Team


Alberta

303-2912 Memorial Drive SE Calgary, AB T2A 6R1

Phone: (403) 717-0331

Kevin Davidson

Gift Planning Consultant serving Alberta

Prior to joining Abundance Canada, Kevin was employed by Scotiabank as a Personal Banking Officer and Mutual Funds Representative. In addition, Kevin has approximately ten years experience as a small business owner, serving as General Manager of his family’s restaurant, as well as an independent consultant with Jersey City Canada. Kevin holds the Certified Financial Planner designation. He graduated from Royal Roads University in Victoria with a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

Phone: (403) 717-0331
Cell: (403) 880-0404
Email: kdavidson@abundance.ca

Peter Dryden

Gift Planning Consultant serving Alberta

Prior to joining Abundance Canada, Peter served nine years as a Project/Program Manager Consultant for Dell Inc. In this role, he worked with global teams to support global and regional customers, cultivating customer loyalty and positive customer experience. Peter graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology, Toronto, which led to his career in IT Support and Management. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. Peter and his family attend Centre Street Church – Central Campus.

Phone: (403) 717-0331
Cell: (403) 999-9432
Email: pdryden@abundance.ca

Cathy Dyck

Administrative Assistant

Cathy Dyck started at Abundance Canada in the spring of 2016 and has over 20 years’ administrative experience, most recently in the corporate world as a Marketing and Events Coordinator and prior to that in a local church as the Office Manager. She and her husband Dale have two married sons and 3 grandsons. They are very active members of First Alliance Church in Calgary.

Phone: (403) 717-0331
Cell: n/a
Email: cdyck@abundance.ca


British Columbia

102-2825 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC  V2T 6S3

Phone: (604) 850-9613

Brad Friesen

Gift Planning Consultant serving British Columbia

Prior to joining Abundance Canada, Brad worked more than 30 years with several global food processing operations. His most recent role was plant manager at Hershey Canada. He also held management and leadership roles at Michael Foods Inc. and Canadian Inovatech Inc. in Winnipeg, St. Marys, Ontario and in The Netherlands. Brad is an active member of the Abbotsford community volunteering for many causes and has raised money for local causes such as Canuck Place, Rotary’s Starfish Backpack Program and United Way.

Brad and his wife, Sandy, attend Northview Community Church. They have been active in many ministries over the years in the various cities where they have lived. They have two adult children living in the Abbotsford area.

Phone: (604) 850-9613
Cell: (604) 996-4520
Email: bfriesen@abundance.ca

Yvonne Douma

Gift Planning Consultant serving British Columbia

Yvonne has fifteen years of leadership experience in various non-profit organizations and the business sector.  This includes 8 years as Executive Director and Director of Development at Signal Hill, as well as a senior fundraising role at Union Gospel Mission.

Yvonne has completed a Masters of Arts in Business Leadership from Trinity Western University, after which she established her consulting firm The Douma Leadership Group.  She has led many clients through conflict resolution strategies, team building, organization culture change and leadership development, and taught Conflict Resolution and Leadership Development at Trinity Western University. She has also served on seven non-profit boards.

Yvonne and her husband have lived in Abbotsford for over 25 years and are active members in the Canadian Reformed Church.  They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, who also live in the area.

Phone: (604) 850-9613 x301
Cell: (236) 887-3945
Email: ydouma@abundance.ca

Irm Nickel

Administrative Assistant

Irm has been with Abundance Canada since 2009. She began her administrative career at a large utility company while also working in the Fitness, Health and Wellness industry as an instructor and program coordinator. Irm is also a frequent volunteer in her community, her church and with a number of charitable organizations. In 2002 she received a National Fitness Leadership Award for her work within the community. Irm and her husband are long-time members of South Abbotsford Church.

Phone: (604) 850-9613
Cell: n/a
Email: inickel@abundance.ca


Manitoba & Saskatchewan

12-1325 Markham Road, Winnipeg, MB  R3T 4J6

Phone: (204) 488-1985

Harold Penner

Gift Planning Consultant serving Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Prior to Abundance Canada, Harold held a number of positions at a wholesale distribution firm, including shipper, accounting clerk, and purchaser. Volunteer experience includes treasurer position and deacon/elder in his home congregation, as well as various local and conference committees. Harold holds the Certified Financial Planner designation and he has a Diploma in Biblical Studies from Steinbach Bible College. Harold is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. Harold and his family attend St. Vital EMC Church.

Phone: (204) 488-1985, ext. 105
Cell: (204) 795-2393
Email: hpenner@abundance.ca

Gina Turnbull

Administrative Assistant

Gina started at Abundance Canada in 2017. She graduated from Providence University College with a double major in Business Administration and Church Ministries. Before completing her degree, Gina served with YWAM in South Africa and Southeast Asia. She and her husband attend Faith Covenant Church.

Phone: (204) 488-1985 ext. 109
Cell: n/a
Email: gturnbull@abundance.ca


Ontario & Eastern Provinces

207-50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, ON  N2G 3R1

Phone: (519) 745-7821

Sherri Grosz

Gift Planning Consultant serving Ontario & Eastern Provinces

Before coming to work for Abundance Canada, Sherri worked for an agricultural co-operative for 13 years, most recently as their store manager. She has received the Certified Financial Planner designation. Sherri graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A. in Sociology. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). Sherri Grosz and her husband, Rob, attend Elmira Mennonite Church.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 201
Cell: (519) 502-2112
Email: sgrosz@abundance.ca

Marlow Gingerich

Gift Planning Consultant serving Ontario & Eastern Provinces

Prior to joining Abundance Canada, Marlow served 16 years with Ontario Swine Improvement, most recently as Operations Manager. He has a passion for serving clients and built many long-term relationships with domestic and international clients. Marlow and his wife Janice have two sons. They attend East Zorra Mennonite Church, where Marlow served as congregational chairperson.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 208
Cell: (226) 750-1535
Email: mgingerich@abundance.ca

David Barker

Gift Planning Consultant serving Ontario & Eastern Provinces

David has been in the sales and distribution side of the financial services industry for 36 years. A graduate of the University of Toronto with a B. Comm, David has undertaken a number of challenging roles in sales, marketing, sales training, and sales management. In 2001, David designed and built the distribution team for the fledgling Manulife One product, culminating in 225 salespeople and 10 regional directors. Retiring into private practice in 2013, David returned to sales management with ScotiaBank in 2014, and then to FaithLife Financial in 2016. It was at FaithLife Financial that David developed his passion for helping people give back as they build their own financial success.

David and his wife Sharon attend Grace Community Church in Guelph where they have taken on a variety of leadership roles.  David is also a board member of Bracelet of Hope that focuses on AIDS relief in Lesotho.  He is also an author of four fictional novels.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 202
Cell: 519-502-2602
Email: dbarker@abundance.ca

Denise Mazik

Office Administrator

Denise Mazik has been with Abundance Canada since the Fall of 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in an administrative role, in the pastoral ministry field. Denise is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada and holds Bachelor of Theology from Emmanuel Bible College. Denise, and her husband Kelvin, parent two teen girls, and are active members at Creekside Church.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 200
Cell: n/a
Email: dmazik@abundance.ca

Kristen

Kristen Heinitz

Administrative Assistant

Kristen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of Environmental Studies and also has a graduate certificate in Event Management from Seneca College. She has many years of administrative and customer service experience working in the public sector and currently works part time at the Downtown Community Centre in Kitchener. Kristen is an active volunteer with her church, Faith Evangelical Missionary Church, assisting with outreach and community events.

Phone: (519) 745-7821, ext. 207
Cell: n/a
Email: kheinitz@abundance.ca

Anne Beifuss

Graphic Design Communications Specialist

Anne brings over six years of non-profit corporate communications experience to her role at Abundance Canada. Upon graduation from McMaster University with an honours B.A. in communications and sociology, she began her career in the ornamental horticulture sector working for a national trade association. Throughout high school, Anne had the privilege of participating in a few humanitarian trips with her church; with destinations including Romania, Kosovo and Montreal. Anne and her husband, Steve, attend Waterdown Community Church.

Phone: (519) 745-7821, ext. 206
Cell: n/a
Email: abeifuss@abundance.ca


Management Team

Darren Pries-Klassen

CEO

Prior to joining Abundance Canada, Darren worked with youth in both school and church settings. He joined Abundance Canada as a Gift Planning Consultant in 1998. In 2009, Darren took on the role of CEO. He has an undergrad degree in Theology and a graduate degree in Leadership. He has completed the CREST leadership program and holds the Certified Financial Planner designation. Darren has a great deal of Board experience which includes serving on the Boards of Kitchener-based Kindred Credit Union and Welcome Inn Community Centre in Hamilton. He currently sits on the National Board of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and is the past Chair. Darren and his wife are members of The First Mennonite Church in Vineland.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 209
Cell: (905) 933-1229
Email: dpklassen@abundance.ca

Rick Braun-Janzen

Director of Finance

Before starting with Abundance Canada, Rick spent three years self-employed as a business consultant, five years as manager of finance and administration with Abbotsford Community Services, two years as accountant with Western Pacific Building Supplies Ltd. and one year as business manager with Swift Current Bible Institute. Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, and the Certified Financial Planner designation. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). Rick and his family attend Charleswood Mennonite Church.

Phone: (204) 488-1985, ext. 108
Cell: (204) 479-3778
Email: rbjanzen@abundance.ca

Pamela Miles

Director of Gift Planning

Pamela brings 25 years of senior fundraising experience in a variety of non-profit sector areas including university, policy think tank, teaching hospitals and international development. Her knowledge of gift planning began early in her career at the University of British Columbia which culminated in leading the gift planning departments at Carleton University, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and Cuso International. Her most recent role was director of philanthropy for Heifer International Canada. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the McGill University and is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served on each of the local Chapter boards. Pamela and her husband, Andrew, attend Bethel Pentecostal Church in Ottawa.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext 212
Cell: (613) 406-0039
Email: pmiles@abundance.ca

Barbara Chambers

Director of Communications

Barbara brings over 20 years of marketing and communications experience to her role as Director of Communications. Previously, she has worked with OneBook, Bible League Canada, and she ran her own marketing consultancy business in the UK with a range of clients from the commercial and non-profit business sectors. She has a wealth of fundraising knowledge conceptualizing and developing campaigns as well as writing various promotional literature. Barbara has a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of Greenwich and is a certified marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. Barbara attends Miracle Arena For All Nations in Toronto.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext 203
Cell: 519-404-7678
Email: bchambers@abundance.ca


Support Team

Elisabeth Dowler

Accountant

Elisabeth has been with Abundance Canada since April 2009. Prior to joining the AC team, she worked for several years in accounting, holding various positions including staff accountant for a public accounting firm, accounting in the private business sector, and volunteer church treasurer. Elisabeth and her husband Brad are actively involved in church ministry at Anola Fellowship Chapel.

Phone: (204) 488-1985, ext. 107
Cell: n/a
Email: edowler@abundance.ca

Cathy Dyck

Administrative Assistant

Cathy Dyck started at Abundance Canada in the spring of 2016 and has over 20 years’ administrative experience, most recently in the corporate world as a Marketing and Events Coordinator and prior to that in a local church as the Office Manager. She and her husband Dale have two married sons, and 3 grandsons. They are very active members of First Alliance Church in Calgary.

Phone: (403) 717-0331
Cell: n/a
Email: cdyck@abundance.ca

Gayle Fangrad

Administrative Assistant

Gayle Fangrad has worked in Administration within the faith-based sector for more than 15 years and has been with Abundance Canada since 2013. She studied, and met her husband, at Emmanuel Bible College, and they attend Grandview Church in Kitchener. They are privileged to have 3 young adult children.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 205
Cell: n/a
Email: gfangrad@abundance.ca

Rebecca Braun-Huynh

Accounting Assistant

Rebecca Braun-Huynh started at Abundance Canada in November 2014. After graduating from Providence College with a Diploma in Bible and Commerce, she began her career at Premier Insurance Group as administrative assistant and bookkeeper. While staying home with her children since 2005, Rebecca volunteered her time with a few different organizations that reach out to immigrants and refugees. Rebecca and her family attend The Meeting Place.

Phone: (204) 488-1985 ext. 106
Cell: n/a
Email: rhuynh@abundance.ca

Denise Mazik

Office Administrator

Denise Mazik has been with Abundance Canada since the Fall of 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in an administrative role, in the pastoral ministry field.   Denise is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada and holds Bachelor of Theology from Emmanuel Bible College. Denise, and her husband Kelvin, parent 2 teen girls, and are active members at Country Hills Evangelical Missionary Church.

Phone: (519) 745-7821 ext. 200
Cell: n/a
Email: dmazik@abundance.ca

Irm Nickel

Administrative Assistant

Irm has been with Abundance Canada since 2009. She began her administrative career at a large utility company while also working in the Fitness, Health and Wellness industry as an instructor and program coordinator.  Irm is also a frequent volunteer in her community, her church and with a number of charitable organizations.  In 2002 she received a National Fitness Leadershship Award for her work within the community. Irm and her husband are long-time members of South Abbotsford Church.

Phone: (604) 850-9613
Cell: n/a
Email: inickel@abundance.ca

Kristen

Kristen Heinitz

Administrative Assistant

Kristen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of Environmental Studies and also has a graduate certificate in Event Management from Seneca College. She has many years of administrative and customer service experience working in the public sector and currently works part time at the Downtown Community Centre in Kitchener. Kristen is an active volunteer with her church, Faith Evangelical Missionary Church, assisting with outreach and community events.

Phone: (519) 745-7821, ext. 207
Cell: n/a
Email: kheinitz@abundance.ca

Gina Turnbull

Administrative Assistant

Gina started at Abundance Canada in 2017. She graduated from Providence University College with a double major in Business Administration and Church Ministries. Before completing her degree, Gina served with YWAM in South Africa and Southeast Asia. She and her husband attend Faith Covenant Church.

Phone: (204) 488-1985 ext. 109
Cell: n/a
Email: gturnbull@abundance.ca

Shelly Wilcoxson

Administrative Coordinator

Shelly Wilcoxson has been with Abundance Canada since the Fall of 2013 and has 12 years’ experience as an Executive and Administrative Assistant in the financial sector and ministry field. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. Shelly and her husband, Mark, attend Bethesda Church, where Mark is the Senior Pastor and Shelly serves as worship leader. They have two teenage girls.

Phone: (204) 488-1985 ext. 103
Cell: n/a
Email: swilcoxson@abundance.ca