CURRENT PRESIDENT, BARRY SLAUENWHITE, TO RETIRE AFTER 34 YEARS WITH COMPASSION CANADA
LONDON, Ontario – February 2, 2018 — Following a diligent search, Compassion Canada’s board of directors has announced that Allison Alley will be the child development agency’s next President and CEO.
Allison has been the organization’s National Advocacy Manager for five years, launching a new department and leading initiatives to raise awareness of God’s heart for children living in poverty. She speaks regularly at events, churches and schools across the country and serves on the board of the Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association. Her work with Compassion has taken her to a dozen different countries across North and South America, Africa and Asia. Allison also spearheaded the creation of three multimedia series developed by Compassion Canada that invite families, youth groups, and churches to fulfill Jesus’ instruction to care for “the least of these.”
“I am honoured to serve this ministry, and humbled to join the long line of faithful leaders God has used to steward Compassion for over 50 years,” said Allison. “My desire is to see every Christian ignited with compassion and used by God to advance His mission, and every child afforded the opportunity to live a life free from poverty. I am excited to see how God will continue to use Compassion to transform even more lives; both around the world and here at home.”
Outside of her work with Compassion, Allison and her husband have served at Southridge Community Church in St. Catharines, ON, for 15 years, and they have two beautiful young children. 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 will be the organization’s fourth president since its founding in 1963. Retiring president Barry Slauenwhite is staying on as CEO until Oct. 2019, working closely with Allison as she officially transitions into the role that month.
“I’m thankful that the Board has put so much care into the search process. Allison is an ideal choice to lead Compassion in the current context and well into the future,” said Barry.
Board Chair Ian Lawson said the decision to select Allison was unanimous. “The search process energized the board of directors as we got to know many outstanding candidates. Allison brings depth of character, unrelenting drive and a strong sense of calling to this important role. Her heart is for God’s people and the vulnerable children God calls us to love.”
Compassion Canada – Compassion Canada has worked with churches overseas to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name for more than 50 years. The global child development organization is linked with nearly 7,000 churches in 25 countries and reaches nearly two million children and their families. Compassion’s is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. See also www.compassion.ca.
Allison Alley – As National Advocacy Manager at Compassion Canada, Allison Alley led initiatives to raise awareness of God’s heart for children living in poverty. Allison is the President Elect for Compassion Canada, becoming the fourth president of the child development organization. She 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 a dozen different developing countries across North and South America, Africa and Asia. Allison serves on the board of the Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association, holds a master’s degree in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently working toward a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School. She and her husband have served in their home church in St. Catharines, ON, for fifteen years and have two young daughters. Allison has spearheaded the creation of three Compassion multimedia study resources for children, youth and adults: Step Into My Shoes, True Story and Eyes to See.
Barry Slauenwhite – Barry Slauenwhite joined Compassion’s ministry in 1983 and was appointed the third president of Compassion Canada in 1993. During Barry’s 34 years of leadership with Compassion Canada—24 as President and CEO—Compassion has experienced more than a tenfold growth. As a spokesperson for the poor, and an advocate for children, Barry travels the globe motivating Christians to reach out and help children at risk. Barry serves as a board member for the Christian Churches Network of London, and 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 Strategic Compassion. Barry and his wife, Sharon, live in London, ON, and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
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Barry Slauenwhite Retirement Announcement Video: compassion.ca/blog/ceo-announcement/
Allison Alley Successor Announcement Video: compassion.ca/blog/new-ceo-announcement/
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