Board of Directors
Eric has served as a board director since 2012 and currently serves as the chair. He is married to Val and has five children and five grandchildren.
The Phinneys live in Grandbay-Westfield, N.B. just outside of Saint John. Eric recently retired as Rector of St. James the Less Church Church after 21 years. He is the chaplain to seafarers in the port of Saint John, and a consultant with the Governance Coach.
Eric also chairs a small medical mission and is on the board of a local zoo. He enjoys building small boats and sailing larger ones in the Saint John River system and along the coast of Maine and New Brunswick. He has recently completed an extended cruise down the eastern coast to the Bahamas and back.
Eric’s emphasis in ministry has always been on understanding and proclaiming clearly the Word of God, as well as seeing that people are engaged in worship that is life-transforming. Hands-on practical ministry is also something that Eric loves to do, whether that is fixing a water pump on a car, removing ticks from a parishioner’s dog, or building and maintaining a website for a small mission organization.
Darcy McAlister serves as a Field Director in Asia for the PAOC’s South East Asia District. He also works with his wife, Leanne, as part of the leadership team for ZOE Networks, which works to empower women globally. They divide their time between Abbotsford and Asia and have become excellent packers! Darcy has his MA in Leadership, and he and Leanne enjoy investing in global leaders, their marriages, and their families. Darcy is really enjoying serving on Wycliffe’s board. As a child, he had a curiosity about and a passion for Bible translation as his uncle and aunt translated the Bible into the Chien language in Liberia. The McAlisters attend Living Waters Church in Fort Langley and have 3 married children.
Cal joined the Wycliffe Canada board in 2017 and currently serves as chair of the audit committee. Cal is a chartered professional accountant. For the past 25 years, he has worked in industry with various organizations in both the private and public sectors, as a financial manager and financial controller.
Over the years Cal has also served on a number of church boards. In the last five years he has done a number of short-term mission trips, and recently had the opportunity to attend a New Testament dedication in Papua New Guinea on behalf of Wycliffe Canada. Cal is also active in his local church, working in the area of men’s ministry.
He has two adult children and lives in Calgary.
Antoinette van Kuik
Antoinette’s life experience has been characterized by diversity. The daughter of Dutch Reformed parents who immigrated from Holland just before she was born, Antoinette grew up in a Mennonite church and town in Saskatchewan. She met her husband, Dr. Henry Fast, while attending a Christian & Missionary Alliance church and they have been members of the inter-denominational Church of The Way in Winnipeg since 1983. She pursued post-secondary education in piano, sociology, music history, and educational administration. She has lived in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario and traveled in every Canadian province.
After retiring from a fulfilling career as vice-president for college academics at Providence University College, Antoinette now fills her time with volunteer work. In addition to serving at Wycliffe Canada, she is presently Chair of the A Rocha Canada Board of Directors. She serves as the volunteer engagement services team lead for the Diabetes Canada in Manitoba.
After a career in the Christian higher education sector, Antoinette is happy to bring her experience to the Wycliffe board. Retirement allows her greater time to cultivate creativity through photography, stained glass and detailed stitching projects. She also enjoys time for visiting with friends and getting to know her grandchildren. In addition, Antoinette and her husband Henry enjoy traveling throughout Canada. They have a “bucket list” goal of visiting as many of Canada’s national parks as possible—having supported these parks through their taxes for some time now. She and her husband live in Manitoba.
Chantelle Little is an entrepreneur whose greatest passion is creating something from nothing. She founded Tiller Digital in 2008, where she focuses on leading the Tiller team and shepherding client projects from a strategic and creative technology perspective. Today Tiller serves organizations from all over the world, from small businesses to some of the world’s most well known brands. A tech and business enthusiast, Chantelle also loves real estate, coffee and business books. Maybe not in that order.
Chantelle is an alumna of Ambrose University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During her time at Ambrose, she founded the Ambrose Business Society, founded Tiller Digital, and earned the honour of undergraduate valedictorian.
More than anything, Chantelle is passionate about reading, teaching and sharing the Word of God with others. At her church, Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, she serves in the young adults ministry and is also actively engaged in small group and one-on-one discipleship ministries.
Deborah Shadd serves in the role of Senior Manager of Capacity Building and Innovation at the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship, working closely with the United Bible Societies’ Global Bible Translation team to provide training and support to translators and translation consultants around the globe.
Born and raised in a strong Christian home in London, ON, Deborah first became interested in Bible translation after attending a ‘Discover Wycliffe’ day during the final year of her undergraduate degree. Her interest and passion for the work grew as she went on to pursue graduate studies, first in applied linguistics and exegesis at the Canada Institute of Linguistics, and then in translation studies at the University of Ottawa. She has been a freelance translator and a teacher at both the high school and university levels. In her current position, she works to develop research and training initiatives in service to Bible translators and other translation professionals, and to facilitate co-operation and collaboration between Bible agencies as we labour together toward a common goal.
Deborah believes deeply in the importance of local church ministry and has been involved in many aspects of it over the years, from leading worship to teaching Bible studies to volunteering in the church office. Now living in Kitchener, ON,, she remains passionate about her involvement in missions and in ministry.
Jeff came to faith at a University Fellowship in his undergraduate program and became introduced to Wycliffe through meeting his wife Jayninn, who had once completed an internship with Wycliffe in the Solomon Islands. Jeff is actively involved in his community and his church, through committee work at Foothills Alliance Church and was the co-founder of McGen 1.5 Calgary, a professional networking organization.Jeff has most recently been involved as a volunteer with Wycliffe Canada, serving as a member of Wycliffe Canada’s Investment Committee. Jeff and Jayninn, along with their dog Toby, call Calgary home. Jeff received his Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and also attended the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Calgary. Jeff currently works as Portfolio Manager with Mawer Investment Management Ltd in Calgary. Managing over $2 billion of client assets, Jeff and his team specialize in analyzing Canadian public companies. In addition to the rigorous business analysis this role entails, he has analyzed the corporate governance of many of these companies, often making suggestions to public boards and CEOs. Jeff is often quoted in business publications and his writings on executive compensation have also been published in the Globe & Mail. He was named the 2014 Morningstar Domestic Fund Manager of the year.
Bishop Larry Beardy
Bishop Larry Beardy was born in Churchill, Manitoba—also known as Mantaoo Sipi (Stranger River)—to parents who lived a very traditional way of life. Beardy attended Mackay Indian Student residential school in Dauphin, Manitoba from age 8 to 16. He has a Bachelor of Teaching degree in education and worked as a teacher before being ordained a priest in 2000. Beardy served as executive archdeacon for the former diocese of Keewatin. He was a member of the Anglican Church of Canada’s team in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Beardy received an honorary doctorate in divinity from the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in recognition of this and his work in education. He has been a member of the Council of General Synod, an officer of the Anglican Church of Canada. as well as the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. Beardy has also served in his home community as councillor and chief.
Beardy was consecrated first indigenous suffragan bishop of the Northern Manitoba Area Mission – a grouping of parishes within the indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh , at a ceremony at Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba on September 23, 2018. Also, he serves as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Brandon, The Pas Deanery- a group of northern Manitoba parishes, and in Missinippi- a group of northern Parishes in the Diocese of Saskatchewan, serving a total of 42 parishes in the vast territories in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Bishop Larry is fluent in the Muskeg Cree. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have recently celebrated their 45th year wedding anniversary. They have 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Constance is a partner in STAMP, a boutique consultancy with expertise in sales and marketing, business technology, advanced analytics, and management consulting.
Constance holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, where her thesis focused on microcredit lending programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College, where she also studied Hebrew and the history and literature of Judaism.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Constance lives in Montreal with her husband Anthony. She participates in the faith community of Evangel Pentecostal Church, whose motto is “Do good. Love each other. Reveal Jesus.”
Field Member Advisers
Field member advisers provide information and insight to the board on board issues, from a broad field perspective. They address board issues that could have an impact on field work, or the Wycliffe Canada staff on the field.
Doug and his wife, Phyllis, served in Asia for 25 years (1981 to 2006) where his primary responsibilities included sociolinguistic survey, linguistic analysis and documentation, Scripture translation, and lexicography consulting. Since 2006, Doug has been teaching translation courses at the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL), where he also now serves as VP for Academic Affairs. He has been greatly challenged and energized by highly engaged students and staff at CanIL, and is grateful for the opportunity to now serve Wycliffe Canada through involvement on the board.
Doug attended Providence College (1974-77, then called Winnipeg Bible College), and took his linguistics and translation training through the Summer Institute of Linguistics program in Dallas, Texas, and later through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and Phyllis have three adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys reading, canoeing, biking, and spending time with family and good friends.
Rob and Kara live in Ethiopia, where Rob first worked with a mother-tongue New Testament translation team (which is now in the type-setting phase). Several years ago, Rob transitioned into the role of programs director for the Bible translation services, scripture engagement and digital media work conducted by SIL in Ethiopia, one of Wycliffe’s key field partners. Rob is excited to be working with local churches and ministries as they take the lead in identifying Bible translation needs and as they have ownership in using the translated Word of God. Kara is involved with the girls’ school and works with the SIL Human Resources team in Addis Ababa. Rob and Kara have been members of Wycliffe Canada since 2012 and they have three daughters.