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About Tearfund

Who we are

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

Tearfund Vision

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


Philip Reilly

National Director of Development and Mobilization

Dean Taylor

Donor Relations Coordinator

Don Miller

Church Relations Director

Fre Program Director

Frewengel (Fre) Wolde-Michael

International Program Director

Marine Sukhudyan

Program Manager (Gov. Programs & West Africa)

Anja Oussoren

Program Manager (East Africa & South Asia)

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Matthew Schroeder

Marketing & Communications Director

Rebecca Cuthbert

Administration Manager


Jewel Jamieson

Development Coordinator


Aynsley Persad

Program Coordinator

Gabriel Vitalicio

Gabriel Vitalicio

Graphic Designer & Digital Media Specialist

Our Board

Reinnie Brandt


Joanne Beach



Maher Nessim


Lyle Kozloff


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 11 members who collectively implement $300 million 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

The solution to poverty is more than physical, it’s spiritual. Instead of handouts, you will be partnering with local churches to permanently lift families out of poverty. Will you join us?


Tearfund Canada

340 Ferrier Street
Suite 202
Markham, ON
L3R 2Z5
t: 1-800-567-8190
e: connect@tearfund.ca

Charity Number: 108222191 RR 0001

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 the Covenant Bible College. Arden is a proud farmer, volunteer firefighter, husband and father. 


Dale Barkman

Dale is the Secretary / Treasurer for Tearfund Canada. He holds the FCPA , FCA designation – the highest distinction bestowed upon a CPA within the accounting profession. He is currently retired after 33 years as a public practice accountant. Previously, Dale served as a Board member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, chaired the Institute of Charted Accountants BC’s Bylaws and Fee Resolution committees, and is a past member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Ethics Standards Harmonization Committee.  Dale seves on several other non-profit Boards.

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.

Joanne Beach

Joanne is serves as a Director at Tearfund Canada and lives in Burlington, ON. She is the Director of Alliance Justice and Compassion at the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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. Additionally, he has also lived in several countries overseas including Benin, Japan, and Cambodia working for several non-profit orgnaizations. Lyle enjoys technology and helping, which are assets in his day job managing a technical support team for a software company.