Meet the Team

Christina de Jong

Co-founder & President
Toronto, ON

Christina co-founded Basis India Foundation in Canada in 2014 and has served as the President of the Board since.

 

Working in collaboration with basisindia e.V. in Germany and with partner organizations, Christina brings more than twenty-five years of learning, organizational, marketing and communications experience to the Foundation.

 

Through her work as Communications Director for Global Learning Partners in Toronto, Christina discovered the value of Dialogue Education, the method of learning that works best for adults - and children too.

 

During her decade-long tenure managing Digital Strategy and Engagement and storytelling for World Renew, an international humanitarian organization, Christina travelled to Africa, Asia, and Latin America to capture the transformative changes that community development and international disaster response initiatives can bring about. She learned about the importance of asset-based community development and the power of working through local partners.

 

Her ultimate learning is that when children, adults, and communities have the tools and the learning to create a different kind of present, so too a future will emerge in which it is possible to not just survive, but thrive.

 

To see children - particularly teens, on the verge of adulthood - flourishing where once they could hardly find their way: this is Christina's dream. 


Toronto, ON

Sasquia Antúnez-Pineda

Sasquia is convinced that it is in the hands of children that hope comes alive in a community, and that the strength of every nation lies in the energy of its youth and the wisdom of its elders.

 

Born in Honduras, Sasquia developed a strong interest in non-profits during her

early university years. Inspired by a volunteer experience led by the Red Cross’s relief

response in Honduras to Hurricane Mitch in 1998, Sasquia became profoundly

motivated to help others in need. More recently, she witnessed acute suffering in her

country and discovered a call for charity work through her concern for youth violence in

Central America. Her interest in international development continued to grow when she

co-led a school community service trip in 2014 to Costa Rica, where she was moved by

children forced to care for younger siblings and thus unable to attend school. The desire

to make a positive impact led her to pursue a graduate Master of Theological Studies

and International Development degree at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto in

Canada.
 

She is currently a co-operator for non-profit organizations in Toronto such as

Kintore College and Development and Peace Caritas Canada. She contributes as a

student-writer at Wycliffe College’s alumni magazine and online publications. She also

recently received the St. George’s Society of Toronto Scholarship Award.

 

With prior degrees in Psychology from The National University of Honduras and

a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, Sasquia worked as a

Certified High School teacher for seven years in Vancouver and Toronto.

Sangita Iyer


Mississauga, ON

Sangita brings a diverse set of skills as a leadership training consultant, a certified Feng Shui expert, and an independent documentary filmmaker.

 

She has several years of experience in instructional design and soft skills training in the corporate world.  

 

With a master’s in Psychology, extensive research skills and a philanthropic passion, she is actively advising Basis' education methodologies.

Teresa Gomes

Ottawa, ON

Teresa Gomes is a recent Ted Talk speaker, activist, and graduate of the University of Toronto, where she majored in Public Policy and International Development.

 

She is the co-founder of an education development project called Education & Equity for Women in Nilphamari Bangladesh, the Toronto Coordinator of a project called Blank Noise, and  a youth leader at Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Service.

 

Teresa travels to conferences around the world, works on many research topics related to international development, and is pursuing opportunities that will allow her to mobilize her passion for human rights, anti-gender based violence, justice, and international affairs.