Founding Board Members

Sofia Figueroa-Leon - Chairperson

Born in Venezuela, Sofia has a BA in Business Administration and has studied languages in England and Venezuela. She is the former Public Relations Manager for an International airline, Co-Owner of an Advertising Agency as well as a Certified Translator and Interpreter.

She also holds former Vice President title of the Hispanic Women of Trinidad and Tobago (HWTT), Hope of a Miracle (HOAM), an NGO that provides children with life saving surgeries.

Being the mother of a child with severe cerebral palsy, she is well aware of the lack of services for children with disabilities in the Caribbean, and through her philanthropic work has taken up the challenge to help those families.

Dr. Natalie Dick

Dr. Natalie Dick - Specialist Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrician

Dr. Natalie Dick has a passion to see Persons with Disabilities attain their highest God-given abilities. At the local level, she is a Specialist Developmental Behavioural Paediatrician and General Paediatrician.  Internationally, she serves as the founding Vice-President of the Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean; is a member of the Subcommittee on Children & Youth with Special Needs, of the American Academy of Paediatrics, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. She uses her training and expertise to serve and advocate in schools, hospitals and community settings for children with various types of disabilities.

Dr Natalie Dick provides voluntary service to non-profit organizations such as the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, of which she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, and as a founding board member of Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization.  As well, she also provides health care and educational lectures via faith-based community medical outreaches, nationally and internationally.

Board Members

Elizabeth Aleong - Vice Chairperson

Having first- hand experience with a child with special needs, Liz brings a parents’ perspective to our Organization.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the last 4 years and has provided expertise in management and business protocols.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, a former Marketing Director and currently self-employed in Project and Property Management operations.  Her experience coupled with her passion to “make the world a better  place for people with special needs” is a major contributing factor to the success of CKFTO.  As well, offering her time, energy and expertise to Caribbean Networks Arts & Education Foundation (CANOAE), further demonstrates her desire to advocate for the children of Trinidad and Tobago.

Nicolas Hunte

Nicolas Hunte - Secretary

Nicolas Hunte (C.A., F.C.C.A.) is a Chartered Accountant by qualification whose career comprises professional and managerial positions in the Energy, Media, Accounting, Auditing sectors over a period 25 + years.
He has a daughter on the Autism Spectrum and over the years has developed a passion to help improve services available to parents and to help promote the causes of the Special Needs Community.

Derek Luk Pat

Derek Luk Pat - Treasurer

Derek Luk Pat is a parent of a child with Autism and is an advocate for Disability Awareness programs throughout the Caribbean. With his current posting in St. Lucia, he hopes to fuse a CKFTO Caribbean vision which builds upon the existing foundation in Trinidad & Tobago. Derek has 20 years management experience across several industries throughout the Caribbean, specializing in SME Startups and Turnarounds.

He attended Presentation College, San Fernando, UWI, St. Augustine and attained an MBA via Heriot Watt University Distance Learning Program. He is a marathoner, triathlete and an avid supporter of Caribbean integration.

Mark Alves

Mark Alves - Director

A mechanical engineer by profession, Mark manages a number of private companies in the industrial and energy sector. As a sibling of a sister with disabilities he offers a unique perspective as to how disabilities affect all members of the family as well as the community. His philanthropy, dedication and caring for all people in need is limitless. This insight and experience lends him expertise at a “wholistic” level to maintain CKFTO’s mandate for an inclusive Organization.  Mark’s deep interest in helping children and their families to be their best has made him an asset to the Board of Directors for the past 3 years.

Ida Eversley

Kim Amar - Director

Studied Nursing at the University of Toronto and currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a Professor in the Critical Care Program at Centennial College in Toronto and teaches Post Anaesthetic Care Nursing to Registered Nurses looking to obtain employment in the Recovery Room of hospitals. Formerly, she worked in Health Administration with a Toronto based paediatric therapy clinic (blueballoon) and was instrumental in initiating international therapy sessions around the world with the organizations' therapists.

Currently she is enhancing her Health Administration background with focus on courses in Community Development. Her goal is to enter the Nurse Practitioner program and to work with women and children. Kim believes that children are all so special and that the possibilities are endless with respect to what they can achieve. A positive attitude and a "let's see what they can do" approach has governed the way she works with all patients and people in her life.