Our People

Meet the Team

barbara main

Director of Partnerships

Barbara is a seasoned specialist in child/maternal health and nutrition, having worked for more than a decade with Canada's largest Christian charity, and having lived and worked in Africa and Asia, including nine years in Cambodia. Barbara is committed to building the capacity of our church partners to serve children and maintaining excellence in the areas of sustainable program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Barbara is a registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health.

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Maggie Grift

Office Administrator/Sponsorship Coordinator

Maggie has volunteered for a variety of organizations in her local community while being a full time mom for the last 13 years. She enjoys being creative and artsy while also thriving in administrative or organizational roles. There is nothing that can not be accomplished as a family and she along with her husband Mark and two boys definitely put this to the test on a regular basis while travelling or doing home renovations.

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Luke Cechetto

Director of Church & Donor Relations 

Luke strives to connect people in need of love and support with those that have a passion to give. He has extensive international experience and a background in project management, and transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2013. Luke and his wife, Clarisse, are passionate about reaching the most vulnerable in the world with God’s love.


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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.

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katherine martin

Events Coordinator

Katherine envisions and executes Hope Story’s events and volunteer trips on a part-time basis. Previously a teacher, Katherine was drawn to Hope Story’s commitment to the education of vulnerable children. In her role, she enjoys organizing many moving parts, and bringing people together in collaboration towards a capstone experience. In her free time, Katherine enjoys spending time with her family and long-distance running.

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christian ferraro

Director of Strategy and Communications

Christian provides leadership on strategic initiatives, informing our operations with well-researched models and best practices. Christian is driven to empower the children and families we serve, and to help our generous donors understand the difference they are making in kids' lives. Christian has an MBA with a specialization in Social Sector Management from the Schulich School of Business and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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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.

Ken Christy

Vice Board Chair

Retired, Career in Management – High Tech & Financial

Karen Bird

Past Chair

Executive Assistant, FCFP

Sebastian Mencia

Board Member

Telus Account Manager

Claire Carver-Dias

Board Chair

Executive Coach & Olympic Medalist

Dan Poenaru

Board Member

Pediatric Surgeon & Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award Recipient

Kate Leyenaar

Board Member

Public Policy/Stakeholder Relations

Pumi Moyo

Board Member

Global Product Operations Sourcing Manager 

Silas Haddad

Board Member

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