MISSION

Connecting Streams equips and mobilizes the Church to help society’s vulnerable populations know Jesus and experience His power to change the world. Through partnerships and teams, we build trusting relationships that foster faith and hope.

VISION

The Church and society’s vulnerable populations transformed together by Jesus.

Brief history

In October 2006, under the leadership of then National Director Donna Mitchell, Connecting Streams joined the Power to Change family of ministries. Since its inception, God’s call on Connecting Streams has been to connect the Church with people in the vulnerable populations of our society for life transformation through the work of Jesus. We have witnessed that God uses the outreach experience to revive and transform the lives of both our volunteers and those they reach out to. Connecting Streams’ first outreach ministry began in an Alberta prison, and we have since fostered partnerships across Canada with communities, churches, institutions, and other agencies to provide volunteer outreach opportunities.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,

the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)

Core values

LOVE

Love is patient and kind. Love is not envious, boastful, proud, rude, and irritable or demands its own way. Love keeps no record of wrongs; it mourns injustice and rejoices in truth. Love never gives up or loses faith; it is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13 | Matthew 22:36-40 | Luke 10:25-37

PRAYER

We will consistently, faithfully and fervently pray about all things lifting up all our praises and petitions to our Almighty Father seeking His will, guidance and direction.

Luke 18:1 | 1 Thessalonians 5:17

TEAMWORK

We encourage and model open, honest communication confronting incongruent matters in truth and love. We strive for shared leadership and cohesive, rewarding teamwork. We will respect confidentiality and deter gossip.

2 Timothy 2:23-25 | Proverbs 25:11 | Ephesians 4:29 | Proverbs 11:13

EMPOWERMENT

We will empower men and women to thrive in their own walk and ministry, giving them the guidance and tools they need to reach their sphere of influence.

Ephesians 4:11-16

SERVANTS

We come with a servant heart, to faithfully and consistently serve everyone we connect with for God’s ultimate glory. Our hearts are surrendered to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-7 | John 13:12-17

HONESTY & RESPECT

In all our dealings we will be truthful and follow through with what we say we will do. We consistently strive to be above reproach. We follow the example of Jesus Christ to treat everyone with dignity, compassion and respect. We believe all people are valued and loved. We maintain a non-judgmental attitude.

Philippians 4:8 | Luke 8:15 | Romans 12:17 | Proverbs 11:1&3 | Matthew 15:32 | Luke 7:13 | Matthew 7:1-5

FAITH

Under the guidance, direction, and power of the Holy Spirit we desire to be bold risk takers in order to share Jesus Christ with people. We step out in faith believing God’s word and that He will equip us with courage and everything we need to accomplish this.

Acts 1:8 | 2 Timothy 1:6-8

Staff

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Theresa Quann

National Director

Emily Lecerf

National Spiritual Development Catalyst

Martine Kelsey

Executive Assistant

OPERATIONS

Marti Vanderveen

Operations Administrative Assistant

Nancy Cullen

National Volunteer Coordinator

Linda Rochow

Staff Engagment Coordinator

NATIONAL MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TEAM

Jon Esau

National Intercultural Ministry Leader

Vivian Bright

National Healing Heart Wounds Ministry Leader

Carrielynn Lund

National Long-Term Care & Seniors Ministry Co-Leader

Orlow Lund

National Long-Term Care & Seniors Ministry Leader

Don Heron

National Addiction Recovery Ministry Leader & National Prison Ministry Leader

Sydney Sequillion

National GPS Ministry Leader

Elena Dreger

National Prison Ministry Assistant

Kathy Morales

National Widow to Widow(W2W) Ministry Leader

Sharon Pachal

Intercultural Ministry Resources Coordinator

David Dytynshyn

National Ministry Training Leader

OTTAWA CITY TEAM

Daniel Byrne

Ottawa City Leader

Linda Cudmore

Associate City Leader

Richard Ojala

Ottawa Inner City Ministry Leader

Anne McGregor

Ottawa Long-Term Care & Seniors Leader

Deborah Lantier

Ottawa Support Staff

Heather Berghuis

Ottawa Intercultural Ministry Leader

Susan Godden

Ottawa Widow to Widow Ministry Leader

Don Heron

Ottawa Addiction Recovery Ministry Leader

Martine Kelsey

Ottawa Administrative Assistant

Shemi Adeoye

Ottawa Volunteer Coordinator

EDMONTON CITY TEAM

Don Heron

National Addiction Recovery Ministry Leader & National Prison Ministry Leader

Chris Logan

Edmonton City Leader

 

Terri Jeske

Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator

Margaret Johnston

Edmonton Prison Ministry Leader

Bruce Walker

Edmonton Addiction Recovery & Inner City Ministry Coach

Jolene Wiens

Edmonton Intercultural Ministry Leader

Catie Clements

Edmonton Administrative Assistant

Lee Clements

Edmonton IT & Research Assistant

LINK LOCATION STAFF 

Linda Driediger 

Abbotsford Addiction Recovery Ministry Coordinator

Shelly Gallop

Lower Mainland Addiction Recovery Ministry Leader

GAP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS (GPS) TEAM

Sydney Sequillion

National GPS Ministry Leader

Ruth Chan

Residence Supervisor

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