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.
Captain Tony Brushett – Assistant Executive Director
Tony became a Salvation Army Officer in 2006 after more than two decades in retail sales and business management. He came to the Army with a passion to help those in need of a hand up. Tony and his wife Bev spent five years in corps ministry. They felt the calling toward the social ministry side of The Salvation Army. Tony was appointed to The Ottawa Booth Centre in 2011. He oversees the Community & Family Services and the Correctional & Justice Services departments at OBC.
Tony has a long-term goal for OBC. It is to ensure the Mission and Ministry of The Salvation Army is at the centre of everything we do for our clients. It is to continue the work of Jesus Christ. The Scripture tells us: “And the King will say, I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
There is a phrase on the OBC chapel wall that captures for Tony the purpose of the OBC team. It is to offer A Place of New Beginnings to those who come under our influence daily.
Captain Beverly Brushett
In 2000, Beverly gave herself to full-time ministry after experiencing God’s call upon her life. Beverly became an officer of The Salvation Army in 2006. She is passionate about leading people to God so each may know His power to bring inner peace, healing, and guidance.
Beverly is a qualified Pastoral Counselor. She teaches Spirituality class to clients in the Anchorage Addictions Recovery Program. She provides pastoral counselling to clients and staff of the OBC, which includes Anchorage and Transitional House.
Beverly is responsible for the Partners in Mission campaign for OBC. She is a member of the Ottawa Booth Centre Auxiliary, Social Committee and Executive Team. Bev feels it an honour to be a part of the transformational ministries of OBC that inspire hope, personal faith, and bring inclusiveness of community.
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.