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Emma Lambert is the President of the Theresa Foundation and the grand-daughter of its founder Thérèse Bourque-Lambert. She is an attorney with Irving Mitchell Kalichman LLP (IMK), a litigation boutique located in Montreal, Québec, concentrating exclusively on civil, commercial and constitutional litigation and administrative law.

Roger started his career working with Oxfam-Canada, and went on to a 25 year career with CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) working in: intercultural effectiveness training, democratic governance programming, and emergency humanitarian assistance. He had postings to Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Haiti.

Roger served at the Canadian High Commission in Malawi as First Secretary (Development), then as Head of Aid and Chargé d'Affaires for Malawi. It was during his posting to Malawi that Thérèse Bourque asked Roger to identity a village that had a high number of grannies raising their orphaned grandchildren. The result was Mnjale and surrounding villages and the Theresa Foundation was born.

Roger retired in 2013 and currently works as a consultant in international development program management. He is proud to have an ongoing connection with the Theresa Foundation, on its Board of Directors.

Ann Lambert is vice-president of the Theresa Foundation, and is Therese’s daughter. She has been a playwright and an educator for close to 35 years, and travelled to Malawi in the summer of 2015.

Brian Lambert is the Treasurer of the Theresa Foundation and the son of its founder Thérèse Bourque-Lambert. He is a Past President of several nonprofits and industry associations.

Alice Abracen is Therese's granddaughter and the secretary of the Theresa Foundation. She is a student in the Playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and travelled to Malawi in the summers of 2010 and 2015.

Isaac Abracen is Therese’s grandson and a student in Education at McGill University. He travelled to Malawi in the summer of 2015.

Ben Lambert is the technical officer of the foundation and is Therese's grandson. He is in charge of overseeing the farming program for the foundation, and the website.



The Theresa Foundation would not be able to do its work without the help and dedication of two remarkable women. Melissa Banda is a young woman with family ties to Mnjale village. She works tirelessly to support the grandmothers and run the Foundation on the ground in Malawi. Melissa continues to grow the Theresa Foundation, so as to be able to provide aid for as many people as possible. Gisèle Leduc is a Missionary Sister of the Immaculate Conception working in Lilongwe, Malawi. She has generously donated her time and knowledge to the Foundation, and acts as the link between the Theresa Foundation in Canada, and with Melissa in Malawi. We owe a great deal to these two women and continue to work with them to make the future brighter for the grandmothers and orphans of Mnjale.


Melissa Banda (left) and Gisèle Leduc (right)

To explain a little bit more about the village of Mnjale, Malawi, and his involvement with the Theresa Foundation, Roger Roome has put together a short slide show which can be viewed by clicking here: Roger Roome and Mnjale.pdf

Fondation Thérèse Bourque Lambert 2011
site created by Ben Lambert