From the President
We are EMI – Everyday Miracles International.
My name is Ken Dick, and I’m the President of EMI. I have been involved in international relief and development activities for over 40 years. As EMI initiates some valuable programs to provide medical care and education to children and families, it is important that the organization has people involved with the background and skills required to serve those in need effectively and with compassion. We have a board of directors with the skills, experience and passion required to ensure the effective delivery of assistance to those who cannot help themselves. Our goals are focused particularly on the provision of health related matters – both through medical clinics and health care education.
Having just completed a successful medical mission to Guatemala in November, we are now focusing our attention on Haiti. You can read more about the Haiti clinic, in which we plan to have our medical volunteer teams work, by looking further into our web site. Because the clinic facility has been closed for nearly 3 years, we have had a small team in Haiti recently to ensure the facility will be ready for use early in 2017. There were some specific repairs and maintenance targeted, including getting a couple of vehicles operational and ensuring the necessary generators are ready for use when required.
Our goal is to have the facility used on a periodic basis initially, with a longer term vision of seeing the clinic being operational full time. The medical needs in Haiti are extensive, with many people not having access to medical care or not being able to afford it when it is available. The clinic is in a community north of the capital, Port au Prince named Croix Des Bouquets where we will be reaching out to over 70,000 people.
I hope you will consider assisting EMI in this initiative by volunteering and/or donating toward the many costs involved.
EMI welcomes you to our site. If you should have any questions, please get in touch; we will be happy to respond.
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.
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