effect:hope names new CEO

Kim Evans urges healing and justice for people affected by leprosy

MARKHAM, ON (Aug. 15) – On September 3, Kim Evans will begin her new role as CEO of effect:hope, The Leprosy Mission Canada. Evans comes to effect:hope after many years as a senior VP at Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada and as a partner in a law firm.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve with an organization that is doing so much to help people who remain isolated due to leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs),” says Evans. “It is my hope that, with the support of our donors, we will continue to seek justice for those who suffer, provide treatment and healing, and fight injustice.”

effect:hope is an international development organization based in Markham that has been serving people affected by leprosy and other NTDs since 1892. For the past 27 years, the organization has been under the leadership of Peter Derrick, Executive Director, who retires at the end of August.

“There’s exciting, remarkable, transformative work happening in our programs,” says Derrick. “People who were once forgotten, living on the margins, are now at the centre of their communities and we can be proud that the general burden of people with leprosy is lower than it was 20 years ago.

“The privilege of meeting recipients of our care and working alongside people in Canada and overseas has always given me energy and joy,” he adds. “And to all our donors, I’d like to say a profound, ‘thanks,’ and assure you that your support has touched lives in remarkable ways.”

effect:hope’s Board and staff wish Peter well in his retirement and look forward to carrying the mission forward to free people from leprosy and other NTDs that isolate and impoverish.

effect:hope is an international Christian development organization focused on curing and caring for people affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases. Approximately 600 people are diagnosed with leprosy every day, of which 50 are children. The disease causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage and left untreated, leads to disability.

For questions or to interview Kim Evans, please contact:
Melissa Wallace
Communications Officer
(905) 764-7626 ext. 2022