A Legacy of Joy and Vision

Leadership on a non-profit Board is not just about making decisions or chairing meetings; it is about leaving a lasting impact on an organisation, its members and those we serve. Karen Clune, our Board Chairperson, has done just that. Her tenure has been marked by joy, vision, and a deep commitment to the betterment of the communities we serve. We are so honoured and grateful to have worked with her. As Karen steps down as chair of the Board, we reflect on her incredible journey and the legacy she leaves behind at Learn to Play. 

Karen’s leadership of the Learn to Play Board has been visionary in her collaborative, community-focused approach. Through her unwavering dedication, Learn to Play has flourished, from serving a handful of children to impacting the lives of thousands and making a tangible difference in their lives.

The best way I have to describe her is: Always There

One of Karen’s most remarkable qualities is her joyful presence at every event and milestone. Whether it was a graduation ceremony, the launch of a new centre, or a fundraising event, Karen could always be found cheering on our Mamapreneurs, offering words of encouragement, and celebrating Learn to Play’s achievements. While Karen may be stepping down as board chair, her legacy will continue to inspire and guide us. She remains an invaluable member of Learn to Play, ensuring a smooth transition for her successor. She will continue to serve on the board, providing strategic insights and guidance. 

As we bid farewell to Karen, we warmly welcome Taazima Kala-Essack as the new board chair. Taazima brings a wealth of experience (including four years as our Board Secretary) and a fresh perspective to the role. We are confident that under her leadership, our organisation will continue to thrive and make a positive impact in the lives of children across Africa. 

Taazima Kala-Essack is an experienced communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. She is skilled in team building, writing, leadership, consulting, and marketing. She holds and Executive Master’s Degree from Quantic School of Business and Technology, a Master’s Degree focused on Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission from King’s College London. Taazima has deligently served on the Learn to Play Board as Board Secretary for four years and looks forward to her new role as Board Chair. 

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