From the President
VOLUNTEERING – A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Having obtained my professional accounting degree a few years prior, I was pleased when a friend asked me one day to consider volunteering with a prominent Canadian charity. They were looking for someone with a specialty in finance – that would be me! I saw an opportunity to put my skills to use and at the same time make a contribution to people in need. Little did I know the impact my decision to volunteer would have on my future.
Into my third year in a management role with a multinational corporation in which I had an exciting career path planned for the future, I was offered employment with the charity. The decision to become a volunteer was about to change my life! I resigned my position with the large corporation. I would now be using my skills to impact “people”, not “profits”.
Volunteerism is defined in many ways. One such definition –
“Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment.”
EMI needs volunteers, both for its present medical missions and for its planned construction projects in Central America and Haiti. For many years in my experience with short-term mission teams, returning volunteers state publicly – “my life has been changed!”; “I never knew what it was like in those poor communities”; or one of my favourite responses – “I am going to go again!”.
Now is your opportunity! Indicate your interest in being part of an exciting and life-changing volunteer experience by going to our “volunteer with EMI” page and filling out the form.
But remember, you have been warned – “It will be a life-changing experience!”
With my best regards,
President, Everyday Miracles International
Meet our Board
John Finkbiner. MBA; P.Eng. – Vice-President & COO
With a degree in Systems Design Engineering and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and having worked in the energy industry for over 30 years, John brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization, especially in developing projects and organizing EMI’s future plans. In addition, he brings program hands-on experience from working with Habitat for Humanity, camping board of directors and overseas projects.
Ken Dick, CPA, CA – President & Chairman
Ken is a lifetime member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. His contribution to EMI comes from over 40 years of working in the charitable field, with World Vision and as the CEO of other relief and development agencies. His many travels overseas, leading medical and construction teams has given him experience that is invaluable to EMI. His knowledge of the Canadian charity field has been gained through involvement for over 30 years on the board of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.
Sandy Rumford – Treasurer
After many years of managing a family and raising children, Sandy used her bookkeeping skills to find employment as Office Manager and accountant for a Canadian charity, and has been available to assist other charities in performing bookkeeping and administrative services as a consultant. While living In Haiti as a missionary with a relief and development mission, she was involved in rescue and medical support activities during the devastating earthquake in January 2010. She has also participated in overseas medical missions.
Anne Stewart – Director
Although retired from teaching, Anne is still passionate about helping children. She has volunteered in medical missions in Central America and contributes her time periodically to assisting school children in Mexico. She is presently a volunteer with an agency ministering to women in prison.
Laurens van der Mark – Director
Having spent 18 years in law enforcement specializing in criminal interdiction and dignitary protection, Laurens continues to be employed in that field. He brings to EMI several year of mission experience in Haiti where he served in giving leadership to Site Logistics and as Operation Manage for an international NGO. He, along with his family experienced the 2010 Haiti earthquake and were greatly involved in the rescue efforts.
Rebecca McAlpine, RN, BScN, MAL, NP (peds) – Director & EMI Medical Progams Director
Having received her degree as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Toronto, Rebecca has worked in several countries overseas focusing on healthcare education and professional practice. More recently she has been involved in quality improvement in Halton Region. She has volunteered on medical missions to Central America. Rebecca manages EMI’s medical programs.
Diane Miller – Director
Diane has had several years working with several Canadian social agencies which are focused on assisting those in need of both spiritual and temporal needs at home and abroad. She brings to EMI formal training in volunteer management, marketing and political science. We value her experience in managing overseas relief and development programs and the coordination of overseas group travel, which included personal travel to projects overseas. In addition, Diane has trained and been active within the financial planning field.
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