Bright Hope for Tomorrow was incorporated in 1974 to support Canadians serving as Christian missionaries. Relief and development efforts were often part of the work and, by 1997, poverty alleviation had become the main focus of Bright Hope for Tomorrow’s Christian witness.
Today we continue to work in close cooperation with our sister organizations, Bright Hope International in the United States (founded 1968), and Bright Hope World in New Zealand (founded 1992), to connect Canadian resources and support with local partners around the world.
Greg’s passion is for churches around the world to collaborate more fully and effectively in mission. He has over 35 years of international experience, having previously worked with International Teams Canada in Europe, the Philippines, and Canada. His MDiv is from Tyndale Seminary, and his Doctor of Practical Theology from McMaster Divinity College, with research focussed on Christian witness in international development. Since 2019 Greg has served as Board Chair for Kentro Christian Network, an association of more than 50 Canadian Christian organizations involved in international relief and development. Greg and his wife, Helen, live in Peterborough, ON.
Sherri has over 10 years of office administration experience with charities, including Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Opportunity International Canada, Stewards Canada, and the Community Foundation of Mississauga.
Rob became a Christian as a child while attending Grace Chapel in Sherbrooke, QC. As a teenager, he was baptized and became a member at Don Valley Bible Chapel in Toronto, ON. As an accountant, he has served as a director of finance for three different Christian charities over a twenty year period. Rob is the Executive Director of Stewards Canada. He and his wife Sherri have attended Bramalea Baptist Church since 2012. Rob currently serves there as an elder.
Alan’s professional experience includes thirty-five years as a teacher and school principal, two years facilitating the startup of Don Valley Christian Child Care Centre, and ten years in the role of Associate Pastor of Administration for Don Valley Bible Chapel. During that time Alan also served on the Bright Hope International board, based in Chicago. In 2005 Alan oversaw the establishment of Bright Hope For Tomorrow Mission, and has assisted in its administration ever since. Alan also has extensive experience as a local church elder, and as a board member of numerous Christian camps, conferences, and mission agencies.
Marilyn taught primary grades in the public school system until marriage to Alan and the birth of their two daughters, Sharon and Beth. Her love for teaching young children continued as, for the next forty years, she taught pre-school and primary age Sunday School at Don Valley Bible Chapel and at the Don Valley Christian Child Care Centre. Marilyn’s involvement with Bright Hope began in 1984 when she assumed the role of Canadian Office Manager. The administrative functions of Bright Hope in Canada were located in the Veale’s home until the end of 2021- a stretch of 37 years. Nowadays, Marilyn is involved with program planning for the Forest Brook Community Church seniors and participating in milk-bag mat-weaving for impoverished communities with other seniors living in her neighbourhood.
Connie Wight (Constance Landry from Trois-Rivières, Québec) studied at the University of Ottawa. A lover of Christian books, she managed the Bible House (for the Canadian Bible Society) in downtown Ottawa until retirement in 2005. She and Wilf presented seminars on marriage and family, across Ontario, Quebec and in Europe. A capable speaker and Bible teacher, she has taught at several Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism. Wilf and Connie have been married since 1963 and live on a hobby farm in Ottawa. They have been blessed with three sons and three granddaughters.
Wilf Wight was raised on a farm in South-Western Ontario. He studied at Tyndale Bible College & Seminary (LBI), University of Western Ontario, Université Laval, University of Ottawa, Forester Instituto Internacional (Costa Rica) and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM). Thirteen years teaching were followed by 12 years as pastor and then 18 years as District Director for the Canadian Bible Society. Wilf has volunteered with Bright Hope for Tomorrow (Canada) since 2004. He is now pastoring a Haitian Church in Ottawa. He is a Director of Ontario Federation of Agriculture and has achieved Competent Communicator status with Toastmasters International.