“It is my belief that it is the courageous of heart who choose to do what is uncommon in thought and action who will spark the creation of a global community that lives in harmony with compassion and understanding, birthing the cradle that will sustain all life into the future.”
– Warren T. Te Brugge –
When Warren Te Brugge left South Africa, he knew he would come home one day to fulfill a
childhood dream. He just didn’t know that it would be a 30-year journey that would include 39
countries and business success in varied roles and industries. The experiences and connections gained during that journey have all brought Warren to where he is now, leading a vibrant and innovative community development foundation in South Africa.
Warren established My Arms Wide Open Foundation in 2009 with the purpose of working with children in South Africa to enable them to break the chains of their parents’ past prejudice, preserve their culture and contribute to their communities as confident, caring individuals. This is the fruition of a vision that Warren first articulated as a child. His father Edward says Warren was nine years old when he announced that he was going to become a successful businessman so he could help fix South African families. He proceeded to do exactly that.
As a teenager, Warren began working with his father’s company, Comprifix (Pty) Ltd. After
completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of South Africa (by correspondence, so he could keep working in the family business), Warren helped withinternational expansion, setting up manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States
After emigrating to Canada in 1981, he went on to specialize in Finance and Administration,taking a lead role in tech companies such as Compugen, Nextra and Liazon Communications. Warren took his finance and leadership skills to the complementary health products industry, serving as Managing Director for USANA Canada Inc., where he achieved substantial revenue growth. He co-founded the Complementary Health Products Alliance and prepared a regulatory framework that provided an alternate approach for regulating complementary health products.
Kyle has no intention of following in his father’s footsteps…he would rather be working beside him.
Just like his father Warren, Kyle has been working alongside his father from a young age
Kyle is at the start of his career. In addition to his work with My Arms Wide Open, he
is studying at York University in Toronto, Canada with a focus in philosophy. Kyle is a creative and innovative thinker who brings a clear and grounded perspective to the My Arms Wide Open team.
Kyle’s career to date includes working with long term care, retail, financial and communications-based organizations. His ability to communicate effectively and engage individuals is an important element in the success of My Arms Wide Open.