Wendy Broadhead – President
Wendy Broadhead (formerly Toth) was raised in London and graduated from the University of Ontario. She commenced her career in drug development and registration in Ottawa and Toronto, returning to London with her family in 1990. Wendy has worked in clinical research environments involving the government, hospital and pharmaceutical-biotech industries. Her volunteer roles began most notably in the senior administration roles at Westview Baptist Church, as well as in the non-profit community. She is a past chair of the executive board for Pathways Skills Development Centre. Wendy is currently enjoying retirement, living in Old South and attending Crossroads Alliance Church. Her leadership and organizational skills including financial and project management, strategic planning and quality assurance are beneficial in her volunteer roles.
Allen Page – Vice-President & Executive Committee Chair
Deb Peckham – Board Secretary
Deb Peckham grew up in the east end of London. She was employed at a local law firm for 28 years when an illness that could not be diagnosed caused her to lose her job, and then her home. Due to the strife caused in the transition to “the system”, it was an easy decision for her to volunteer in the areas of homelessness, poverty and affordable/social housing. Since then, Deb has become a vocal housing advocate, sitting on three Boards of Directors, as well as participating in the Steering Committee of the London Homeless Coalition and representing the tenant population on the London Housing Advisory Committee at City Hall. Due to her active role at the Leadership Table of the city council‘s London For All project, Deb was asked to co-chair the Ending Poverty Priority Team of London’s Child & Youth Network.
Peter Dale – Board Treasurer & Finance/Audit Committee Chair
Peter Dale currently works as a Wealth Advisor with TD Private Wealth Management. With 40+ years of working in the financial services industry Peter has assisted families in achieving their financial goals and dreams. A graduate of Fanshawe College and the University of Nippissing, Peter has been a lifelong student acquiring his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Executor Advisor (CEA) designation, Peter brings a vast breadth of experience to Mission Services London.
Peter’s passion moves far beyond the financial industry. He has been married to his wife Janis for 34 years and they have 3 adult children. Peters loves working with youth and finding ways to empower and support them wherever possible. He coached his sons minor league hockey teams, participated as a Big Brother for over 10 years to little brother David, served on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of London, and has taken multiple missions trips to India and Peru where he served and love people however they needed. He has also been active in various roles within his church.
When Peter isn’t at work, he loves to golf and hike with his wife in the summer months. Once winter arrives, he will be busy playing hockey three times a week in the London Senior Hockey league or snowshoeing with Janis in Algonquin provincial park. Peter and Janis recently added a beagle puppy to the family. Long walks with the beagle are great training for their plan to walk a portion of the El Camino when Peter retires and Covid restrictions are lifted.
Kim Cechetto – Past President
Kim Cechetto (nee Todd) grew up in London, Ontario in a Christian home and was active in both church and campus ministries throughout her school years. After graduating from Western University, and marrying David Cechetto, she lived in Ottawa, Nigeria, St. Louis, and Chicago before returning to live permanently in London in 1987. Until her recent retirement, Kim was a faculty member at Fanshawe College, teaching and providing academic leadership in the School of Language and Liberal Studies, which has included working with international students from around the world. In addition, Kim has worked with the Rwandan Ministry of Education to train teachers in English. Kim is a member of Gateway Church. Her cross-cultural experiences and passion for advocating for marginalized people, both here and abroad, will help her contribute as a board member.
David was born in Bogota, Colombia, where he spent his early years enjoying various activities at the National University of Colombia campus, where his parents were professors. David studied Industrial Engineering and received a Master’s degree in Marketing and Agribusiness. He married Juliana who shared his passion for travelling. Both decided to experience a different culture, and moved to London, Ontario in 2009 with their two-year-old daughter. Living in Canada has been an enriching experience for him. With the ups and downs of an immigration journey he has learned how impactful community services can be, and the positive difference they make in the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Suzanne Larouche – Chair, Governance Committee
Suzanne Larouche was born in Quebec and spent her early years in Africa where her father was working for the UN. She completed her law degree at University Laval. She has 34 years of experience in corporate and business law as a lawyer, Partner and General Counsel for private law firms and public companies. She is also one of the founders of two finance services companies located in London. Since 2005, she has held various leadership positions as General Counsel, Vice President of Strategy, Vice President Human Resources and Vice President of Operations.
She has been married to her husband JP for 30 years and have raised three beautiful young women. They lived for 7 years in Central America when their daughters were young. As a family, they have always been engaged with newcomers and immigrants in our community and with the French community. Suzanne is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Cross Cultural Learner Centre. She recently retired and is looking to give back to her community through her engagement with Mission Services of London. Suzanne and her husband share a common passion for cooking, music and travelling.
Susan Mitchell (nee Thomas) was born in South Wales, lived in Scotland for twenty years and immigrated to Canada with her husband and two boys in December of 1991. Her husband John joined the staff at Teen Challenge Farm, and Susan volunteered in the sponsorship and development office while completing studies as a Registered Nurse. Her career in health care involved leadership positions in community nursing in the area of palliative care, and as part of a team in the surgical suite.
Susan further developed her interest in donor development and fundraising, transitioning into a second career with Christ for all Nations, an international faith-based organization. This transition occurred after a time of deep loss when their youngest son Neil died tragically at the age of 21 years. Her faith journey which began in her teen years deepened during this time of grief and spiritual searching. As Director of Donor Management with the organization, Susan developed the Legacy and Bequest program, and built relationships with donors from across Canada, travelling with many of them to events in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Susan retired in 2018, is actively involved in Open Door Christian Fellowship, and Gateway Church London. In between volunteering with non-profits in the area of fundraising, she enjoys time with her grandchildren, her lifelong love of reading, and walking her West Highland White terrier, Maisie.
Tyler Stiller was born and raised in London, graduated from Fanshawe College, Laurentian University and then received his CPA designation. He started his career in a London-based family business and ended his time there as their Director of Finance. He is now a Mortgage Broker working with Dominion Lending Centers. His volunteer roles started with youth groups, and now is involved with other board and treasurer roles. Tyler attends West Park Church in London. Tyler is married and has 3 young children who all enjoy being outdoors exploring.
Tom Timmerman – Chair, Program Steering Committee
Tom has lived in Southwestern Ontario his entire life, settling in London for the last 35 years. Recently retiring from an executive position at a major Canadian bank, he has broad leadership and management experience as well as specific project management skills. Tom has participated on various committees, councils, and boards in business and non-profit scenarios as he desires to utilize his experience to make a difference in individuals and their communities. He attends Northpark Community Church and currently directs their Refugee Ministry. Tom is married with children and grandchildren and enjoys grandparenting, cycling, and following his favourite sports teams.