Meet the people who keep Mission Services running smoothly
Carol Cowan-Morneau started as a volunteer with Mission Services in 1993. Working with men with addictions led her to become a full-time addictions worker. Since then, she has served in almost every program area at Mission Services. Carol loves to help programs achieve new goals across poverty reduction, community outreach, and collaborative partnerships. She is well known in the community for her drive to collaborate in delivering services working alongside donors, community partners and funders.
Carol has four daughters and a son – and at one time they were all under 7! Her equal passions are gardening and motorcycling.
Associate Executive Director, Administration and Resource Development
Wendy Kennelly has extensive fundraising experience in the non-profit and healthcare sectors. After graduating in Economics from McMaster University, she started her career with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and went on to serve in leadership and fundraising roles with the Shaughnessy Hospital Foundation, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and Good Shepherd. She is responsible for developing Mission Services’ annual fundraising plan in order to meet the capital and operating requirements for Mission Services’ programs.
Wendy and her husband Brian are proud parents of two children. In their spare time, they love to explore Hamilton’s art scene and walking trails.
Wayne de Jong
CFO/Director of Finance
Wayne de Jong is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. He began his career with a commitment to helping eradicate global poverty. He worked in international development and disaster response management for nearly 30 years with OXFAM Canada, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Habitat for Humanity Canada and World Renew. At Mission Services of Hamilton, he has returned to his finance and accounting roots in the position of CFO/Director of Finance and enjoys not traveling quite so much!
His wife Marcia is a Registered Practical Nurse at Joseph Brant Hospital. They live in Hamilton, attend Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, and both enjoy camping, hiking, cycling, traveling and reading. They have three adult children - two married daughters and one son.
Associate Executive Director of Programs
Valerie joined Mission Services in October 2008 and brings a rich background in education and non-profit management to her position, including serving as a part-time faculty member at McMaster University and Mohawk College’s Not-for-Profit Management Studies. She is responsible for overseeing current and new programming as well as enhancing leadership capacity at Mission Services.
Val is a life-long learner and a lover of good books, long walks and looks forward to visiting the Maritimes every summer.
Director of Community Services
Sheryl has over 20 years of experience managing social service and community-based programs through a gender equity lens. She started at Mission Services’ Violence Against Women (VAW) shelter, Inasmuch House, after completing her Social Services Work Diploma at Sheridan College. As a strong VAW advocate, Sheryl helped to develop some of the protocols for the VAW shelter system working in collaboration with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, C/CAS and the Hamilton Wentworth Police Department.
In her current position with Addictions and Community Services, she leads a diverse team of staff and volunteers in delivering trauma-informed and client-centered programs in food security, addictions, and outreach and is always looking for innovative ways to create safer, healthier, and more connected communities.
Director of Men's Services
Shawn has brought his passion and enthusiasm for serving people to Mission Services after spending nearly a decade supporting social assistance delivery, social inclusion and consumer service activities with The City of Brantford. Shawn enjoys being part of staff growth and development and is committed to seeing the full value of the entire community realized. His responsibilities include supporting Mission Services' Men’s Services programming and the Men’s Emergency Shelter, and he is always keen to share the strengths and accomplishments of guests staying at the shelter.
Sometimes you can find Shawn on stage in a local theatre performing as he also enjoys his part-time role as an aspiring thespian.
Cheryl LaliberteDirector of Women's Services
Cheryl brings over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector providing services to marginalized individuals, people with disabilities, ageing populations, and has worked as Director of a shelter serving vulnerable women and their children. She has taken Cultural Diversity and Inclusion programming with Mount Royal University and is a strong advocate for justice and equality. She believes in being a champion for women and children experiencing abuse. One of her greatest strengths is building teams that are empowered to excel and provide benchmark client-centred services to the people being served. She works from a feminist, anti-racism/anti-oppression framework. She also has experience working with a 50-plus staff in a unionized environment.
Cheryl’s personal passion is feline welfare and she has volunteered with cat rescues organizations, rescued, fostered and rehomed abandoned cats, and has 4 cats plus a dog that brighten her home.
Director of Addiction Services
Barb Chrysler has a Masters of Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and several years of Ph.D. studies at the University of Waterloo. Her education focused on community economic development, social enterprise, and program evaluation. Throughout her career, she has strived to enhance funding and improve outcomes for individuals with mental health, addiction, criminal justice, and housing challenges. Her career includes System Management at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Clinical Directorship of Mental Health, Addictions, and Children’s Developmental Services at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Management at Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre and Management and Bail Supervision at Community Resources for People in Conflict with the Law. Additionally, Barb has taught Mental Health and Addictions at the University of Waterloo and Program Design at the University of Guelph.
Barb has been blessed with two sons and pets. She enjoys writing and has published ten books.
Rev. Victor Cyr (Pastor)
Victor Cyr brings commitment, understanding and faith to his role as Chaplain with Mission Services. He also has a wealth of experience in community engagement. He has served in the non-profit sector for over 30 years, and much of that time with The Salvation Army as a Pastor/Officer in various cities across Canada. Over the years he has also served in volunteer positions with the V.O.N., S.P.C.A., Good Shepherd and The Terry Fox Run.
Victor has an adult son and daughter both living here in the Hamilton area. His recreational pursuits include swimming, volleyball, biking and playing pool.
Board of Directors
Jerry Bulthuis, Chair
Self-Employed Accountant and Book Keeper
Janet McKenzie, Vice-Chair
Development Officer, Hamilton General Hospital Foundation
Werner Plessl, Treasurer
Executive Director, Hamilton Waterfront Trust
Karen Mathewson, Secretary
Research Assistant, McMaster University
Assistant Property Manager, QuadReal Property Group
Director, Manulife - Workforce Management and Contact Centre Technology
Owner,ax/iz financial solutions
Managing Partner/Owner, Antoniani Law
Training Specialist, Community Access and Engagement, Mohawk College