leadership since 1996. During this time, Scott pioneered a community focused youth ministry which has provided spiritual and practical vision and support to hundreds of young people in the local community. As a director of Nations Cry, Scott offers valuable insight through his experience working with young people both locally and abroad. Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (concentration in Biblical Studies) from Trinity Western University in 2004 and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Christian Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, the city where he will be establishing a church in the near future.
Elise Marier – Advisor
Elise comes to Nations Cry with a wealth of international development knowledge and experience. She is a graduate of Trinity Western University’s International Studies program and has worked on community development projects both locally, with new immigrant and refugee groups, and globally, on community assessment and asset mapping initiatives in East Africa. Her experience has included time in Kibera, Kenya where she worked with women in an HIV/AIDS support group and established a micro-enterprise to address the socio-economic needs of the group members. Elise is currently an active member of her community in the greater Vancouver area, where she works with the homeless population and at-risk children and youth. Elise plans on using her education and experience to further the rights of children and youth in communities around the world through engagement in child friendly development.