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José Eduardo López
Memorial Scholarship Committee
PO Box 37028, RPO Cannon Street East,
Hamilton Ontario L8L 0A8
(289) 682-4668   or      
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About Us

Statements Of Activities And Programs:
a)    Provide scholarship(s) Latin American youth between the ages of aged 17- 24 with an academic average of 80% who have already been accepted in a post-secondary institution;
b)    Encourage Latin American community members and businesses sponsor post-secondary students in need of financial support continue their education;
c)    Raise money through grants, subscriptions, and donations from private, corporate and other Canadian authorities, organizations, including churches, and by receiving gifts and bequests from private and corporate donors for carrying out the said objects;
d)    Raise awareness, locally and nationally of the plight of Latin American post-secondary students in Canada;
e)    Publish and distribute literature, newsletter and other forms of communication for carrying out the said objects;

JELMS Scholarship Committee

Nora Melara-LopezNora Melara-Lopez - President

Nora was born in Honduras and fled to Canada with her three young children in 1985 after her husband Jose Eduardo Lopez, a human rights activist and free-lance journalist was abducted and “disappeared” by the security forces of the government of Honduras. Within two weeks of her arrival in Canada Nora became involved with the work of Amnesty International as a public speaker, increasing awareness about human rights abuses and impunity in Honduras. Nora holds three college diplomas and a degree as a social worker from Ryerson University. Since 1987 she has been the coordinator of the Ecumenical Support Committee for Refugees, a group that supports newcomers to Canada. For more than 25 years she has worked at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre.  For her activism in social justice and human rights, Nora has received several awards.  In 2009, after receiving the Latin of the Year award, Nora decided to use her profile in the community to start a scholarship for Latin youth pursuing a post-secondary education, while honoring the memory of her husband Jose Eduardo. Since his remains were never returned to the family, the Jose Eduardo Lopez Memorial scholarship memorial is one of the symbols that acknowledge and celebrate his life and his legacy to humanity.

Oliver LopezOlivier Lopez –  Director 
Olivier was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He came to Canada in 1985 with his two siblings and his mother after his father was abducted, tortured and murdered. He was Jose Eduardo Lopez’s youngest son. Olivier was inspired and honoured to join the JELMS Board of Directors in 2010. He believes education builds a foundation that strengthens a community’s social capital which allows them to flourish. Over the years Olivier has been involved in the Hamilton community by mentoring at risk youth and assisting with community events. Olivier holds an Ontario College Diploma in Police Foundations, a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours in Human Rights) and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. He currently works for Hamilton Health Sciences as a Security Professional at McMaster Children’s Hospital. In his spare time he enjoys art, music, nature, sports and spending time with family.

Words to live by "Be the change you want to see in the world" -Mahatma Ghandhi

Osiris Lopez-Chevez
Osiris Lopez-Chevez  - Secretary / Acting Vice President

I joined the Jose Eduardo Lopez Memorial Scholarship Committee since it's inception in 2009. I feel it is important to help support Latino youth in our community fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. My father believed that Education was the way out of poverty. I want his legacy to live on through the work of the committee. Together we can make a difference!

Jessika Del Prete

Jessika Del Prete  - Acting Secretary  

I was born in the beautiful city of Valencia, Venezuela. In 2008, my family and I came to Canada in search of a better quality of life, and as I began to integrate in the Canadian community, I started to see the kindness that this country gives to newcomers, offering the opportunity to study, and allowing immigrants to develop and become professionals. Likewise, I have had the opportunity to be involved with many organizations and committees, in where I have had the pleasure to work alongside extraordinary people, who have taught me so much. Thanks to all my experiences and life journey, this has impels me to do more for my community. I am currently entering my 4th year in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law at McMaster University.

Ana Maria Triana
Ana Maria Triana
- Marketing Director
I was born in Bogota, Colombia and came to Canada in 2013. Currently, since then, my passion for the community has grown and I got involved in some organizations dedicated to help, and give back to the community. Recently, I had the opportunity to join the JELMS committee. It is a pleasure for me to support EDUCATION to Hispanic students who are looking for a better quality of life. As one day I started a new life again in this beautiful country, I want to give my best for those you are on the same boat I was when I came and share what I've learned through this experience. Currently, I am a Marketing student at Mohawk College and I hope to use all my knowledge to continue helping the community from the marketing side. I was very fortunate to be a recipient of a scholarship from JELMS in 2015.

Spencer ChartersSpencer Charters - Director     

Spencer Charters, the most recent addition to the JELMS committee, was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. His step mother, Edna, is Guatemalan and introduced Spencer at a young age to Latin American customs, language and food. It was through Edna that Spencer met Nora and the rest of the Lopez-Varela family, with whom he has been close for many years. Spencer has previously worked with underprivileged and at-risk youth and is honoured to be a part of the Jose Eduardo Lopez Memorial Scholarship committee. Currently he works in Toronto as the Director of Business Development for Shaw Media, a leading Canadian television company. In his spare time, he enjoys nature, art, music, and is currently studying to become fluent in Spanish.

Past Board Members:
  • Thayra Marting Becerra
  • Cesar Rodriguez
  • Natalia Bravo Cifuentes 
  • Sofia Roldan Galdamez
  • Maria Rosa Tunon
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