We exist to bring Canadian Christian women together from diverse cultural, denominational, generational and geographical contexts in order to create a strong infrastructure of connection coast to coast, to equip and resource women with teaching and tools to live their faith and put their faith in action to transform their nation.

We believe that by creating a space where Canadian Christian women are invited to connect and be equipped through Gather Women’s online and on the ground presence, a national voice will be called forth that will have significant impact in the Canadian culture and globally, for Kingdom work.

What would it look like if Canadian women of faith were stronger together
through a connected infrastructure coast to coast?

GATHER is an invitation 

  • To tell the Canadian story. 
  • To champion a culture of support as we walk out our callings: unified and diverse.
  • To connect us all regionally and nationally through a robust network on the ground and online. 

God is stirring in us the desire for a uniquely Canadian expression of His heart for us.

 

The Gather Women Board of Directors

 
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Cathie Ostapchuk - Lead Catalyst. Cathie's work and ministry as a leadership development trainer, consultant and coach -  has led her to work in global non-profit organizations such as World Vision and Compassion, corporate boardrooms, and has taken her across Canada and as far as Africa and Australia doing the work she loves.  Her mission statement is to help clarify purpose and vision for individuals, teams and organizations.
Cathie is committed to raising the profile and presence of Canadian Christian women coast to coast and as the Co-Founder of Gather Women, she knows that the Canadian landscape will be transformed by women who are connected and championed in a culture of support.  She believes that cultivating the soil in this nation and gathering, developing and equipping Canadian Christian women will nurture a collective voice and a presence that can radically impact our churches, communities and our culture.

 
 
 
 

Gather Board Chair Elizabeth Pierce is a wife, mother of two, and clinical social worker by profession. Her life's purpose is to speak truth and make a difference - in this world and for the kingdom of God.  Elizabeth has worked at the same counselling agency since 1996, starting as a therapist, until she became the Executive Director in 2010. When she is not at work, she lives a busy life, full of being a taxi service and cheerleader for her boys’ sporting events; serving in her church as a speaker and ministry leader; and spending time with the important people God has blessed her with. She is tenderly, yet passionately pursued everyday by a loving God, and wants to ensure that everyone else understands that they are too.

 
 
 
 

Joy Byers was born in Montreal and found her way into the loving arms of Jesus much later in life. An introvert by nature, Joy loves to curl up with a good book and chill with Frankie (her adorable tuxedo cat) by the fireplace or snuggle up with Kevin the man who makes her belly laugh, and husband of 26 years.  Joy is Mom in a blended family with 4 grandbabies and "Mama Bear" to many others that God has placed in her path. She loves words and using them to encourage others in the journey called life and experimenting with spices and cuisine from diverse nations. Joy treasures flawed, imperfect, authentic people as well as travelling and learning new things. She is enamoured of all things tech and understanding what makes things work the way they do as well as an avid basketball fan who loves the opportunity feed your belly and your soul.
Joy currently serves as the Discipleship Pastor @ The Peoples Church and is passionate about equipping the body to handle the Word of God, with a special place for women.

 
 

Ninette Bishay was born and raised in Canada to a Coptic Orthodox family.  As a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Charities & Not-for-Profit Organizations team at Grant Thornton LLP, her professional vocation is to provide assurance and advisory services exclusively to organizations who make a difference in our society and world.  Ninette is a frequent speaker and author on topics of financial reporting, internal control efficiencies, governance, reserves, and issues around CRA compliance.  She is very involved in the community serving in her church, on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of a Christian private school, St. George Montessori Prep School, and as the National Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
Ninette resides in Toronto, Canada with her dear husband, Joseph, and her favourite girl in the world, her sweet daughter, Emily.

 
 

GATHER WOMEN BOARD OF REFERENCE

Alana Walker-Carpenter, CEO Intriciti
Stacey Campbell, CEO Prison Fellowship Angie Draskovic, CEO Yonge Street Mission
Doreen Harvey, MBA, HR Consultant

 

 
 
 
 

What we believe

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead.

On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion

of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

I want you to know that the Eternal your God is the only true God. He’s the faithful God who keeps His covenants and shows loyal love for a thousand generations to those who in return love Him and keep His commands.
— Deuteronomy 7:9
 

We choose ABUNDANCE

as a way of life...knowing we have more than we need. 2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound with every good work."


We choose to be BOLD... rather than timid.

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline."

Hebrews 4:16 "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."


We choose to be GENUINE... rather than cloaked in fear and self-preservation.

Romans 12:3 "...do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you."

We choose to be INVITATIONAL... rather than exclusive and isolated.

Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

We choose to value HARMONY...while embracing our diversity.

Romans 12:16 "Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited."


Our Prayer

For the audience of One we live and breathe and have our being.
You liberate us from the chains of a lesser love, 
You liberate us to become liberators for others.
Under Your name we are unified and it is under Your name
We Gather as Canadian women rising up from East to West. 
We declare that is You we rise for.
And You alone   Amen.