Deborah Mensah

Prior to taking on the leadership role of Save the Mothers, Deborah worked for more than a decade in the development and management of public health projects in Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. She is experienced in advocacy, building and maintaining strategic partnerships, program management and organisational change. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Jean Chamberlain Froese

Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese


Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, M.D., is an internationally respected leader in the field of maternal health, and has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her commitment to saving the lives of women and babies in the developing world. An obstetrician and director of the International Women’s Health Program at McMaster University, she has dedicated her life to making pregnancy and childbirth safer in the developing world.

Prior to establishing Save the Mothers, Dr. Chamberlain Froese worked as an obstetrician in Yemen, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Pakistan where she was confronted with the tragic scourge of mothers dying from preventable causes. While working in Uganda she decided to tackle the problem of maternal mortality head on, but recognized that the complexities surrounding the issue demanded social and cultural change. Together with her Ugandan colleagues she founded Save the Mothers, an international non-profit organization that educates local leaders to become influencers for change for safe motherhood. In 2009, she was awarded the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award, a prestigious national award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for her work in improving maternal health around the world. In 2012 the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada awarded her the Prix d’Excellence for going “beyond the call of duty.”

Dr. Chamberlain Froese is married to journalist Thomas Froese, author of Ninety-Nine Windows: Reflections of a Reporter from Arabia to Africa and other Roads Less Travelled. They have three children: Elizabeth, Jonathan and Hannah (a Ugandan girl they adopted in 2009). From 2005 – 2017, the family lived in Uganda for eight months a year and in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, annually from May to August. In the spring of 2017, they returned to Canada to establish a permanent home.

Rebecca Collett


Rebecca is a values-driven health and social development communications specialist. She has almost a decade of experience working to improve the health and well-being of both Canadians and people around the world through strategic communications and fundraising. Rebecca’s work is motivated by the truth that we are universally entitled to health, justice, and dignity.

When she is not supporting the work of Save the Mothers, Rebecca is works with a research team at the University of British Columbia, sings with the Vancouver Opera, sits on the board of an immersive musical experience collective, Players and Singers, and parents two adorable dogs, Boy George and Matzie.


Mothers are dying. Needlessly. It’s a story in need of more international attention. It’s led me to places I would have never dreamed, and it’s led me to try to make a difference. I’ve found God has given strength I didn’t know I had, and opened roads I didn’t know existed.” — Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese

Jacob Buurma


From graduate studies on Mother Teresa to documenting the impact of microfinance in South America, Jacob has a life-long passion for global issues and social justice. He believes both non-profit and for-profit organizations have a role to play in improving life for those in the margins of our world. He holds an undergraduate degree at William and Mary in Virginia, a Master’s degree in theology from Regent College and studied web and graphic design at George Brown College. Jacob is the founder of Vibrant Content, based in Victoria, BC.