Kim Evans photoQ&A with Kim Evans

effect:hope’s new CEO is no stranger to the Canadian Christian community. For 16 years, she worked at Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, a ministry dedicated to inspiring students, youth and graduates to follow Christ. Prior to that, she practised law for 17 years. Weeks before her official start date, we sat down with Kim to discuss the new role, her faith and thoughts on issues of injustice.

eh: Welcome, Kim! First of all, tell us how this journey to effect:hope began.

K: Thanks for the warm welcome. I had just moved to London, Ontario, in the spring when an effect:hope Board member told me about the role. I reluctantly applied, as I had only just unpacked my life. But over time, God has grown my understanding of the important work of effect:hope and the thousands of lives that are impacted. When I put myself in a place where God could show me how He was working among people affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), everything else fell into place. Now, I’m going down this road in obedience and am looking forward to serving with a great team in Canada and with our partners abroad.

eh: How are you preparing for the role?

K: Aside from preparing for my move back to Toronto, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I just finished Under the Big Tree by Ellen Agler with Mojie Crigler. It's helped me understand the devastating effects of NTDs a bit more and further cements my admiration of effect:hope and our donors, who have invested in this work long before I became aware of it.

eh: You used to work in a law firm before moving to a nonprofit. What prompted the move and how will your experiences help you as CEO?

K: It’s a long story, but basically, it was the call of God on my life. I shut down my law firm before I knew where I was going. Then I was put in touch with someone from Inter-Varsity and did the interview. I think my time at Inter-Varsity taught me to be a leader, to value people, work with a team, and mobilize people around a vision. It also taught me that people are generous and want to support God’s mission around the world. With God’s help, anything is possible.

eh: Tell us about your faith journey.

K: I became a follower of Jesus in high school, when I was 17. Then when I was 20, my mom passed away suddenly. Sometimes when people experience the death of a loved one, they blame God. But for me, it really anchored my faith and reminded me that I will never be alone because of His love.

eh: What are you passionate about?

K: I love God, golf and a great cup of coffee! I love sitting by a pool or lake and enjoying creation. I love sports and travel. I also have a lot of nieces and nephews in my life that bring me great joy.

eh: Finally, what do you hope for people affected by leprosy and other NTDs?

K: That they would receive the help they need to get better and be supported by their community and the community at large, here in Canada. There’s a moral responsibility and justice issue at stake. People in developing countries with NTDs don’t have the same services and opportunities that we often take for granted. They are cast out from their communities and believed to be cursed. But they are valued and we know that in God’s eyes, we’re all equal. So my hope is the people we serve will be able to live full lives, and live with dignity.

eh: Thank you so much for your time. We’re looking forward to serving with you.