Barry SlauenwhitePresident and Chief Executive Officer, Compassion Canada
Barry Slauenwhite leads one of Canada’s most respected and transformative Christian ministries, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion Canada.
Barry began his career as a pastor at churches in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. He joined Compassion in 1983, when the Canadian office had only eight staff and Canadians—mostly from Ontario—sponsored 4,000 children. Barry’s initial role as Vice President of Marketing was to extend the organization’s reach nationwide. Today, Compassion Canada serves more than 100,000 children through its network of sponsors coast to coast.
During Barry’s 34 years of leadership with Compassion Canada—24 as President and CEO—Compassion International enjoyed an eleven-fold growth in revenue and child sponsorship. Now, Compassion is the world’s leading child development ministry, with more than 7,000 local church partners across 25 countries. The organization serves almost two million of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Barry is proud and grateful that over the years, Compassion has never wavered from its unique commitment to being Christ centred, child focused and church based.
Throughout his career, his advocacy for the poor has brought him to more than 60 countries. He has witnessed extreme poverty firsthand and had the joy of seeing lives changed through Compassion’s ministry.
Barry is passionate about promoting holistic child development through the local church as one of the most effective ways to build God’s kingdom. He speaks regularly at churches and schools across Canada and internationally, challenging Christians to look at poverty from a biblical perspective and evaluate their approach to missions.
In addition to his duties at Compassion, Barry serves as a board member for the Christian Churches Network of London. He is co-founder of the International Alliance for Missions and the Servant Ministry Network of London. He has served as the chief governance officer of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the VIVA Network (Oxford, U.K.).
Barry holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Okanagan Bible College, a Masters in Christian Leadership from CREST leadership development program and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Canada Christian College. He is the author of A Journey of Compassion. Barry and his wife, Sharon, live in London, Ontario, and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
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Allison AlleyPresident Elect, Compassion Canada
Allison joined Compassion in 2012 to establish the Advocacy department and lead initiatives to raise awareness of God’s heart for children living in poverty. As President Elect, she will become our organization’s fourth president in October 2019. Allison speaks regularly at events, churches and schools across the country and represents Compassion to other charities and sector associations. Her work with Compassion has taken her to more than a dozen countries across North and South America, Africa and Asia.
Allison also spearheaded the creation of three multimedia series from Compassion Canada that invite families, churches and groups to fulfil Jesus’ instruction to care for “the least of these.” Step Into My Shoes lets children experience life with a Ugandan family, True Story helps youth explore poverty in light of God’s redemptive story, and Eyes to See challenges adults to live out their faith.
One of Allison’s greatest passions is working towards a world where all children can realize their full potential in Christ. It was her time teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand, over 17 years ago, that God first used to ignite a passion for ministry to children. After spending more than a decade in leadership roles in the marketplace, God used her love for her own children to call her to be an advocate for all children, especially those living in poverty. She stepped away from her career as a financial advisor and began to inspire and challenge others to live as faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to them.
Outside of Compassion, Allison serves as a board member for the Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association, a medium that promotes high performance organizations seeking God’s purpose for the world’s poor. She has also been an active member at Southridge Community Church in St. Catharines, ON, for the last fifteen years.
Allison holds a Master of Arts in Global Leadership with an emphasis in International Development and Urban Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies, and is currently studying toward a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School. She and her husband, Tommy, live in St. Catharines and have two young daughters.