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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 Reader

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 focused 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.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sherri Fish

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.

BOOKKEEPER

Staff

Jim Chen

Born in Kolkata, India, Jim moved with his family to Scarborough, Canada at the age of 12. This transition greatly influenced his perspective on cultural diversity and community. With a passion deeply rooted in the church's rich potential to positively shape society, Jim has been an active and dedicated member of the church and local community for over two decades. His aspirations for churches extend beyond traditional spiritual roles, focusing on how the church can adapt and contribute in an ever-changing world. Jim lives in Whitby with Bea and their 13 year old son Liam, and currently serves as a pastor to youth and their families at Forest Brook Community Church in Ajax.

Rob Fish

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, and as the Executive Director of Stewards Canada. He is presently the Financial Co-ordinator at Link Charity. He and his wife Sherri have attended Bramalea Baptist Church since 2012. Rob currently serves there as an elder.

Amanda Kleinhuis

Amanda is a freelance graphic designer living in Lindsay, ON. She is a mother of 3, and is married to Mike, who is pastor of a church plant in Lindsay. Amanda served for 8 years on the Board of Directors for Christians Against Poverty Canada, and also has experience working with World Renew. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Art and Psychology from Redeemer University, and in 2022 she completed the Graphic Design program at Durham College. Amanda is an avid sailor, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Pigeon Lake Yacht Club.

Peter Scholtens

Peter lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife, Diana, and their four young adult children. He taught high school for 11 years in British Columbia and Ontario, spent a year studying theology, and then started a career in sales. He is currently running a small business importing and selling equipment to the railroad and utility industries. Peter and his family are members of New City Church in Hamilton, ON, where he is active on the care team. He has also served on the board of several charitable organizations including A Rocha Canada, the Ontario Christian Gleaners, and the Hamilton Naturalists' Club. His other interests include music, bird watching, and creation stewardship.

Alan Veale

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 Veale

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

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

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.

Board Members

Annual Reports

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

BHFT 2021 Profit Loss

BHFT 2021 Balance Sheet

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