Our Team

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Dr. Jean Chamberlain

Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, M.D., Founder of Save the Mothers

Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese 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.

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

Our Team in Canada

Dena Thomas


Dena is a former board member, who stepped down from her governance role with Save the Mothers to take up the management one on an interim basis. Dena has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Waterloo. A long time friend of Save the Mothers, she spent an academic year in Uganda providing administrative support when the program was first established at Uganda Christian University. She is a passionate advocate for Maternal and Child Health around the globe.

Dr. Rob Alder


Dr. Rob Alder is an epidemiologist and the Director of Canadian Epidemiology Services. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario as well as a Partner and External Scholar with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research. His main area of expertise is the evaluation of health programs, health systems and health legislation.

Patricia Paddey


Patricia Paddey has worked with Canada’s mainstream and niche media for thirty years. For more than 15 years, she has managed a thriving freelance business, creating print, broadcast and online communications for various media and non-profit organizations. With an undergraduate degree in Radio and Television Arts, Patricia is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies part-time at McMaster Divinity College.