A member of Knox Spadina, Toronto.

 
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A MEMBER OF KNOX SPADINA, TORONTO, received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in November for his dedication to giving children in developing countries access to education.

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Tom Affleck has grown SchoolBOX, his grassroots NGO, from a struggling start-up to an organization that has built more than 80 classrooms in Nicaragua, serving thousands of students.

At just 38 years old, Affleck now pours his energy and Christian values into his new job as entrepreneurial leader at Knox. There he oversees the Missions Hub, an incubator for Christian charities, and a $10 million renewal of the downtown church's property to ensure it remains a long-term force for good in its community. Affleck's wife, Sarah Kerr now looks after SchoolBOX as its executive director.

"This is a very humbling honour," said Affleck. "We started SchoolBOX with a dream and little else. We've now built 82 classrooms, employ...

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