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About S.H.A.R.E.

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Providing a hand up, not a hand out

S.H.A.R.E., Sending Help And Resources Everywhere, is a Canadian registered Charity that was founded in 1976 by a small group of farmers with the assistance of the OMAF Agriculture Representative for Peel, Bob Bell and Minister of Agriculture William Stewart. Many of Minister Stewart's staff were also very helpful, and Bob Bell was a founding Director and secretary of the S.H.A.R.E. board.  Over the last five decades this not for profit organization has supported countless families in the early days in Brazil, the Caribbean and Africa, and more recently in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, Bolivia and even across the world in Cambodia.

Expanding into the future

Up until 2016 S.H.A.R.E. received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA (now called Global Affairs Canada) – Canada’s lead agency for international assistance.  After 2016 S.H.A.R.E. has raised funds for projects through individual donations from very generous individuals as well as grants from businesses, unions, associations and Foundations.


HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT

S.H.A.R.E. has been supporting communities in need for over 45 years. Founded upon the core principal that it provides a hand up not a hand out, which has generated long term sustainability in the support that it provides to communities in need.


LOCAL PARTNERS

Working with partners situated locally helps eliminate paid staff, allowing donation dollars to go further. Local representation helps S.H.A.R.E. understand the true needs of a community, allowing us to ask, listen and provide with no preconceived ideas.


COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS DELIVER

The work of S.H.A.R.E. is almost exclusively delivered by passionate and committed volunteers, many with decades of commitment to the organization, and all with an empowering story why they become involved. Check out our volunteer profile stories.

Board of Directors

Paul McLellan

Past President - Director

I’m a former dairy farmer who is employed by Agricorp.


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Stephen Hood

President

In 2000, my wife and I went on a monitoring trip to Belize with a group of volunteers and were impressed with the S.H.A.R.E. philosophy.


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Caitlin Armstrong

Caitlin Armstrong

Director

I started on the project committee and love that we fund projects that provide clean water.


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Tiegan Armstrong

Tiegan Armstrong

Director

I’ve grown up with S.H.A.R.E. as my grandfather was one of the founders.


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Sarah Sawatsky

Sarah Sawatsky

Director

I was always drawn to S.H.A.R.E. because of our ‘hand up' and not a 'hand-out’ principle.


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Lynne Moore

Lynne Moore

Director

I have an agricultural background and work as a Provincial Prosecutor


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Stephen Craig

Stephen Craig

Director

My wife and I have participated in monitoring trips to Brazil and Cambodia.


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Thom Grace

Thom Grace

Vice President - Director

Responding to opportunities to provide services to others has led me to volunteer since my 20’s.


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Joe Gray

Joe Gray

Donor Relations Officer - Director

I was involved in the very first project that sent 38 Holstein purebred heifers and 3 bulls to Mossoro, Brazil.


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Key Personnel

Carmen Clubine

Eyes and Ears in El Salvador

Growing up I saw two different worlds, and this shaped a desire to help the most vulnerable.


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Casey Willemse

Project manager

I want to see S.H.A.R.E. grow and continue to do great work.


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John Moore

John Moore

Project manager

I have been involved since 2019 and accompanied a monitoring trip to Guatemala in 2020.


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Carl Fletcher

Project manager

As a 40+ year donor I’ve supported S.H.A.R.E.'s practical and effective projects that help people help themselves.


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Jean Howden

Secretary

I have spent my career working in agriculture organizations in Ontario.


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Gord Armstrong

Treasurer

During a monitoring trip to Brazil, I saw first-hand a project which had been funded 13 years earlier that was still benefitting from the pass-on-principle.


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Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Executive Director

I joined as the Executive Director in 2020 but have been a donor for over 40 years.


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Ben Tasson

Ben Tasson

CFO

My experience includes the audit of various large non-profit organizations.


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Marg Frayne

Newsletter Article Contributor

Following my retirement from teaching, I assisted my husband Les in doing S.H.A.R.E.’s project management.


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Mark Cullen (Honorary Patron)

Honarary Patron

Mark has been Honorary Patron with S.H.A.R.E. for over 30 years.


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Judy Dunstan

Project Database Manager

I have been involved with S.H.A.R.E. for many years.


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Samantha Fancher

Communications Officer and Blog Writer

I have a diverse background in Animal Science


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Doug McCaffrey

Digital Marketing Analyst

I became involved with S.H.A.R.E. in 2021 while they were making significant advances in their presence online.


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Sarah Abuja

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing expert


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Trudy Blackburn

Donor Relations Team Member

Trudy provides administrative assistance to donor relations team.


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Peter Armstrong

Donor and Sponsorship Relations

Peter Armstrong Donor Relations and Sponsorship Committee


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From Humble Rural Beginnings

S.H.A.R.E.’s first project was started with establishing a dairy herd at the University of Mossoro, in northeast Brazil. A Milton farming couple Hugh and Melba Beaty sold their dairy herd to be able to move to Brazil and supervise the project for 2 years. Ontario cattle were donated and sent to Mossoro.  In the 1970’s this was the norm for charities, but the cost of shipping the cattle became too expensive, plus all the red tape that was involved we decided to ship frozen semen and train agricultural technicians to artificially bred the animals. The crossbred animals produced more milk, plus purchasing local cattle improved their economy.

The Mossoro dairy project was a clear success in its ability to help the poor community of Mossoro. For 30 years, some of the milk from the project has been directed to Sister Ellen, a Franciscan nun to assist her in feeding the hundreds of street children in her care. As the cattle herd grew all the bull calves that were born were not needed, therefore they were sold and the proceeds were used to establish a micro credit fund that provided low interest loans to poorer local farmers, who could not get credit at the banks. These cattle were highly desirable and many of the rich farmers in Brazil were eager to purchase any surplus animals.

Other early projects focused on cattle, a successful water buffalo project in the Amazon, sheep, chicks, bees, irrigation, wells, tools, rabbits, crop inputs, goats, pigs, agriculture training, youth skills training and education.

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