Leadership
Peter Ash
Founder & CEO

Peter Ash is a passionate Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur who also has albinism. As a result of his disability, Christian faith, and business background, Peter is motivated to do whatever he can to provide resources and assistance to people with albinism who have become victims of discrimination in Tanzania, throughout Africa and worldwide.

Awards:

  • 2014 Companionate of Merit
  • 2014 President's Call to Service
  • 2012 New England College of Optometry Presidential Medal
  • 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2011 British Columbia Community Achievement Award
  • 2011 V-Award by Southern California College of Optometry
Our Executive Director in Tanzania

Mrs. Berthasia L. Patrick began her work with UTSS on September 1, 2015, as the Director of Internal Audit. She quickly established herself as a significant contributor to the ongoing work of our Tanzanian office and in October of 2018 she was appointed as the Executive Director there.

Paul Ash Director of Administration
Don Sawatzky Director of Operations

UTSS Latest News

January 03rd, 2019
Man with Albinism Brutally Murdered in Malawi on New Years Eve
January 03rd, 2019
PWA's in Malawi Begin 2019 With Fear of Renewed Attacks
November 16th, 2018
People With Albinism Struggle to Access Crucial Treatment and Support in Iran
A recent speech by a UN official calling on countries with hot climates to implement measures that would enable people with albinism to access skin cancer treatments has highlighted the lack of such a policy and accessible support for people living with albinism in Iran.
May 04th, 2018
The Times
The president of Malawi has called for a debate on introducing the death penalty for “albino hunters” after the most recent case of a victim being killed for his body parts.
February 20th, 2018
Ikponwosa Ero named one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017.
Ikponwosa Ero, UTSS staff member and UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism, has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017.
February 20th, 2018
Tanzanian children with albinism receive prosthetic limbs and a new lease on life.
ABC News reports on the journey of four children with albinism from Tanzania who recently travelled to the US to receive life changing prosthetic limbs.
November 28th, 2017
Zuwena's Children Face Unspeakable Danger
Learn how Understanding Albinism Seminars helped Zuwena's family.
November 16th, 2017
The Perils of Pale
Read National Geographic Magazine's in-depth coverage on the issues facing people with albinism in Tanzania.
October 30th, 2017
How your giving helps
Find out some of the ways your gifts make a difference.
October 26th, 2017
A quick update from UTSS
Read about three important events that we think will interest you.