Our Leadership

Meet the Team

Keara Gallant

Executive Director

Keara Gallant has been with Freedom Village of Canada since 1999. She is the executive director and works directly with the children and their families.

She first heard Freedom Village of Canada on the radio, while in her kitchen cooking dinner, stopped everything to listen. That night she prayed to God and asked for a door to open where I can help this powerful life changing ministry.The very next day, she reached out and the rest is history.

Keara leads the team working directly with supporters and families.  Ensuring their teens and families get the support they need and feel the true love of God in their lives.

She thanks God everyday for using her.  Once a house wife cooking lasagna, and now a women leader with passion and a mission to serve Him.

You can reach Keara at:

(905) 634-5558 Ext.1

kgallant@freedomcanada.ca

Rebecca Austin

Support Team

Rebecca has a degree in engineering and  it was a job opportunity that brought her from her birth place of England, to Canada some 14 years ago. However,  God had different plans for her and her family !  Her loving and kind spirit and unconditional commitment to everything she does, made her perfect match for Freedom Village of Canada.

Her responsibilities at Freedom Village are to ensure the families and sponsors are kept up to date managing communications.   She is also integral in getting the families the help they need.

Rebecca’s love of God and her incredible heart make her a true gift to freedom Village of Canada!

You can reach Rebecca at:

(905) 634-5558 Ext.2

raustin@freedomcanada.ca

Board of Directors

Dr. George Bryniawsky

Chairman of the Board

Fotios Filtsos

Board Member

Fotios Filtsos, was born in Toronto and raised by Greek immigrant parents. Fotios is so grateful that he grew up with great family values.

He was raised Greek Orthodox, but is thankful through meeting a mentor who is a Christian businessman, Fotios came to know a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in his late 20’s and has been sharing his story of his salvation to others ever since.

He has a background in service industry and worked in restaurants for many years, and then owned one himself. He has always been driven by serving and leading others to help them understand they are meant to live a life of purpose and significance.

According to his mentor, who has been in the counseling and mentorship capacity for over 50 years, Fotios has been exposed to and participated in helping people in service for more than 30 years, which he believes has earned Fotios the equivalence of a post graduate degree in Human Relations and Leadership.

Fotios is now an owner of 2 successful business ventures, and has been married to his wife Christina for 20 years.  Since they were not able to have children of their own, Fotios and Christina have put their main focus on helping people,  families and the youth to help them discover their greatness within and fulfill their God given purpose, and in turn they see this as what God has called them to do in their journey and legacy in life.

Robert Kinch

Board Member

Rob Kinch is an entrepreneur with several business ventures.  After spending many years in corporate North America, he ventured out on his own in 2011 to do revenue growth consulting.   He brings this expertise to the freedom village as we venture out to reach more families in Canada.

Rob and his his wife were introduced to Freedom Village through a business mentor that led him to Christ.   The stories of Christ’s impact on the kids made him realize that he must do more that just support the cause.   After seeing his son bullied in high school, he and his wife Anna-Lisa knew that unconditional love and the family working together was that only answer.  He is proud to be part of the Freedom Village family.

Barbara Smith

Board Member

Pastoral Team

Walter Stoddard

Pastor, Christian Spiritual Ministries

For the 10 years leading up to his ordination in November 2004 by Christian Spiritual Ministries Inc., Rev. Stoddard volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, attended ministerial training and apprenticed to Toronto and Burlington service leaders. Once ordained, he was assigned to Co-Pastor the Burlington church and lead the Sunday evening worship in Toronto. He continues this service to the Christian Spiritual Ministries congregation, and also was elected to the Board of Directors as General Secretary and appointed to use his formidable teaching experience in educational and online programming.

Rev. Stoddard’s B.A.Sc. (University of Toronto; Aerospace, Engineering Science) and over 30 years of experience in education specialising in science have led to a Researcher position in Science Content and Design at the Ontario Science Centre. He researches and develops science museum exhibits and exhibitions, and often shares on science topics to audiences of all ages: live; on television, radio and online broadcasts; and guest starring in children’s programing. In April 2019, Rev. Stoddard appeared across several Canadian news outlets explaining black holes.

“Science is man’s pursuit to estimate the wonderful works of God while here on Earth. As we learn of His Works it should drive us deeper into His Word, with humble gratitude for His Love.”

Jerry Racicot

Pastor

Jerry is a pastor and also a master instructor of the martial arts.   He was ordained in August of 2018 after having been mentored in Christ by his martial arts instructor.  He serves today as an associate pastor at Christs the Living Word in Scarborough.

His unique experience in both martial arts and as a pastor bring an special combination to the teens in our families, as he can truly mentor them in mind, body & spirit (a saying in martial arts).   They can learn the discipline needed to be successful in life through martial arts, while also learning the love of Christ that will set them on a path to moral and spiritual success.

He is excited to being part of a great team of pastors and really making an impact on our teens through his unique combination of faith and martial arts.

Adam Hodgins

Director of Worship & Family Ministries, Hillside Church

Originally from Nipigon, Ontario, Adam studied Youth and Worship Ministry at Heritage Bible College in Cambridge. Together with his wife, Heather, they actively volunteered in Youth Ministry at GrandView Baptist Church in Kitchener for six years, while he managed an oil change shop. Adam was called to make youth and worship ministry his full time vocation in 2009 through a fortuitous meeting with Rev. Neville Cowan. Since then he has served at Talbot Creek Community Church, Brechin as Youth and Worship Pastor and First Baptist Church, Barrie as Youth Pastor, and most recently at Victory Baptist Church in the areas of Youth, Children and Worship.  Adam and Heather, have two children, Grayson (10) and Aislinn (7), and as a family they love and support each other while serving the Lord. The Hodgins family is very excited to see how God is leading them in their next step in ministry here at Hillside Church. If you have any questions for Adam please email him at family@hillsidechurchmountalbert.com.

Councilors

Nick Lauwers

Psychotherapist , Social Worker

Nick Lauwers is a resident of Hamilton and married with two boys. Nick is a registered Psychotherapist and a registered social worker with a career at St Josephs Hospital in Hamilton and a private practice in Waterdown working with youth, families and individuals dealing with issues of mental health and addictions.

God reached out to him in a dream at the age of 16, which changed  the rest of his life. Romans 10:9 is true! “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.

Nick Lauwers and his wife, Elizabeth are youth pastors at Kingdom Worship Centre in Hamilton.

Nick is glad to have the privilege in working with Freedom Village of Canada and is excited to continue working with this ministry in his professional capacity. With the work Nick has already done,  he has seen peace restored among each other and relationships transformed by the power of God. Nick is excited to continue his calling and the relationship with Freedom Village of Canada.

Anna-Lisa Kinch

Heart Centered Health Coach

Anna-Lisa recieived a Bachelor of Science Honors Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.   She spent many years as a Corporate Consultant working for a major fortune 100 company.   It was after the birth of her last child that she realized that she had thyroid issues since her 20’s due to an auto immune condition.   The quest to fix her own health issues, led her to lifestyle interventions in an attempt to reverse her autoimmune condition.

Today she is finalizing her ACE Health Coach Certification which is a follow on to her previously held ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

This led her to understand the power of health and wellness can make a drastic impact on teenagers.   It helped her Successfully help her son
to overcome his ADD and PTSD, through changing his diet and understanding its impact on the brain.   Her coaching practice expanded to working with several Pre-Diabetic patients to reverse their disease & most excitedly have their first baby following several miscarriages.

Today Anna-Lisa is active with her kids. She loves working out at the gym
or nearby forest.