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Meet the Team

Tim Brown

Executive Director

Tim is committed to working with the Church to serve the poor and the oppressed, the widow and the orphan. His desire is to see lives forever transformed by the Good News of the Kingdom. His leadership of Hope Story is bolstered by his strong background in communications and international development.

Lindsay Sytsma

Communications Director

Lindsay comes from a background of fundraising and communications in both the international development and local social service spheres. She has a passion for communications and feels called to use her gifts in sharing the Gospel with others. Her husband and her are local church leaders in Guelph, ON and have a love of building community. 

Gina Jacklin

Office Administrator

Gina is responsible for the day to day administrative aspects of Hope Story and manages the sponsorship program. She is driven by Christ’s call to care for those in need. Outside of Hope Story, Gina is a visual artist, enjoys spending time with family, and is an avid reader.

Kevin Morris

Projects Director

Kevin connects with our international projects and works to strengthen Hope Story’s relationship with each field. A graduate of Sheraton College’s Business Administration program, Kevin came to Hope Story after 35 years in the financial sector. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, travelling, and coaching baseball and hockey.

Katherine Martin

Events Coordinator

Katherine coordinates Hope Story’s fundraising events. With a background in Christian education, she comes to Hope Story with a passion for providing children with the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. Katherine enjoys travel, long-distance running, and time with loved ones.

JON WARNER

Development Director

Jon comes with a keen insight into how Hope Story can best serve and partner with pastors, leaders, and the Church. Jon is also pastoring at Royal City Church, a church in the heart of Guelph, Ontario.

Gord Jackson

Mobilization Coordinator

Gord has been in ministry for over 30 years and has a passion for missions outreach. After graduating from London Baptist Bible College, Gord served as a Youth Pastor until he felt called to work as a missionary overseas. Answering this call, Gord and his family served in Poland for more than a decade. When he returned to Canada, Gord served as an Associate Pastor before joining the Hope Story team. He is married to Liz and they have three adult children. 

Board of Directors

We are led by an independent board of directors. Our board is made of experienced and knowledgeable members who are deeply committed to the work of Hope Story.

Warren Griffin

Board Chair

Partner at Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk & Irvine.

Ken Christy

Vice Board Chair

Retired, Career in Management – High Tech & Financial

Karen Bird

Secretary

Executive Assistant, FCFP

Danny Costa

Treasurer

Investment Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

John Bakker

Board Member

Founder & President of Bakker Technical Services Ltd.

Sebastian Mencia

Board Member

Telus Account Manager

Claire Carver-Dias

Board Member

Executive Coach & Olympic Medalist

Dan Poenaru

Board Member

Pediatric Surgeon & Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award Recipient

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