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!
Rob joined PWS&D’s committee in 2015. He is an elder at St. Andrew’s Ottawa. He is the former general counsel of the International Development Research Centre where he specialized in programs on women’s rights and intellectual property. He is the former president of Amnesty International Canada and former board chair of the HealthBridge Foundation of Canada.
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.
Executive Committee, Quebec
Ian joined PWS&D’s committee in 2014. He is the former minister of St. Columba by-the-Lake in Pointe-Claire, QC, and is currently Interim Associate Minister at St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal. Ian has traveled to Malawi and Kenya on PCC mission trips and more recently visited Haiti to explore PWS&D project opportunities. He is pleased to support this vital response to global inequities.
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.
Executive Committee, Prince Edward Island
Amanda joined PWS&D’s committee in 2016. She is the minister of St. James Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, PE. Amanda’s first mission trip was to Nicaragua through Youth In Mission in 1999. Since then, she has traveled to a number of countries through both school and mission work. She believes we are called to be the hands and heart of Christ in the world and is excited to be part of the PWS&D initiative.
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.
Committee, British Columbia
Andrea joined PWS&D’s committee in the fall of 2016. After practicing as a registered dietitian in Alberta and British Columbia, where she focused on community health and program development, Andrea completed her theological training to become a Presbyterian minister. Andrea is excited to be involved with PWS&D, which combines both of her professional passions.
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.
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.
Executive Committee, Alberta
Geoff joined PWS&D’s committee in 2015. Geoff is an engineer from Calgary and has been active for many years on social issues such homelessness, poverty reduction and international development. He is currently the chair of the KAIROS Calgary Working Group on homelessness and affordable housing. Geoff has travelled to Nicaragua and Malawi to represent PWS&D and learn about our work.
Jean Williams, Atlantic Mission Society Representative
Debbie Kallender, Women’s Missionary Society