people impacted by iTeams Canada programs in 2018
involving vulnerable children and youth
projects involving women and widows
projects involving refugees and internally displaced people
In my role as CEO, I find I end a lot of my communications with, “we couldn’t do it without you!” It’s not just a platitude, it’s a true statement about the nature of our work. We simply couldn’t accomplish what we do each year without the support of a large team of talented volunteers who give up their time and energy in support of the hard work being done by our in-country program leaders.
Over the years, I’ve spoken to a number of other NGO CEOs who have expressed admiration for the vast network of churches and individual volunteers who work together to bring transformational development to vulnerable people around the world. The truth is, I admire our volunteers too. And I’m grateful for their efforts.
In 2018, we had the privilege of working alongside almost 300 volunteers. This number includes Impact Team members, longer-term iServe volunteers, and our wonderful team of volunteer Program Champions. Their commitment to sharing the stories of our local leaders and raising funds to help make the leaders’ dreams a reality is simply astounding. One of our Program Champions even jumped out of a plane this year to raise money for vulnerable girls in South Sudan!
Whether you volunteered in 2018, donated, served on an Impact Team, or prayed, I want to say thank you for your support of iTeams Canada in 2018. We couldn’t do it without you!
Neil Ostrander, CEO