ERDO is a Canadian registered charity, with an autonomous Board of Directors. The board is comprised of a diverse and professional group of volunteers from across Canada who are dedicated to the mission, vision and values of ERDO.
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ERDO's leadership team is responsible for the development and implementation of strategy to ensure that ERDO’s vision, mission and values and operational goals are upheld. Here is a little bit about each member of the team:
David Adcock was born in England where he studied his two greatest passions: God and justice. He earned degrees in Law and Master of Divinity. Moving to Canada provided significant opportunities for ministry, using both David's education and giftedness. He began his relationship with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) as a pastor. During that time he volunteered as the Assistant Coordinator for Social Concerns and Coordinator of Chaplaincy and Community Ministries.
David then worked as the National Director of World Vision Canada's NeighbourLink Program and Manager of World Vision Canada's Reception Centre. This position allowed him to understand communities across Canada. His experience at World Vision gave him a glimpse of unique regional diversity as well as common threads.
In February 1998, David joined Yonge Street Mission as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. David's responsibilities not only included overseeing ministry programs, planning and operations but also street work as he led his team to reach out to the core of downtown Toronto through economic, social and spiritual care. Yonge Street Mission gave David insight into issues related to poverty in Canada's largest city.
In the fall of 2009, David joined the team at ERDO as Chief Executive Officer. In many ways coming to ERDO solidifies his overall experience, bringing together international development, community development, justice and spiritual leadership.
God specializes in preparing his people and placing them just where they are needed to accomplish his task and purpose.
Akililu comes to ERDO from World Concern where he worked as the Somalia Country Director. Prior to that he worked for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) for four years providing technical leadership in food assistance, planning, monitoring and evaluation. Akililu has worked in the field of relief and development for over 16 years ensuring the highest level of project quality and accountability, building local capacity and developing innovative program interventions.
Akililu is a strategic thinker and is passionate about holistic ministry, deeply committed to the seamless connection of our life, word and deed ministry. He has a Master’s Degree in Rural Sociology and Community Development and Bachelor degrees in Theology and Social Work. Akililu and his wife, Diramu, were born and raised in Northern Kenya. They Have two children, Tim and Joshua.
Gillian joined ERDO in 1990 and for over 25 years has been a key contributor to the growth of our programs. Gillian was instrumental in starting ERDO's child sponsorship program, ChildCARE Plus (CCP) in 1992. ChildCARE Plus has grown today to assist over 7,800 children through education, access to nutritious food and other basic necessities of life.
Gillian represents ERDO at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and is a key contributor to establishing best practices for international development in all of ERDO's program designs.
Joining ERDO in 2010, Carol brought over 25 years of experience in fundraising and communications. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, Carol started her career in the publishing industry.
In the late 1980's through the 1990's Carol held senior leadership roles at World Vision Canada (WVC). After leaving WVC and another senior marketing role in the banking industry, she started her own writing and design firm. In 2000, Carol joined the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) as Director of Development and contributed on a global level to their animal welfare fundraising activities. In 2005, Carol joined Christian Children's Fund of Canada as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She also participated on several international fundraising and communications committees within the ChildFund Alliance.
Having travelled extensively through many developing countries, Carol has photographed and written about the needs of children and their families living with the effects of poverty. It is Carol's mission to tell these stories and move people with resources towards a joyful gift of support.
Tricia Shaw holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto where her studies focused on accounting and economics. After graduation she worked at KPMG LLP, one of the largest multinational accounting firms, in the Toronto audit practice. She led audit teams in executing financial statement audits for public and private clients reporting under Canadian and U.S. GAAP in the manufacturing and distribution sectors with sales in the range of $20 million to $900 million. While working at KPMG, she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation.
In 2008 Tricia joined ap Valuations Limited, a boutique valuation firm, as an Associate and began pursuing a Chartered Business Valuator designation which was achieved in November 2012.
Prior to joining ERDO in July 2012, Tricia worked as the Chief Financial Officer of a Christian charity where she managed the centralized finance department in effectively maintaining the accounting systems for twenty-one Canadian locations as well as human resources, operations and legal matters.
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