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About Tearfund

Who We Are

Join a biblically driven non-profit community, focused on  facing the challenges of poverty and injustice through God’s love.

Our Vision

To see people freed from poverty, living transformed lives, and reaching their God-given potential.

Our Team

Wayne Johnson

Executive Director and CEO

Roberta Pronteau

National Director of Development

Don Miller

Church Relations Director

Steve Weir

Director of Advancement

Dean Taylor

Donor Relations Coordinator

Abby Bennett

Development Coordinator & Executive Assistant


Frewengel (Fre) Wolde-Michael

International Program Director

Norman Holbrook

Program Manager (South Asia)

Anja Oussoren

Program Manager (East Africa & South Asia)

Wondimu Kenea

Program Manager (East Africa)

Elaria Fahmi

Program Coordinator

Matthew Schroeder

Marketing & Communications Director

Gabriel Vitalicio

Graphic Designer & Digital Media Specialist

Our Board

Helen Reimer

Board Chair

Arden Gustafson


Nora Teo


Reinnie Brandt


Maher Nessim


Lyle Kozloff



Andrea Leung


Tearfund Family

When you partner with Tearfund Canada, you are joining a global family committed to ending physical and spiritual poverty. We are proud to be a part of the greater Tearfund Family, comprised of 10 members who collectively implement $250million worth of programs each year. Together, we partner with 350 church-based organizations in over 50 countries around the world.

Member countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Denominational Partners

Tearfund Canada is the official relief and development agency of many churches and denominations across Canada.

International partners

Helen Reimer

Helen is the Director of Business Development at Fairtrade Canada and holds the position of Chair on Tearfund Canada’s board. Before taking her current position at Fairtrade, she was the Founding Executive Director of Christians Against Poverty in Canada. 

Arden Gustafson

Arden is a Director on Tearfund Canada’s Board and serves as lead Pastor of Norquay Evangelical Covenant Church in Saskatchewan. Formerly, he was a Board Member of Paul Carlson Partnership as well as Covenant Bible College. Arden is a proud farmer, volunteer firefighter, husband and father. 

Nora Teo

Nora is a Director for Tearfund Canada. Nora is an active member and Board Chair of Trull’s Road Free Methodist Church. With a huge heart for the poor, Nora brings a strong financial and strategic mind that loves to think outside of the box. Along with her husband, she owns a Optometrist practice in Newscastle, Ontario. Together they have 4 children. 

Reinnie Brandt

Reinnie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a director of Tearfund Canada. He is currently a Partner at Blue River Group Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. Reinnie currently serves as Treasurer at enVision Community Living and was a former Treasurer at Abundance Canada.

Maher Nessim

Maher is a soon-to-be-retired professional engineer with 40 years of experience in consulting and research. Born and raised in Egypt, Maher moved to Canada in 1979. He has a BSc from Cairo University and a PhD from the University of Calgary. 

Maher has worked for the same not-for-profit company for the last 32 years, where he held senior management positions including President and CEO. He has been involved in pipeline standard development, published many research papers, and lectured widely on pipeline risk management. He is a member of the Canadian Standard Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. 

Maher is a member of Ellerslie Road Baptist Church where he served for many years as a Sunday school and ESL teacher. He is married with three married children and two grandchildren.

Lyle Kozloff

Lyle Kozloff serves as a Director on Tearfund Canada’s Board. He and his family live and volunteer as resident assistants at New Hope, a non-profit that provides housing and support services for refugee families as they transition into life in Canada in Surrey BC. He has also worked for several non-profit organizations in overseas locations including Benin, Japan, and Cambodia. Lyle enjoys technology and helping, which are assets in his day job managing a technical support team for a software company.

Andrea Leung

Andrea Leung serves as a Director on Tearfund Canada’s board. She is an Articling Student at Gowling WLG. Before law school, Andrea completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies at the University of Toronto. As part of her studies, she spent a year working in rural India with a community development organization focusing on women’s empowerment. After graduating she worked at Tearfund Canada in administration and fundraising for two years.

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