Board of Directors
Co-Founder & Vice-Chair
In November of 2006, Luke Yorkden-Chamberlain travelled to Nepal. The experience impacted him deeply and set the course for the formation of the Nepali Children’s Education Project (NCEP).
Along with his close friend Sandeep Kembhavi, Luke spent over a month in Nepal. In living and teaching at the Srijanatmak Kala Guthi School in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, exploring the winding city streets, hiking across the rural midlands, and interacting with local residents, Luke saw time and again the barriers to education facing countless children and families. Teaming with Sandeep and Raju Tuladhar – a teacher at the Kala Guthi – Luke co-founded the Nepali Children’s Education Project (NCEP) as a way to provide underprivileged Nepali children with the financial means to access and complete secondary education.
As a student, Luke has first-hand knowledge of how important and influential scholarships can be. In 2002 he received a four-year, full-tuition academic scholarship to study at Trent University. Valuing this support highly, Luke quickly became an active member of the student body, being elected onto four different governing bodies, in addition to rowing competitively. In recognition for his achievements, he was awarded the Academic All-Canadian Award. Later transferring to the University of Toronto, Luke continued to remain highly involved, joining the Varsity Cross-Country Running team and, as Assistant Captain, leading his college hockey team to repeat championships. A Dean’s List student every year, Luke completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction and is currently pursuing teacher’s college, hoping to make a career out of education.
Prior to his involvement with NCEP, Luke had substantial experience working with children and in child education. For four years, he counselled at various day and summer camps, working with special-needs, at-risk, and impoverished children ranging from 5-16 years of age. Luke was also involved in a 6-month cooperative placement, where he taught physical education to children at King Edward Public School. As an employee of the City of Toronto, he was an instructor for several learn-to-skate programs for children and at-risk youth in a Leadership Development program. Luke also taught English at the Srijanatmak Kala Guthi School in Lalitpur, Kathmandu. In addition, since 2005, Luke has spent his summers battling wildfires as an Ontario Fire Ranger with the Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). As a seasoned Crewboss, Luke continues to demonstrate his passion for education, happily mentoring and training new crew members.
As Vice-Chair of NCEP’s Canadian Board of Directors, Luke delivers leadership, experience, networking abilities, and long-term vision to further a cause that is very dear to him.