Committee

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.

Meet the PWS&D governance team!

John Bannerman
Co-Convener, Ontario
John joined PWS&D’s committee in 2018. He is minister of Chalmers Presbyterian Church in London, ON. In 2017, John participated in the PCC’s Healing and Reconciliation Tour and remains active in stewardship and mission, currently serving as convener of the Presbytery of London’s mission team. John enjoys music, family life, sports 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 Scotia
Victoria joined the PWS&D Committee in 2021. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University and will be graduating in 2022. 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.

 

Laura Hargrove
Committee, Manitoba
Laura joined PWS&D’s committee in 2019. She is the teaching elder at First Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Manitoba and serves on the Presbytery Mission committee. She has a background in Home Economics and is interested in food sustainability and strengthening families. She spent a few months in Kenya working with the local church when she was a theological student. Laura enjoys music, food and dance from around the world as well as gardening and travel.

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.

Susan Viegas
Executive Committee, Ontario
Susan joined PWS&D’s committee in 2018. She is senior advisor at the City of Toronto’s Economic Development Division and has experience in government, academia and the private sector in technology-related and financial services and consumer packaged goods. Passionate about global politics and community development, Susan looks forward to contributing towards a compassionate and sustainable agenda.

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.

Debbie Kallender, Women’s Missionary Society

To book a committee member to speak at your church or event, please contact Stephanie Chunoo at schunoo [at] presbyterian [dot] ca or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 293. We will reply to your request as soon as possible.