The GASCDO Board of Directors is pleased to Announce Judy Grandison as its NEW President/CEO!
On behalf of the board of directors of GASCDO, it is my greatest pleasure to announce the appointment of Ms. Judy Grandison as President/CEO effective immediately.
She is the parent of a child living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the President of Camp Jumoke (CJ). CJ is Canada’s first medically supervised, overnight camp for children living with SCD established in 1994 in Ontario, Canada. To date, Camp Jumoke provided the opportunity for over 700 children living with SCD to attend summer camp. Through this outdoor experience, children living with SCD develop an appreciation for their own capabilities as well as learn vital social and outdoor skills. The camp also provides educational support by way of an annual scholarship towards post-secondary educational costs. Since the inception of this award, Camp Jumoke has presented 19 scholarships to some of tomorrow’s leaders.
Judy’s decision to join the board of Camp Jumoke came shortly after her son was diagnosed with SCD in 2007 (a diagnosis that came through the fact that SCD was recently added to newborn screening tests performed in Ontario). She has been an active supporter of the SCD community for over 25 years. As a member of the Camp Jumoke family, she has held various leadership positions inclusive of Event Director, Vice-President, and now, current President.
With over 25 years of management and leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, Judy has developed skills which have allowed her to manage conflicting priorities and work towards equitable outcomes with stakeholders of all levels. She has led and participated in countless community-based projects and events.
She holds a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education and a diploma in Accounting and Business Administration and is currently studying Massage Therapy.
Judy has welcomed her nomination with humility and a great sense of responsibility.
To the Sickle Cell Community around the world, please join me in congratulating and warmly welcoming President/CEO Judy Grandison.
M. ISSA ALI