Meet Our Board
MICHAEL (MIKE) GIGUERE
Christ First Church (United Church of Canada) – Compass Chair
Michael (Mike) Giguere represents Christ First Church (United Church of Canada) on The Compass Board and is currently the Board Chair. Mike is a self employed Management Consultant and has honed skills in management, governance and policy development. With previous not-for-profit governance experience as Chair of Red Cross Toronto Audit Committee and Chair of Visual Arts Mississauga, being Chair of The Compass Board is an ideal opportunity for Mike to use his skills to give back to the immediate community. Mike believes The Compass epitomizes what it means to love your neighbour unconditionally, while making sure the most vulnerable are taken care of in our community; the underpins of Christian ethos. Mike hopes that in the near future, as a society, we can have the structures in place to make food banks redundant, allowing The Compass to focus on programs that provide support to alleviate loneliness, bolster self esteem, enhance life skills where needed and generally provide a welcoming haven for fellowship and acceptance. When not improving the vision, mission and performance of The Compass, Mike can be seen reading mystery novels, painting, singing, taking walks and bike rides, and enjoying the occasional NETFLIX binge.
Trinity St.Paul Church – Compass Vice Chair
Earl Driver represents Trinity St.Paul Church on The Compass Board and is currently Vice-Chair. When the opportunity arose for Earl to join The Compass Board through his church, he did so as he believes in helping others. Earl can be seen on-site at The Compass as he serves as the Chair of the Property Committee and during the COVID-19 pandemic has been The Compass executive on-site. His construction skills and passion for lifting others in their time of need has been such an asset to The Compass. Earl hopes that one day there will be no need for The Compass and that Food Banks will be obsolete. From cooking the Christmas Turkeys to fundraising for the Compass Walk, Earl’s efforts make a difference in South Mississauga. When not at 310 Lakeshore Road East, Earl enjoys bowling, cooking and gardening, as well as watching a good game of baseball.
ClearView Christian Reformed Church – Compass Secretary
John Nyholt represents ClearView Christian Reformed Church on The Compass Board. In addition to his 35 year career with PwC, a global accounting firm, John has over 40 years of Board experience mostly in the non-profit sector. John has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ director education program, and holds the ICD.D designation. John brings this valuable knowledge to his positions on the Board, as he currently serves as Board Secretary, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and is in the midst of transitioning to serve as the Employer, providing oversight and support to The Compass’ amazing staff on behalf of the Board. In addition to the Board, John can also be seen onsite at The Compass, volunteering for 1 or 2 shifts a week in the market. John truly believes in The Compass’ mission statement – “together, we provide help for today and hope for tomorrow”, as The Compass provides much needed help to those who struggle with the challenges of food insecurity by offering a fantastic market operation. From providing many prepared meals on a weekly basis to those in need, to providing opportunities for folks to socialize, develop friendships, and learn new skills, John is certain that the work The Compass does lives out the example of Christ to reach out and help those in need. John is excited about The Compass’ planned move to the new Indwell building in late 2021, and looks forward to using the bigger space to serve clients in new and better ways. When not at The Compass, John and his wife Ellie enjoy travelling, camping, hiking, kayaking and staying connected with their adult children.
Chris Corlett is a member at large of The Compass Board, and currently sits as the Treasurer. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant, and supports the financial processing and reporting needs of the organization. Chris has extensive experience as a volunteer at The Compass, previously serving as a Compass office volunteer and Market shelf stocker, and has also witnessed the impact The Compass has through family experience. She brings this wealth of knowledge to the Board, and believes that there is a huge need to support the people in our area, and that The Compass is a key organization in supporting our community. Chris hopes that all religious organizations in our area are encouraged and actively included in the work done at The Compass and that non-Christian organizations and their members are aware that our services are open and supportive to all. When not issuing your tax receipts, Chris is jamming out on the Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming) and volunteering with the Girl Guides.
Clarkson Community Church
Karen Bentham represents Clarkson Community Church on The Compass Board. Karen has worked in the not-for-profit sector for most of her career, and is currently the Executive Director of OASSIS (employee benefits for not-for-profits). Karen’s desire to use her skills in a meaningful way, as well as her admiration of the work done at The Compass led to her involvement with The Compass Board. Karen believes that The Compass is essential to the South Mississauga community as it meets a very real need for people living in this community. Karen hopes to see The Compass grow their vibrant volunteer community, engage with not-for-profit housing programs, and offer even more complimentary programs to our clients! When not improving her community, she can be seen at the gym. Karen has a passion for athletics and teaches athletic training and spin at two local gyms.
St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill United Church
Don Macaulay represents St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill United Church on The Compass Board. Don’s mission on the Board is to contribute in any way possible to ensure The Compass can continue to serve the most vulnerable members of the community. As a Software Development Manager with a lifelong passion for volunteering, Don brings the knowledge he gained through being an Intake volunteer at The Compass, volunteering with the Scouts, Hockey, Habitat for Humanity, to mention a few, to the Programs committee. Don recognizes that there is a great need in South Mississauga and that The Compass is very good at serving it. Don hopes to see The Compass expand social activities when it is safe to do so, and provide more to the tailored needs of the homeless community. When not volunteering, Don is cooking, woodworking, reading and expanding his knowledge on computers and applications.
St. Christopher’s Catholic Church
Patrick Cullen represents St. Christopher’s Catholic Church on The Compass Board. With over 50 years of experience as a Logistician who has started two significant Canadian international companies, and having served in numerous executive positions, Patrick shares his experiences through leadership roles on The Board. He is the Chair of the Property Task Force, Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee and is in the process of transitioning out of the role of Employer. Patricks desire to serve his community is a shared passion, and he believes The Compass can make a difference in the lives of residents in South Mississauga through local advocacy. Patrick hopes that The Compass is no longer needed as a Food Bank and can transition as facilitator of many unique outreach programs as possible. When not organizing things for our Fall 2021 move, Patrick dedicates his time to golf, bridge, reading and theatre.
St. Bride’s Anglican Church
Rick Penton represents St. Bride’s Anglican Church on The Compass Board. A retired Information Technology professional, consultant and small business owner, Rick brings an array of skills to the Board. Having been a Compass volunteer for many years, when a Board vacancy opened up, it was a natural progression. Rick’s empathy for Compass clients is a driving force in his desire to give back, and his regular interaction with Compass clients helps bring a grassroots perspective to the Board. Rick is currently the Chair of the Programs Committee, and is responsible to oversee all programs. These include non food-related activities and largely represent the “hope for tomorrow” aspect of The Compass mission. Rick believes The Compass plays a necessary role in the community by meeting a need in a very special way. As the demand grows, Rick hopes The Compass can further branch out and include housing insecurity as a core mandare in addition to food insecurity. When not planning wonderful programs for Compass clients, Rick is hoping to reignite the passion he has for photography.
West Edge Community Church
David Fuller represents West Edge Community Church on The Compass Board. David is appreciative of the opportunity to serve the church, the people of the congregation and the community. David has seen a need within his own church as many Compass clients are connected with the West Edge community, and live in the Port Credit area. David believes that the outreach and services offered by The Compass are of a much needed assistance to his community members. David brings his experience as an Electronics Technologist to the role, and is a member of the Programs Committee as well. David hopes that The Compass will continue to expand available programs and methods of delivering these, and current services. When not making a difference in his church, David is a talented musician!
St.Andrew’s Memorial Presbyerian Church
Susan O’Dowd represents St.Andrew’s Memorial Presbyerian Church on The Compass Board. As the Vice President of Human Resources and Commercial Services for The Hospital for Sick Children, and her broad business experience and Board experience for two other charitable organizations, Susan brings a diverse perspective to The Compass. Susan has great respect for the work that The Compass does, and currently serves as a member of the Finance and Risk Committee. Susan believes that The Compass is necessary in South Mississauga as there is a great and growing need in our community to help others who struggle to obtain the basic necessities of life.
Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church
David Onuoha represents Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church on The Compass Board. David’s aim is for vulnerable community members to feel loved and cared for by The Compass. David believes The Compass is truly a place of hope, and while people initially come for food, or to volunteer, they stay for the community. David hopes people know that The Compass is also more than just the building, it’s the neighbours, the surrounding businesses, not-for-profits, churches and the local politicians that step up when needed. David recognizes that The Compass may be a small NGO on paper, but that it has a very large and supportive family. Bringing his experience as a Project Manager at Just Energy, David is Chair of the Communications and Development Committee, a member of the Men’s group program and an Advocacy Team member. David would like to continue to watch The Compass flourish in its roots, while also seeing services expand, and become solutions for the pressing issues in our community. When not communicating with volunteers, donors and clients, David can be spotted reading Russian philosophical novels (like Dostoevsky or Solzhenitsyn), listening to some good tunes, studying Hebrew poetry, and playing soccer.
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
Rory Keilty represents St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on The Compass Board. Rory joined the board to make a difference in South Mississauga as he witnessed the growing hardship occurring around him. His career in public accounting as a Chartered Professional Accountant has provided transferable skills to his at large roles on the Board. From hosting the 2019 summer weekly BBQs, cleaning Compass facilities, picking up donated food, and weekly conference call attendance with community organizations, Rory aims to improve the lives of the most vulnerable community members. Rory believes that The Compass which is currently primarily a food bank, is a fundamental support network community offering, and its broader assistance can be life-altering for clients. As The Compass grows, Rory hopes to see three key areas of support continue to thrive in their offerings – food, affordable housing, and health. Rory is also involved with the Trillium Hospital Foundation, and the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. When not giving back to various community organizations, he continues to be a practicing professional accountant as a sole practitioner, enjoys business and tax consulting, and is an avid sports fan!
Sheridan United Church
Nick Barkman represents Sheridan United Church on The Compass Board. His involvement with The Compass through his church prior to, and goal to help others in his community, inspired him to represent his church and make a difference with The Compass. Nick’s previous experience as manager for Safety and Licensing for Atomic Energy of Canada is of benefit to the Board and Nick hopes to transfer these skills to committees and on-site volunteering. Nick understands how important The Compass’ services are to those who have trouble providing food for themselves and their families. Nick has seen the large turnouts when he helped host summer barbecues, and has recognized the need present in an area which has a reputation of being ‘well off’ compared to other areas in Ontario. When not helping out at his Church, Nick enjoys gardening, bird watching and hiking.
Lorne Park Baptist Church
Don Hallman represents Lorne Park Baptist Church on The Compass Board. His passion for reaching out to others, particularly to those who are disadvantaged & vulnerable inspired him to join the Board. Don is a senior policy advisor with the Ontario government, and has been active in outreach to Indigenous communities, worked with Out of the Cold ministry in Toronto, and also brings international experiences in Bolivia, and most recently in Lebanon. His career experience and skills, paired with his passion for community development, are an asset to The Compass Board, and his service as member of the Communications and Development Committee and Team Captain for The Compass Market. The Compass is important to Don because it uniquely reaches and serves the most vulnerable in South Mississauga. While The Compass provides food and other supplies, it also offers opportunities to assist people with their living, provide fellowship and spiritual care, as well as one-on-one assistance through intake advice, referrals and consultation with social agency representatives. Don is proud to be a part of The Compass, a community of people who share together, work together and help each other. Don hopes The Compass can develop their advocacy strategy and support initiatives that advance the goals of providing rights and needs to the vulnerable and disadvantaged, such as employment help, affordable housing, and crisis response. When Don and his Wife Cindy, who also serves at The Compass as leader of the ESL program, are not helping with The Compass initiatives, they enjoy spending time with their family, bike riding, kayaking, photography, travelling, and being a friend to the lonely and disadvantaged.
Nancy Messham is a member at large of The Compass Board, elected as a Director in October 2021. A life-long resident of Mississauga, Nancy’s interest in community led her to serve on several not-for-profit Boards including the Credit Reserve Association, Port Credit Village Condominium Board, Sustain Mobility, and most recently, six years with Visual Arts Mississauga. Nancy is an accomplished business professional with extensive marketing, business development and sponsorship experience in the Canadian food industry. She was instrumental in developing and maintaining the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Health Check food information program, a project that inspired consumer interest in healthy food choices and positively impacted Canada’s food supply. Nancy’s unwavering commitment to quality and integrity align well with the Compass values and she is looking forward to working with such an effective, efficient and well-respected organization. Favourite past times: walking, talking, and drawing pictures.
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