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About

Our hope is that in all aspects of our organization, Christ’s love will be exemplified.

Mission Thrift Store is a volunteer-driven, non-denominational Christian organization that currently operates more than 50 thrift stores across Canada.

We provide used goods in a department store-like experience for value-conscious shoppers, who can find deals they can feel good about. Our stores convert donated goods into cash, and the net revenue is devoted to the joint ministry of BFM Foundation (Canada) and Bible League Canada to support leadership and literacy programs in over 43 countries — giving people access to the life-giving, life-changing, Word of God.

Staff and volunteers believe there is a deeper purpose to everything in life, including shopping. Our mission is to save you money, save the planet and tell the world about the saving work of Christ.

Our Mission

To make the living, life-giving, life-changing Word of God accessible to people everywhere.

Our Vision

We see...

  • A cleaner, greener planet and the lives of our donors free of clutter.
  • The adventure of shopping at a thrift store being enjoyed by everyone.
  • Active volunteers contributing to their communities and a world-changing cause with increased sense of purpose.
  • Investors realizing real business results with an investment they can feel good about.
  • Literacy on the rise and with it the most amazing story — the story of God’s Love for mankind — changing hearts around the world.

History

In the fall of 1988, two gentlemen from Chilliwack, BC joined the Bible League’s ministry tour to India. Throughout the tour they learned about the history, culture, religion and economic situation of the people there. They also visited new emerging Christian churches that were established as a result of the relationship between Bible League Canada and its Ministry partner. The trip left both men with a desire to help the people of India and on returning to Canada they became involved in discussions with the Director of Bible League Canada. They ultimately established a thrift store, donating the net revenue to Bible League Canada so Bibles could be distributed to the people of India. Since then, Mission Thrift Stores have grown to over 50 locations across the country.

Although we have recently rebranded, our purpose remains the same:

Serving to place the Living Word of God worldwide in Joint Ministry with Bible League Canada.

Bible League Canada ultimately strives towards this goal through the careful placement of God’s Word in various parts of the world. Mission Thrift Store plans to continue this mission through opening more stores across Canada.

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Meet our Staff

Steve Klassen

Steve Klassen

CEO

Jonathan Catania

Jonathan Catania

CFO

Sarah Tutti

Sarah Tutti

COO

Jack O'Halloran

Jack O'Halloran

Regional Director (British Columbia)

Sharon Brandsma

Sharon Brandsma

Regional Director (AB/SK/MB)

Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

Regional Director (Ontario-West)

Cory Toutant

Cory Toutant

Regional Director (Ontario-East)

Kornelis (Kees) Hamming

Kornelis (Kees) Hamming

Regional Director (Atlantic)

Leah Gagnier

Leah Gagnier

Director of Online Commerce, Merchandising, and Digital Strategies

John Huizinga

John Huizinga

Director of Fund Development

Lynda Burton

Lynda Burton

Director of Finance

MJ Williams

MJ Williams

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Melody Mooibroek

Melody Mooibroek

Store Support Assistant

Danielle Lima

Danielle Lima

Operations Support Assistant

Lisa Damerino

Lisa Damerino

Finance Support Assistant

Asha Ponnachan

Asha Ponnachan

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Kari Coenjarts

Kari Coenjarts

Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

Dianne Swinemar, M.M., DCnL, D.C.L.

Dianne Swinemar, M.M., DCnL, D.C.L.

Chair

Dr. Dianne Swinemar is currently serving as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of BFM Foundation (Canada) and as well serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. In 2014, Dr. Swinemar retired asExecutive Director of FEED NOVA SCOTIA, an organization that supported over 140 food banks, soup kitchens and shelters in NS. During her tenure with FEED NOVA SCOTIA she served on the Board of Directors of FOOD BANKS CANADA, serving as Chairperson for a number of years. Dr. Swinemar currently sits of the Board of Directors of Halifax Christian Academy, and as well is part of a Leadership Advisory Committee committed to starting a Youth For Christ Chapter in Halifax.

Doug Moore

Doug Moore

Vice Chair

Doug Moore joined the BFM Foundation (Canada) Board of Directors in 2019. He is currently serving as Vice Chairperson and sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Doug is an advisor to an auto leasing company operating out of Toronto and Vancouver. He is also Managing Director of Leasing Competitive Edge, a mastermind group of North American vehicle lessors. His corporate and financial experience serves him well on in his role on the Board. Doug has a passion for this ministry and volunteers as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Coburg, ON. Mission Thrift Store.

Harry Van Beilen

Harry Van Beilen

Treasurer

Harry Van Beilen is currently serving as a director on the Board of Directors of BFM Foundation (Canada). He also serves as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. Harry is in the final stages of retiring from his position as Director of Lease Administration for Pet ValuCanada Inc., a position he has held for 6 years. Prior to this, he held a similar position as Director of Property Management for almost 17 years at the Tim Hortons head office in Oakville, Ontario. Harry has also served as board chair for various church boards as well as for a local Christian school board in Oakville. He is married to Sharon and has 3 adult children.

​Verna Thomas

​Verna Thomas

Secretary

Verna Thomas is currently serving as Director in the role of Secretary of the Board of Directors of BfM Foundation (Canada) and serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Mrs. Thomas was instrumental in founding the Okotoks Mission Thrift Store and served as Chair of that Board for six years. In 2015 Verna retired from a life-long administrative career at several large corporations and small businesses and has served the local church in several leadership roles most of her adult life.

Helmie Verver

Helmie Verver

Helmie Verver retired from Retail Banking with RBC in 2008. She is currently a Director with Bible League Canada and is a member of their Audit Committee. Helmie isa member of the Board of Directors of Bibles For Mission Foundation (Canada) as the Bridge Member under the partnership agreement between BFM and BLC.She has previously served two consecutive terms as a member of the Foundation Board. During her time with this organization, Helmie has participated in mission trips to India and China. In addition, Helmie volunteers at theMission Thrift Store, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Fred Meyerink

Fred Meyerink

Fred Meyerink has been involved with BFM Foundation Canada since 2008. Fred has recently completed a six year term on the Foundation Board of Directors, serving as Chairperson for the last two years.

Fred also serves on the Bible League Canada Board of Directors as the Joint Ministry Partner. Fred loves this organization, it’s people and it’s ministry partners, and prays that God will continue to bless this great organization.

Ken Ward

Ken Ward

Ken Ward was born in England, has lived and worked in South Africa and the USA, where he worked for engineering companies in the mining and petrochemical industry, and for CIL engineering division in various locations. Ken relocated to Canada in 2008.

Ken was invited to sit on a search committee seeking a location to open a Bibles For Mission Thrift Store and in 2015 they opened in Cobourg, ON. Ken served as Chairman of their board for 3 years and continues to volunteer in the store each week. In 2016 Ken was elected to the BFM Foundation (Canada) Board of Directors, where he serves on the Audit & Risk Committee.

Ken also volunteers with Northumberland Promise, an outreach to children in the social housing areas of Cobourg and Port Hope, ON, he is Chairman of the Northumberland Condominium, a townhouse complex, he volunteers with the Better Together Refugee group and has served on the Board of Church on the Hill, in Coburg.

Marvin Vandervalk

Marvin Vandervalk

Marvin Vandervalk has spent 30 years farming in Southern Alberta, including grain & cattle. In 2004 we leased the farm to 3 young families who still maintain the same farm. In retirement he negotiated energy leases while doing international relief with World Renew and extensive travel. He has been involved with his local church and community sitting on various boards in many capacities.

Marvin has enjoyed 50+ years of marriage to Lorraine who is his partner in all of life including both work and play. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Marvin still continues in real-estate investments and mentors young entrepreneurs. The Lord has blessed him and has been an integral part of his life.

Peter Lindhout

Peter Lindhout

Peter Lindhout has served on the board of BFM Foundation (Canada) for six years in his retirement. His background consists of some forty years in banking, with the most recent 21 years as CEO of Christian Credit Union Ltd. in Edmonton up to 2008. Subsequent to that he served on the Board of Directors of Rehoboth Christian Ministries and Credit Union Guarantee Corporation, the regulator and guarantor of credit union deposits in Alberta. Currently he also acts as Treasurer of the St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association, Alberta.

Sue Kikkert

Sue Kikkert

Sue lives in Smithville, Ontario on a chicken farm with her husband, John. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.Sue is a former Christian school teacher who loves to teach others about her Lord and Saviour. Sue has served on many Christian boards and committees, and has led many children’s ministries and adult Bible studies. She understands the policy governance model and has served on the Board of Bible League Canada as a director, secretary and chairperson as well as on the Board of the BFM Foundation as a Bridge Member.

Sue is inspired by the work of the Joint Ministry and excited to serve on the Board of BFMFoundation (Canada) and participate in their mission to make the living, life-giving, life-changing Word of God accessible to people everywhere.