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Executive Team

 

Executive Team

Marc Provost – Executive Director

Marc was a manager in the business world, a field he left to work with vulnerable populations in downtown Vancouver. His passion for the disfranchised and impoverished brought him to Ottawa and roles with increasing responsibilities.

Marc worked as a program manager for the City of Ottawa, overseeing city-funded childcare services. Prior to that he was the program manager of the city’s residential services. Marc was also responsible for two family shelters and the city-funded community emergency shelter services. He was appointed Executive Director of the Salvation Army’s Ottawa Booth Centre in June 2013.

Since then, Marc has focused his bird’s eye view on maximizing resources to better serve the vulnerable. His leadership style is collaborative and systemic. Marc sits on the Board of Directors of Ottawa Inner City Health and on the board of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.

Michael White – Director of Program

Michael has 20 years experience in the world of Social Services. He is the current Director of Programs at the Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre. He has worked for the Salvation Army since 2002. Before that he was the senior manager of Phoenix for Youth Inc., a residential correctional facility for male young offenders. Michael is actively involved in community issues and initiatives. He is treasurer of the board of Phoenix for Youth Inc. He currently serves on the:  Ottawa ByWard Market Safety and Security Committee, Ottawa Supportive Housing Network and the Downtown Coalition for a Safer Community. Mike previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Hostels.

Lynne Wigmore – Director of Human Resources

Lynne found her calling in 2010 when she joined The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre (OBC). The OBC offered the opportunity to work in an area of her two passions, Human Resources (HR) management and working for an organization that wields a transforming influence on people’s lives.

Lynne knew HR was her passion after 21 years in retail management sales. She enjoys the challenges of HR. She also strives to keep the “human” dimension in Human Resources. Professionalism is imperative, but there must always be room for humour.

Lynne also oversees the annual Kettle Campaign, Emergency and Disaster Services, and is chair for the OBC Joint Health and Safety Committee. She thrives on diversity.

Major Danny Pinksen – Director of Community Services

Danny Pinksen has been an officer of The Salvation Army for over 22 years serving in several appointments in Canada including both church-based and social ministries. Before working with The Salvation Army, Danny was educated in the field of Electronic Engineering and worked with Bell Canada.

During his tenure as a Salvation Army officer, Danny received his bachelor's degree in theology, a certificate in management and a master's degree in leadership. Danny would describe himself as a focused individual who enjoys leading, networking and partnering in the community. On a personal notes, Danny enjoys hunting, fishing and sports.

Danny's role at the Ottawa Booth Centre (OBC) is providing leadership to the Community & Family Services (Including Toy Mountain) and the Correctional & Justice Services departments. Danny's goal is to serve the OBC in a manner that moves the mission of The Salvation Army forward and honours the people that are served through the OBC's programs and services.

Brent Cashman – Director of Facilities and Food Services 

Brent joined the Salvation Army OBC in October 2016. He has 23 years’ experience in a variety of roles in the field of facilities management. Brent is a people person. He works well with the vulnerable individuals we serve. He is solution-oriented, passionate and calm. Brent’s many skills include security design, building maintenance and purchasing. He embodies our core values of compassion and caring, mutual respect, cooperation, integrity and trust, accountability and innovation. He is among the OBC’s most frequent and dedicated volunteers.

Darwin Ewert – Director of Finance

Darwin joined the Ottawa Booth Centre in July 2017. He has an undergraduate degree in history, and has worked in wholesale sales, marketing, and some graphic design. Darwin’s affinity for numbers and computers led him to a career in accounting. In recent years, Darwin has also responded to the challenge and satisfaction of financially managing non-profits and registered charities.

Darwin crunches numbers as a volunteer when not managing the OBC’s finances. He also takes photographs, plays guitar, and spends uncounted hours with his wife and three Shelton Sheepdogs.