Board of Directors
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Neil Hodgson, Chair
Retired, formerly President of Timbren Industries
Attends: Forest Brook Community Church
After previously sitting on TCM’s board, Neil was encouraged to rejoin the board by Dave and Bill. Neil is passionate about supporting the work at Toronto City Mission and the significant role they play in six ministry communities. Neil also services on several boards in the broader community and leads an Alpha group at his church.
When not serving in ministry, Neil and his family enjoy spending time at their cottage in Prince Edward County.
Captain Ron Farr, Vice Chair
Retired: Chaplain at The Salvation Army Gateway Men’s Shelter and Pastor of The Warehouse
Born in Toronto Ontario, Ron has served in various positions within the Church various para-church organizations including 10 Years Volunteer Service at The Toronto Jail.
Ron retired in 2016 after serving as Chaplain at The Salvation Army Gateway Men’s Shelter and Church planter and Pastor of The Warehouse Mission, a church for street involved individuals in Cabbagetown. Ron is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Humanitarian Aid in 2012
Ron has a Bachelors Degree (With Distinction) from Booth University in Biblical and Theological Studies and continues his M.Div. studies at Tyndale Seminary majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies. His passion is Biblical Studies and ancient languages including Hebrew and Greek. Along with his biblical studies, Ron is currently reading portions of the Talmud, historical manuscripts and English literature.
Nesa Gulasekharam, Treasurer and Secretary
Retired Chief Financial Officer at Canadian Bible Society
Attends: Unionville Alliance Church
Nesa has served at the Canadian Bible Society for 22 years including 11 years as the Chief Financial Officer. After learning about TCM through attending an ecumenical combined choir service, he joined the board of directors and is eager to use his knowledge and experience to further the ministry of TCM. Nesa has served as an Elder as the Treasurer for many years at First Alliance Church in Scarborough. He spends his free time exploring videography or reading a great book.
Director of Sales & Site Operations at Suncor Energy
Attends: The Meeting House
Having moved from Montreal 7 years ago, Melanie and her husband have grown to love Toronto and wanted to be involved in causes which support our local communities. Melanie was encouraged to join the board by Alana Walker, Chief Executive Officer of Intriciti and a strong advocate for TCM. Melanie is passionate about the approach TCM embraces in focusing resources in prevention and building relationships with the families through our services.
Melanie and her husband live downtown Toronto and are often found with their two small children in tow exploring the city and enjoying all the different ethnic foods.
Receptionist at InterVarsity
Attends: Forward Baptist Church
Jessica first heard about TCM when her previous pastor, John McNeill (past TCM board member), introduced the church to the work that God is doing through TCM. Since then, Jessica has since been a supporter of TCM through regular financial gifts and attending events such as IGNITE. Jessica is single and has owned a home with three other women for the past 36 years.
Jessica is and has been an active member of her church as Christian Education Committee member/chair, Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School teacher, Benevolent Committee, camp scholarship fund, and more. When not working or serving, she can be found enjoying time with her 6 nieces and nephews, 5 great nieces and nephews, reading mystery novels, or continuing to research and build her family tree and keeping both sides of her family connected.
Retired, formerly VP Shared Services at BlackBerry
Attends: Chinese Gospel Church Scarborough
After retiring, Bill felt a calling to get involved with a local ministry outside his church. From his own experience, Bill has seen the impact that youth ministry can have to change the trajectory of a life. Coming to know and trust in our Saviour is a wonderful thing, but to know him at an early age means having the joy of a lifelong relationship with Him. Bill was encouraged to join the board after Steve Chu, TCM’s recently retired Spiritual Director, gave him a tour of the different communities and shared about the work TCM does in the city.
In his free time, you can find Bill with his wife Julie discovering Toronto through the foods of the world. Bill is also an avid fisherman and has been know to enjoy shooting trap and skeet.
Reflections from the board
Call for Nominations
Toronto City Mission (TCM) is inviting interested candidates to serve as members of the Board of Directors or committees.
Established in 1879, TCM is the oldest and longest running mission in Toronto. TCM is a non-profit organization serving families impacted by poverty in five high priority communities in the city. One in four children in Toronto lives in poverty; we desire that each child and their families find hope through Jesus Christ. We believe in training, teaching, and mentoring whole families to become leaders in their own communities.
Mission: Through God’s transformational power, we build loving relationships to bring hope to children and families impacted by poverty
Vision: Families, impacted by poverty, will lead transformed lives
As part of its governance structure, TCM has a Board of Directors supported by two committees:
- Finance and Resource Committee
- Fundraising Committee
These volunteer committees will provide the Board and the Executive Director with expert advice on matters affecting TCM.
We are looking for mature Christians who are as passionate about urban ministry and serving at TCM. Ideally the Board candidates will have a desire to learn about one or more of the communities in which we serve. In addition, we are looking for candidates that have some of the following experience:
- Good leadership and/or board (corporate or nonprofit)
- Fundraising or communications
- Finance, legal or general management
- Christian ministry leadership
A Nomination Committee made up of a subset of board members will evaluate candidates for the Board and committees. The most qualified candidate will be recommended to the Board for their consideration and appointment. Candidates will be voted in at the Annual General Meeting to be official board or committee members of Toronto City Mission.
If you are interested in applying, please complete the online application below