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.
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.
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!
Associate Executive Director of Programs
Valerie Sadler 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.
Director, Human Resources
As the director of Human Resources, Joe provides advice and guidance on HR matters to Mission Services’ leadership team, oversees HR related matters including recruitment, compensation, benefit administration, health and safety, performance consulting, employee and labour relations support, and return to work. He utilizes a client-centred approach and believes in a growth and development mindset to enable others to gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their roles.
Director of Community Services
Sheryl Bolton 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, she leads a diverse team of staff and volunteers in delivering trauma-informed and client-centered programs in food security and outreach and is always looking for innovative ways to create safer, healthier, and more connected communities.
Director, Women's Services
Erin Griver started her career in the Violence Against Women sector in 1995 and has experience at all levels of the sector, from front line Shelter Worker to Executive Director. She is passionate and committed to working from an Intersectional Feminist Perspective and has extensive experience working from an ARAO framework.
In addition to working at Mission Services, Erin is a facilitator of the course “Collaborating to Address the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) / Violence Against Women (VAW) and Child Safety” at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Erin holds a diploma with honours from the George Brown College Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor/Advocate program and is a part time student at McMaster University, concurrently completing her Honours BSW degree and Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector. She is an active member of the Hamilton Jewish Community.
Director, Addiction Services
Denise Allen joined Mission Services in 2020, bringing more than 20 years of experience managing and directing in social services. A graduate of McMaster University, Denise’s career in social services began in Hamilton in the 1980s, and she has returned to Hamilton after many years of leading services in the Greater Toronto Area. She has overseen justice, addictions, homeless, shelter and day support services, and is excited to be back in Hamilton supporting individuals, teams and managers at Mission Services.As the Director of Addictions Services, Denise oversees Paths to Recovery (Suntrac, Partners in Recovery and Aftercare), Addiction Recovery Housing Program (ARHP), Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH) Program, Drug Treatment Court (DTC) and Substance Related Crime in Hamilton (SURCH) – Alternative Justice Support Services. She is keenly interested in helping individuals struggling with substance use to navigate their path to wellness. Denise believes strongly in hope, and that with the right supports individuals can flourish, grow and improve their quality of life, health and wellness.
Director of Men's Services
Shawn MacKeigan 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.
Director of Food Services
Sue Smith joined Mission Services in November 2013 and has a background in Agricultural Business and Food and Food Security. She started in Community Services and now leads the Food Services Team. Sue has been active in the Hamilton community sitting on several boards and committees advocating against poverty and food insecurity. Sue is responsible for over-seeing all Food Service Programs and is committed to leading a client-centered team of both staff and volunteers.
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.