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, she leads s 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 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 an honours diploma from George Brown College from the Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor/Advocate program and is presently a part time student at McMaster University,concurrently completing her Honours degree and Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector.
Erin’s other passions include her husband and three children, live music, travelling, and the Raptors. She is an active member of the Hamilton Jewish Community.
Director, Addiction Services
Eleanor started as a volunteer at our Men’s Shelter while attending McMaster University to become an Addictions Counsellor. Since then, she has worked in almost every program area within the Mission – Men’s Services, Women’s Services, and Addiction Services. She’s had an opportunity to travel extensively with her husband for his job, and each time she’s returned to the Hamilton area, she has rejoined the Mission Services team. Eleanor was instrumental in implementing Drug Treatment Court and SURCH, now known as the Alternative Justice Program and she is a strong advocate in our community for Mission Services’ harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment programs.
Director of Human Resources
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.
Director of Food Services
Sue 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. Victor is married and has two adult children and three step-children. 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
Werner Plessl, Treasurer
Executive Director, Hamilton Waterfront Trust
Karen Mathewson, Secretary
Research Assistant, McMaster University
Assistant Property Manager, QuadReal Property Group
CIBC, Senior Manager Capacity Planning
Owner,ax/iz financial solutions
Managing Partner/Owner, Antoniani Law
Training Specialist, Community Access and Engagement, Mohawk College