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Founded in 2011, El Hogar Projects (Canada) is a registered Canadian charity, run by an all-volunteer board of directors, that raises money to support the work of El Hogar Projects in Honduras.


All the funds we raise, less our very modest operating costs, helps pay El Hogar’s many expenses – among them food, staff salaries, teaching and medical supplies, and facility maintenance – associated with providing an education, and in some cases a home, to more than 200 Honduran children.


EHPC also helps organize teams from Canada to visit El Hogar in Honduras through El Hogar Connects – a program connecting visitors with El Hogar’s staff, students and each other for a transformational experience that promotes service to one another, intercultural exchange and experiential learning.

Founded in 2011, El Hogar Projects (Canada) is a registered Canadian charity, run by an all-volunteer board of directors, that raises money to support the work of El Hogar Projects in Honduras.

Group of high school students standing in school yard

All the funds we raise, less our very modest operating costs, helps pay El Hogar’s many expenses – among them food, staff salaries, teaching and medical supplies, and facility maintenance – associated with providing an education, and in some cases a home, to more than 200 Honduran children.

EHPC also helps organize teams from Canada to visit El Hogar in Honduras through El Hogar Connects – a program connecting visitors with El Hogar’s staff, students and each other for a transformational experience that promotes service to one another, intercultural exchange and experiential learning

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Board of Directors and Committees

David Bell
Board member;
Communications and Donor Relations Committee

Based in Halifax, David has worked for more than seven years with CampBrain, a software company providing management software and online registration to camps and conference / retreat centres across North America. Previously, he served as a Research Assistant for Environment Canada in Toronto, and a Geographic Information System analyst for the City of Toronto. Outside of work, David enjoys canoeing, hiking and cycling; he has completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer (from Toronto to Niagara Falls by bicycle) nine times raising funds for cancer research.

David first visited El Hogar as part of a Leaside United Church service team along with his father and older sister. He remembers endless crafts, sports and games on the weekend, and after-school hours spent with the children living at the elementary school (including the inaugural class of girls). He returned home committed to staying involved with El Hogar through LUC’s fundraising efforts and by supporting future service teams. David relocated to Halifax during the pandemic, and is now excited to get involved in the Communications Committee.

Meghan Bryant
Board member;
Co-chair of Partnership and Fundraising Committee

Throughout her career, Meghan has lent her professional expertise to several organizations. However, the work of El Hogar deeply connects with her, which is why she recently joined EHPC's Board of Directors.

Meghan is originally from Brockville, Ontario but currently resides with her husband in Guatemala. She has firsthand experience with the realities of life in Central America, including issues related to education, which fuels her dedication to helping El Hogar deliver on its mission of helping disadvantaged Honduran youth transform their own lives.

Being certified in Agile methodologies and equipped with her extensive project management expertise, Meghan thrives on leading initiatives that make a meaningful impact, and she's excited to play a part in helping El Hogar shape the future leaders of Honduras.

Georgia Coles
Secretary to the Board of Directors;
Governance Committee

Georgia studied international development and women's issues throughout her undergraduate degree at Queens University in Kingston, and went on to obtain her law degree at the University of Ottawa, during which time she served as the Associate Editor of the Ottawa Law Review academic journal. Having recently been called to the Bar in British Columbia, she currently works as a policy analyst specializing in consumer protection and corporate policy.

Georgia’s family has been directly involved in El Hogar Projects (Canada) for many years. She was deeply inspired to get involved after learning about the positive and reciprocal impact the organization has on the lives of children in Honduras.

Kim Echlin
Board member;
Post
-Secondary Education Committee

Kim is a novelist, teacher, editor and documentary maker. Her novels include The Disappeared and Speak, Silence which won the City of Toronto Book Award. She is passionate about all kinds of education, served on the Loran Scholarship for 30 years and currently volunteers for the McCall MacBain scholarship.

She is a founding board member of El Hogar Projects (Canada) and has visited El Hogar many times. She loves her volunteer work with El Hogar which is rewarding and full of joy. She finds in this special community of volunteers, both in Canada and Honduras, enduring friendship. The work together in pursuit of social justice has been uniquely fulfilling and she loves the ongoing learning in different communities and working with El Hogar’s young people.

Susan Franklin
Board member;
Investment Committee

Susan is a founding member of El Hogar Projects (Canada) since 2011. She has made some 25+ trips to El Hogar in Honduras to work for and play with the children.

For 10 years, she served as Treasurer of EHPC, and for six years was a board member of El Hogar Ministries Inc., our sister organization in the U.S.

Susan has initiated, organized, and assisted in organizing fundraising activities since its inception, hosted a reception for donors and worked with foundations to garner financial assistance. She has also led teams visiting El Hogar Projects in Honduras, works tirelessly for her home church, Kingsway-Lambton United Church in Toronto, and acts as liaison between EHPC and KLUC.  

Susan and her husband John have two married children and threegrandchildren.

Joanne Leatch
Board member;
Chair of Governance Committee;
El Hogar Connects

Joanne is a lawyer and serves as senior counsel with Tribunals Ontario. She primarily provides legal support for the Social Benefits Tribunal/Child and Family Services Review Board/ Custody Review Board and the Ontario Special Education Tribunals. 

She holds the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) diploma in Piano (Teaching) and Voice (Performance and Teaching.) She puts these to good use through teaching piano, voice, and music theory to children and adults; she also regularly performs herself.

Additionally, Joanne is the Choir lead plus wedding and funeral coordinator at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, and serves on the scholarship selection committee for the Masomo Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to university students in Zambia. 

During her first visit to El Hogar about 17 years ago, Joanne was immediately smitten with the incredible work being done by the dedicated staff at El Hogar, the children themselves, and the country. Since then, she has been on more than 15 trips leading other groups of volunteers, and her children have done volunteer work there more than a dozen times.

Joining the EHPC board, she says, provides an opportunity for her to play asmall part in helping that work continue.

Graham Lute
Governance Committee;
Former Board member

Over his professional career, Graham has held various senior management roles at Nestle Canada (Toronto), Nestle World Wide (Vevey, Switzerland) and then the Canadian charity Kids Help Phone (Toronto).

He was introduced to and inspired by the work of El Hogar in the 1980s, when Rev. David Winsor was the Minister of Leaside United Church (LUC) in Toronto.

He since visited the students and staff of El Hogar with Rev. Winsor; today El Hogar is a lifelong mission and important outreach for Graham.

After having contributed to various fundraising and local activities, he joined the EHPC board in 2013.

Bill Meeker
Board member;
Co-chair of Partnership and Fundraising
Committee

Bill enjoyed a career of almost 40 years with Ontario Hydro, Ontario Hydro International, Hydro One, and his own consulting company, where he specialized in electricity-distribution and transmission project development and implementation, both in Ontario and internationally. His work experience involved significant travel throughout Latin America.

Bill joined the board of El Hogar Projects (Canada) in 2011 after leading two service-team trips with his wife Jennifer; they led a third service team in 2012. They have traveled to El Hogar every year since (except during the Covid-19 pandemic).

“Right from that first trip,” Bill says, “I knew I was in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. I have never been more certain of anything in my life.”

Having seen the impact that El Hogar has on the children it serves, Bill feels incredibly fortunate to be able to help guide the organization in achieving its mission of lifting children out of poverty and creating the next generation of leaders in Honduras.

Bill also serves as a board member for Light Up The World (based in Calgary, working primarily in Peru).

Margo Mingay
Post-Secondary Education Committee;
Former Board Chair

Margo worked in banking for her professional career and “retired” in 1998 when she and her husband (Reverend David Winsor) were asked to move in Honduras and become Co-Executive Directors of El Hogar Projects. After serving in this role two years, they returned to Canada to raise their family of three girls.

(David had been involved with El Hogar since 1980, the year after the organization was founded, to help address homelessness in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.)

Since Margo’s first visit in 1992, El Hogar has been an important part of her family’s life. Over these three decades, they have been able to raise funds, support the El Hogar’s work in Honduras, and had the opportunity to get to know some wonderful children and young adults.But the biggest benefit,” Margo says,has been for ourselves and our children in giving us a wider vision of the world and seeing what – if given the chance these young Hondurans can accomplish. El Hogar gives them hope for a better future.

Margo became Chair when El Hogar Projects (Canada) was established as a registered charity in 2011, and continues in this position today.

Tim Morawetz
Board Co-Chair,
Chair of Communications and Donor Relations Committee

Over the course of Tim’s four-decade career in the communications industry, he’s had the pleasure of lending his experience to a number of organizations. But none has connected with him as deeply as El Hogar Projects.

Shortly after helping promote a 2015 fundraiser and contribute to its webpage, Tim was invited to join the board of El Hogar Projects (Canada). Serving alongside board members with longstanding connections to El Hogar and its work, he began to appreciate what El Hogar Projects was all about. But it was not until he actually visited Honduras – as part of a service team trip in early 2019 – that he truly witnessed this organization’s remarkable impact. The children’s radiant smiles, their eagerness to learn and their joy-filled play, stood in stark contrast to the woefully inadequate dwellings and challenging family circumstances that so many of them came from. He returned home with a deep desire to support El Hogar’s crucial work.

As he volunteers his time looking after EHPC’s website, emails, social media and other communications efforts, Tim is proud to play a small part in helping these most deserving young people transform their own lives and become the future leaders of Honduras.

Rick Reycraft
Board Co-Chair;
Partnership and Fundraising Committee;
Member of EHMI Development Committee

Rick is retired after a 35-year career with Procter & Gamble that included working in eight locations in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. 

For more than 20 years, Rick and his wife have been involved with El Hogar, and have both participated in and led 18 team trips to Honduras. 

Every trip inspires us more as we see young men and women graduating with goals for their futures and the desire to make Honduras a better place,” Rick says, adding that they can often remember seeing children arrive at El Hogar in desperate circumstances and without hope for a better future.

We are also inspired by the impact our team visits have on team members young and old, who return home with a new gratitude for where they were born. They also develop a new understanding that people everywhere are the same as all of us, except for the luck of where they were born. That knowledge inspires us to ask ourselves: what responsibilities to share do we then have?

Kate Roscoe
Investment Committee;
Former Board member

Kate is a Managing Director on Manulife's global infrastructure equity team responsible for the co-investment and fund program for the general account. Shejoined Manulife in 2006 and has more than 15 years of experience in private investments. She holds an Honours Business Administration degree (with Distinction) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Kate joined the board of El Hogar Projects (Canada) at its inception in 2011 after completing a service trip in 2010, followed by two subsequent visits focused on special projects. She is pleased to support the important work being done at El Hogar to provide children in need with the education and care they deserve to best position them to succeed.

Jason Wong
Marketing Consultant

Jason is Principal of marketing consultancy Elutris (elutris.ca), specializing in building and executing plans tailored to fit, build, and power teams. From large corporations to small startups, he has worked with organizations in the not-for-profit, grocery, travel, consulting and technology sectors. His approach is foundationally driven by delivering outstanding customer experiences and value throughout the consumer journey. Outside of work, he is passionate about health, wellness, and community.

“There is a lot of good that can come in the world,” Jason says, “if we focus toward the right programs and initiatives globally – especially when grounded in education. Education is the foundation to sustainability and setting international communities up for success.”

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12 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1W3 | (905) 220-7164| Email
Charitable registration number: 82912 1110 RR0001
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454 Heath Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4G 1B7 | (416) 421-4379 | Email
Charitable registration number: 82912 1110 RR0001