About Us

Through our work, we provide innovative solutions to prevent, detect, and treat diseases that affect the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. 

Who Is Effect Hope

Effect Hope is a Canadian Christian global health organization. We are the only Canadian organization exclusively focused on serving people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) like leprosy.

For more than 130 years we have been working to create better access to healthcare for people living in remote parts of the world. Our aim is to create long-term solutions for addressing physical health, mental health and social acceptance of marginalized people.

We are a member of the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities and we’ve been named Top Ten Impact Charities and Top 10 International Impact Charities of 2020, 2021 & 2022 by Charity Intelligence Canada.

We’re On a Mission!

We coordinate efforts with partners to overcome the devastating effects of Neglected Tropical Diseases like leprosy. This includes breaking down barriers to health, education, social acceptance, and livelihoods.

What We Do

We partner with others to deliver programs that strengthen healthcare systems and improve access to resources for marginalized people. Partners include other global health organizations, local governments, and community leaders.

Together, we provide resources and develop impactful programs that help people overcome the effects of disease, disability, and discrimination. By doing so, we can increase people’s capacity to regain their independence and reverse the cycle of extreme poverty. Our programs include:

  • Early detection of disease – we go door-to-door in remote communities to detect diseases

  • Early diagnosis and treatment to help prevent disabilities

  • Corrective surgeries for severe disabilities

  • Physiotherapy to restore the use of limbs

  • Self-care programs to prevent disease complications

  • Community-based mental health programs

  • Health education and awareness campaigns to reduce discrimination

  • Research and development of new treatments and vaccines

Why We Do This

We believe that all God’s children deserve good health, social wellness, and to live life with dignity. Everyone should have hope for the future. These universal needs are for all people, regardless of their religious beliefs, age, gender, or socio-economic status. At Effect Hope, we support health and wellness for the people we serve, while respecting their desire for independence and self-sufficiency.

Our Mission

As followers of Jesus, we partner with others to bring hope and restoration to people affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy.

Our Vision

A world where people overcome neglected tropical diseases like leprosy — a world full of hope. 

Our Impact In 2023

Effect Hope has a significant impact on the lives of millions of people affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) around the world. Through our innovative and impactful solutions, we can prevent, detect, and treat NTDs. We serve people in a holistic way, addressing not only their physical needs, but also their social, economic, and mental health issues.

4,801 Pairs of customized protective footwear provided to restore mobility.

1,556,958  People screened for NTDs to find cases early to prevent disabilities.

8,622 People diagnosed with Skin NTDs during screening programs, so they can get treatments more quickly.

1,962,515 People reached by awareness and education activities.            

64,359 School children educated about symptoms and treatments for NTDs.

Leading Our Team

People who work at Effect Hope share the values and vision of our community. That includes our supporters, partners, and the people we serve. Our team is led by passionate and purpose-driven people. 

Kim Evans

Kim's Bio

Since joining Effect Hope in 2019, Kim has personally met people whose lives have been transformed with the support of Effect Hope. With a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Kim has served on the boards of several Canadian charities. Previously, she practiced law, and also worked in leadership roles at other charitable organizations. In her spare time, Kim enjoys golf, a great cup of coffee, and God’s creation. She lives in London, Ontario and regularly spends time with her loving nieces and nephews.

Maneesh Phillip

Director of International Programs

MPhillip@effecthope.org

Maneesh's Bio
Maneesh has been with Effect Hope since 2015 and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, at the University of London. Maneesh has been working in the field of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition and Public Health Systems Policy and Programs for over 15 years in Asia and Africa. He has worked with diverse partners, including governments, United Nations agencies, international and national NGOs and research institutions. Maneesh is also the current Vice-Chair of the Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Maneesh lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife, son, and adorable goldendoodle. He plays tennis, soccer and is a keen hiker. He also volunteers as an official for Swim Ontario.

Harin Watson

Director of People and Culture

HWatson@effecthope.org

Harin's Bio
Harin has worked with Effect Hope for over 15 years. He is an operations leader who inspires and motivates teams, while creating solutions to achieve organizational goals and mission growth. His career has spanned business leadership in both the commercial and charitable sectors. His areas of expertise include business operations, human resources, strategic leadership, finance, information technology, and client relationship management. He is also a singer/songwriter and guitar player in his spare time. Harin lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife.

Breanna Willock

Director of Communications and Marketing

BWillock@effecthope.org

Breanna's Bio

Breanna has more than 13 years of experience in communications and marketing and leads our communications and marketing team. She is an innovative leader with a passion for driving social change. With an educational background in marketing management, Breanna is a specialist in human-centered campaigns across both private and public sectors. She previously worked for The University of the Fraser Valley and CBI Health Group in marketing and communications roles at a senior level.

Lee-Anne Teague

Director of Finance & Operations

LTeague@effecthope.org

Lee-Anne's Bio

Lee-Ann has 25 years of financial management experience and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and CPA Canada. Her expertise includes significant director-level experience with Canadian not-for-profit organizations, with a high level of integrity and ethical standards. Lee-Ann is not only highly skilled with financial forecasting and analysis, but also financial reporting for existing government grants and proposals for new grants. Lee-Ann’s professional experience as a Chartered Accountant spans both Canada, and her birthplace, South Africa.

Anna Wickenden

Senior Technical Advisor, Health Systems Strengthening and Inclusion

Awickenden@effecthope.org

Anna's Bio
Anna joined Effect Hope in 2008 and holds a degree in politics and development, a master’s degree in gender and international development and a PhD in global health. She has expertise working in global health and non-profit organization management. Her area of specialty is in management and implementation of health systems strengthening for neglected tropical diseases programs. Anna Lives in London, England with her husband 2 children. Her favourite way to unwind is enjoying music and practicing her dance moves.

Guillermo Robert

Technical Advisor, Global Health

Grobert@effecthope.org

Guillermo's Bio
Guillermo has been with Effect Hope since 2021 and holds Master’s degrees in Public Health in Developing Countries, as well as Development and International Cooperation. He has more than 10 years of experience in Global Health. His areas of expertise are operational and implementation research, community-based interventions, epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation of complex public health interventions and health system strengthening in the context of neglected tropical diseases. In his spare time, Guillermo loves adventure sports such as mountain climbing, scuba diving, and canyoning. He also enjoys cooking paellas. Guillermo lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Our Board Of Directors

Dr. Alison Krentel

Chair of the Board

Alison's Bio

Dr. Alison Krentel, PhD MSc BA, is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa and a scientist at Bruyère Research Institute. She joined the board in 2019 and currently serves as our Chair. Dr. Krentel lives in Ottawa with her family.

Randy Henderson

Vice Chair

Randy's Bio
Randy Henderson, CA, CBV, has been on the board since 2022 and currently serves as the vice-chair. Before his retirement, he had a lengthy corporate career, followed by 10 years as the SVP and Chief Operating Officer of Tyndale University. Randy is retired and lives in Moffat, Ontario with his wife.

Joe Tabet

Secretary-Treasurer

Joe's Bio
Joe Tabet is the CFO at Health Partners International of Canada. He joined the board in 2021 and currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with his local Rotary club. Joe lives in Beaconsfield, Quebec with his wife.

Dr. Ronald Davidson

Ronald's Bio
Dr. Ronald Davidson is a retired medical physician with advanced occupational and aerospace medicine training. He has been on the board since 2019 and has expertise in leprosy and tropical diseases with advanced training in global health and parasitology. Dr. Davidson lives in Russell, Ontario with his wife.

Modupe Ehinlaiye

Modupe's Bio

Modupe Ehinlaiye joined the board in 2024. She is an accomplished entrepreneur and lawyer. Modupe holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MBA. She is the founder of TWM Studios Inc., which produces the “Talk with Mo” show, where she creates a safe space to inspire and motivate audiences around the world. Modupe and her husband have four daughters and live in Oakville, Ontario.

Anthony Goodhoofd

Anthony's Bio

Anthony Goodhoofd joined the board in 2024. He has a degree in communications and design from OCAD University in Ontario. For the last 30 years, he has led his own firm, focused on providing design, branding, communications and marketing support to the Toronto-based global mining sector. He lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife and they have three adult children.

Ron Pike

Ron's Bio
Ron Pike is the CEO of Elim Village in Surrey, British Columbia. He grew up as a child of missionaries who worked in India, and his grandfather worked with a leprosy mission hospital. Ron has been on the board since 2021 and lives with his wife in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Dr. David Williams

David's Bio

Dr. David Williams served on the board from 2017 to 2020 and joined again in 2024. He is a Canadian physician who served as Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario from 2015 to 2021. His most notable role was the leader of Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With extensive experience in infectious disease diagnosing, he assessed many cases of NTDs while working for over a decade at the United Missions Hospital in Nepal. He currently lives in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and they have four adult children.

Tammy Wu

Tammy's Bio
Tammy Wu most recently held the position of Project Manager, Global Health at Queen’s University. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Science and an MBA. Tammy has been on the board since 2023 and lives in Stouffville, Ontario with her husband and children.