Email Address

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(416) 441-1111

Meet the PWS&D Governance Team

PWS&D is led by a committee of dedicated ministers and lay leaders from across Canada and around the world. Our leadership is committed to alleviating poverty and creating a more sustainable, compassionate and just world.

To book a committee member to speak at your church or event, please contact
Stephanie Chunoo at or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 293. 

John Bannerman

Co-Convener, OntarioJohn joined the PWS&D Committee in 2018 and now serves as co-convener of the committee with the Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee. One highlight of his time on the committee was his participation in a PWS&D partner visit to Malawi in the winter of 2020. John is a retired Minister within The Presbyterian Church in Canada and now lives with his wife Laurie in Exeter, Ontario. He enjoys music, sports, family life and exploring God’s creation.

Theresa McDonald-Lee

Co-Convener, Ontario Theresa joined the PWS&D committee in 2019. She is the Co-Executive Director at Camp Kintail near Goderich, Ontario. She is passionate about creating an equitable and compassionate world, beginning with children. Theresa loves the story of the welcome table that God sets for all. She is looking forward to championing the good work of PWS&D.

Okelo Aballa

Committee, Alberta Okelo is a certified candidate for ordination and a VST student. He has been a leader for Anyuak Worshipping Community for the last 15 years (the worshipping community became part of Centennial Presbyterian church in 2016), and he is an elder in Centennial. In addition, he works as a CNC Programming Engineer.

Victoria Chandler

Committee, Nova ScotiaVictoria joined the PWS&D Committee in 2021. She works as an Occupational Therapist in Halifax and brings with her a focus on skills development and enablement. Victoria participated in the Presbyterian Church’s Healing and Reconciliation tour in 2019, as she is passionate about justice and advocacy. Victoria looks forward to bringing her skills and passion to the committee.

Shahrzad Kandalaft

Committee, Ontario Shahrzad joined the PWS&D Committee in 2021. She graduated from The Presbyterian College in Montreal in May 2014 and was ordained into the ministry in May 2017. In November 2021, Shahrzad began her new ministry as a Family Pastor at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Ontario. She is passionate about social justice, equality and diversity. She looks forward to serving God through her participation in PWS&D’s ministry.

Thomas Kim

Committee, British Columbia Thomas Kim is the minister at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford BC. He received his BA in Intercultural Religious Studies from Trinity Western University, his M. Div. from Regent College, and completed further studies at Vancouver School of Theology. Thomas sees his primary calling to equip others for ministry using his gifts in leadership. He enjoys hosting friends and family, playing sports, gardening, painting, traveling various parts of the world with his backpack and eating together.
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Brett Meyer

Committee, QuebecBrett is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and joined McGill in 2011. His research lab is focused on computer engineering and machine learning; Brett is also involved with leading the Faculty of Engineering’s efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Brett is a member and contemporary worship leader at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Beaconsfield, Quebec.
Josh Sankarla

Josh Sankarlal

Committee, OntarioJosh joined the PWS&D Committee in 2024. He graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2021 and served two years as President at the Ontario Tech Student Union, where he advanced social justice and equity causes in the post-secondary sector. He currently works as a consultant to a variety of student associations across Canada. Josh has strong ties to the Presbyterian Camping ministry and has worked a number of years at Camp Cairn. He is passionate about public policy and urban planning, government affairs and social justice. He is excited to use his skills and engage with his passion through PWS&D. 

Donna Wilkinson

Committee, Saskatchewan After serving 25 years ago, Donna returned to join PWS&D’s committee in 2018. With PWS&D, Donna has travelled to Malawi, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Pakistan, India and most recently, Haiti. She manages a group home for three men with autism, teaches at the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan and donates her time at Camp Christopher. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Regina.

Mphatso Nguluwe-Chikhwaza

Global Partner -Synod of Livingstonia Health Department (Malawi)

Staff Member

Global Partner 

Rob Griffiths

Atlantic Mission Society

Debbie Kallender

Women’s Missionary Society