Onward and Upward

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Dave Toycen in his office, 2015.

For the past 19 years​ I have had a dream job—one that touches my deepest values. I have been part of an organization that is profoundly motivated by Christian faith to make a difference in the lives of children and families around the world. And I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to represent you, as a World Vision supporter, in our shared concern for the well-being of children.

The passion to make a difference is still strong in my heart, but as I begin my retirement June 1, my journey as the president of World Vision Canada is coming to its completion. It’s time for another person with the same passion to work alongside you to change the lives of children. 

I am delighted to introduce you to World Vision Canada’s next president and CEO, Michael Messenger​

Like me, Michael is committed to World Vision’s mission. In fact, he’s shown that commitment since he first started working with us back in 1990, when, as a fresh university grad, he was hired as an intern. Michael has gained a wealth of experience since then, both inside and outside our organization. Since 2010, he’s been our executive vice president, working very closely with me to lead the organization. He’s passionate about the well-being of children. He’s a dedicated follower of Jesus. And he’s committed to working inclusively with Canadians across this country. 

As you get to know him, I know you’ll find Michael to be a fervent and trusted advocate. He’s keen to hear from you, and to work with you in bringing transformation to the lives of children. And at a time when there is so much change and innovation in our world, Michael has the leadership experience, the curiosity and the creative mindset to find new ways to make our shared work even more effective for kids.

I’m looking forward to seeing the amazing ways Michael and the rest of the team move forward. I’ll be praying for God’s blessing as they continue to pursue life and bright futures for children. I will continue to be engaged in issues that make a difference for children.

Thank you for making my World Vision work so special. You have been a constant encouragement, and with your support, we’ve accomplished so much together. Keep Michael in your prayers and watch for exciting things in the days ahead!


A version of this article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of Childview.




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