Our People

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.

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Gina Jacklin

Director of Projects

Gina oversees our project involvement with our partner projects, and has a heart for helping others. 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.

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Nicole Sivyer

Director of Communications

Nicole is passionate about communications, marketing, and social media. Having worked with non-profit organizations for over 20 years, she is tasked with creatively telling the Hope Story message. She's an avid life-long learner, and recently completed her Masters degree (MA) in Leadership at Trinity Western University. 

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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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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

Board Chair

Executive Assistant, FCFP

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

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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