Bev Carrick | Executive Director
Bev began working overseas 35 years ago as a famine relief nurse in Ethiopia and has development experience in both Latin America and Africa. Initially trained as a health professional, Bev recently completed a Masters of Leadership degree at Trinity Western University.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
This verse has had particular significance for Bev. Throughout her life she has relied on Christ and His strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She seeks to reflect his compassion and integrity through her work at CAUSE Canada. Bev's hobbies include folk singing, downhill and cross country skiing, weightlifting and motorcycle touring.
Paul Carrick | Founder and Director of Special Projects
Paul Carrick is the founder of CAUSE Canada and co-founder of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC). Paul was a full time instructor at Champlain Regional College in Montreal, Quebec for 10 years and is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary within the Faculty of Continuing Education. He regularly speaks and writes on peace, justice and foreign aid issues throughout Canada.
Paul has over 30 years of experience in working in conflict zones and enjoys sharing tales of faith and courage that he has witnessed over the years. Paul lives in Canmore, Alberta, and is married to Bev Carrick. They have three children, Christina, Jamie, and Jonathan. Paul's favorite novel is The Lord of the Rings, but his favorite author is William Shakespeare. Paul enjoys mountain biking, cross-country skiing and riding his motorcycle. His favorite passage of scripture is from Ecclesiastes 11:4; "If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done".
Debra Peters | Administration + Donor Relations
Debra followed her husband to Canmore in 2010 and feels especially blessed to be a part of this cozy town nestled between the mountains. Debra's favourite role in life is being a mother of three and grandma of two. Her past career choices included being involved in the theatre as a stage director and actor, as well as an Educational Assistant. As an E.A. she worked in both the public and private school sector for over 10 years while working with challenged students. This, in turn, would become the catalyst to begin caring for the marginalized and the disadvantaged.
Debra feels honoured to work for CAUSE Canada and to extend her hand helping as an Administrative Assistant in the Donor Relations department. Her passion for people makes her value individuals in a holistic sense, with the spiritual componenet being just as critical as the physical, mental, and emotional. She has a love for learning, writing, teaching, traveling with her husband, baking, and gluten-free cooking.
Darlene Bartha | Executive Assistant
Darlene came to the Bow Valley in 2005 with her husband and 3 kids, after living in several different Canadian cities. Darlene’s concern for the well-being of the extreme poor began after a personal trip to Calcutta, India and subsequent trips to Africa, Mexico and a Somalian refugee camp. Working with World Vision for a few years opened her up to the needs of the world’s disadvantaged, and created a desire to keep Canadians aware of their ability to reach out. Darlene volunteers on her children’s School Council where she focuses her energies on influencing and mobilizing the school's Global Citizenship program. She considers it a joy to work in an organization such as CAUSE Canada that reflects her passions, and also to live in a beautiful mountainous town that acts as a haven and inspiration to her.
Dave Fafard | Project Officer
Dave Fafard has lived in Canmore for over 18 years. He is passionate about international development and about helping others in need. He started working at the Canmore CAUSE office in early 2013 after he returned from a nine month CAUSE internship in Sierra Leone where hit by a motorcycle and broke his leg in several places. During his internship, Dave worked on an environmental project involved in building a waste management infrastructure in the small town of Kabala in Sierra Leone.
His interests include downhill mountain biking and Salsa dancing. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2008 with a Bachelor in Philosophy. Dave's dream is to see a world full of peace, justice, and opportunities for all people.
"My belief is poverty is not caused by poor people. Poverty is caused by the system. Poverty is caused by the policies that we pursue." - Mohammed Yunus
Simon Ongom | Chief Financial Officer
Grace Rempel | Director of Donor Relations
A self-proclaimed "Americanuck" (born and raised in the USA; now a dual citizen of Canada), Grace has always had a heart for the disadvantaged. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Special Education, but didn't find her true passion for international relief and development until her late 20s. She is so thankful that her gifts in administration, finance, and reporting can be used on the Canadian front while making a difference in some of the marginalized communities of West Africa and Central America.
In 2010, Grace and Deston moved to lovely Canmore so she could fill the position of Director of Donor Relations at CAUSE Canada. Their son Thaddaeus was born later that year. It was a difficult decision to leave Canmore and move north to her husband's hometown. Since then, Grace has happily worked for CAUSE Canada from home, and happily juggles toddler tantrums and CAUSE Canada responsibilities each day!
Laura Myers | Research Officer + Events
Laura joined the CAUSE Canada Team in November 2013 following a 6 month internship in Kabala, Sierra Leone. While in Sierra Leone, Laura facilitated the development of environment and micro-credit programs. Laura's passion for pursuing a career in development was cultivated at an early age when living in Nigeria, and subsequently through extensive travels in Central America and South East Asia.
While at the University of Victoria, Laura pursued a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, with specializations in development and comparative politics. Laura currently works on grants and proposals, research and development of programs, and is the 2014 Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, 10k and 5k Race Director. Laura feels extremely fortunate to continue working for CAUSE Canada in Canmore following her experiences in Sierra Leone.