Board of Directors
Dan is a semi-retired retail consultant after over 40 years with National retail chains. His organizational and leadership experience teaching adult Bible classes and serving in other ministries contributes to Agora's structure and growth plans.
His family experience with mental health and, in particular, schizophrenia with a family member, led to a deep concern for care for those afflicted with this disease. We found the Christian Church to not be prepared in any way to assist. Agora Network Ministry works to come alongside Church Leaders with information, resources as well as partner ministry to fill this needed gap in our service to those in need.
Calvin has owned and operated his own Real Estate firm (Voortman Realty Inc) for the past 12 years He and his wife Debbie have been married for 34 years and are blessed with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Calvin was born and raised in Waterdown Ontario and him and his wife Debbie currently live in Lynden Ontario. Calvin and Debbie have been active members at West Highland Baptist Church for 15 years and Calvin currently serves on the elder's board and previously headed up the Capital Campaign for the recent expansion of West Highland Baptist Church. Calvin enjoys cycling and campfires in his back yard.
Sue leads Prayer Counseling Ministries as West Highland Church in Hamilton and is a graduate of Warner University in Christian education. She has continued more recently with courses of interest at Redeemer University. She is an instructor with the Women’s Ministries Institute (FEB Central), an avid reader and enjoys most sports. Sue is passionate about seeing people find Jesus as Savior and to know true freedom in Christ, through encountering truth in God’s word and through practical experiences in prayer. She has been married to Scott for 32 years and they have two adult children.
Glenn Horning, along with his wife Cheryl, reside in Grimsby Ontario and have 2 grown children. They have known Allan and Bonnie since 2008 (?) when they were originally neighbours in Hamilton. They have remained great friends and were with them through Allan's recovery. Glenn and Cheryl consider Allan and Bonnie an important part of their lives learning and growing together both spiritually and mentally as they live life together through fun times and rough patches. Glenn is proud to be on the board of a ministry that is committed to helping Christians become more aware of mental health challenges found in all of us and how to respond when someone is struggling. Glenn wants to continue encouraging Allan and Bonnie as they combat the stigmas of mental health issues, bring awareness to how easily any one of us can be affected no matter our mental and spiritual strength, and showing the church there are resources to combat self-doubt and despair.
Leah has worked in the social services field for close to twenty years. She began her career supporting children with exceptionalities in the school board and Autism Ontario programs. The last 18 years have been spent focusing on adults with a dual diagnosis and mental health challenges with a specialization in trauma. She has worked for both Bethesda Services and the Canadian Mental Health Association with COAST, Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, and their Safe Beds program. She has been teaching Mental Health First Aid for almost ten years to audiences across the province.
Barry is a Chartered Professional Accountant, is the Chartered Director of McMaster University and the University of Waterloo. He is the Chief Financial Officer of the First Ontario Credit Union Ltd and the Board of Director Chair of Audit and Risk Committee for the Central 1 Trust Company. He has served as Treasurer and Board Member of West Highland Church in Hamilton.
Barry has been married 33 years to Kim and they have three adult children.
Laura is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has her B.A in Psychology and M.A in Mental Health Counselling. She has been working in the mental health field for over ten years and spent the majority of her career as a mental health crisis worker for COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team). Laura is passionate about educating individuals to help decrease the stigma associated with mental health. She uses the knowledge gained as a front-line crisis worker to enhance the training she provides in the community. She is a Mental Health First Aid trainer and is also a member of the Niagara Suicide Prevention Collation. Currently, Laura has her own private practice and is a college professor.
Martin Lamb grew up on the mission field, in Papua New Guinea, with New Tribes Mission. Since that time, God has continued to burn the passion in his heart for reaching unreached people groups. He served 14 years as Development Director for Gospel For Asia and now helps with public relations and development with New Tribes Mission.
This life experience together with his upbringing on the mission field, has given Martin a great sense of responsibility to challenge the Church here in Canada with the urgent cry of the unreached.
Lorraine is the Operations Administrator for Agora Network Ministries. She is retired after 47 years in the work force and has encountered who own mental wellness struggles.
She brings experience in management and taking the lead on many projects at Mohawk College and church ministry.
A resident of Fonthill, Ontario, Len is a 25+ year event and video producer. He’s produced events for every major sports team in Toronto and created commercials and video content for major organizations and corporations.
In 2010, he was awarded the March of Dimes ‘Community Partnership Award’ as a result of volunteering his time producing their annual television commercials for their Stroke Recovery Program.
In addition to his freelance event work, he currently manages the social media and video production at Redeemer Bible Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario.