The folks behind inasmuch
We have hundreds of people who volunteer with us and support us financially - and we are so grateful to them - the picture at the top of this page shows just a few of them. This page will introduce you to our founders and our team so you’ll know who’s who and what they do!
Dawn-Lynn started Inasmuch in 2010. She and her family spent five years in Swaziland and had first hand experience with refugees from the Rwandan genocide. When they came back to Canada they had the privilege of sponsoring a family of six from Rwanda. Dawn-Lynn is the mother of two and the grandmother of four.
Peter graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Applied Science then had a 40 year career spanning the military, engineering, missions in Africa, Asia and South America, leadership, and people development. His greatest delight in life is his family including four grandkids that are very close to his heart.
Inasmuch was born from a vision given by God to Dawn-Lynn and Peter. They continue to feel so blessed with their relationships with current and past inasmuch family members.
Richard - Executive Director
Richard is a passionate advocate for refugee claimants and loves to remove barriers to service access, giving them the very best start to their new lives in Canada.
Prior to working for Inasmuch he was Employee Experience Manager at a large manufacturing company. He has an extensive background in HR, corporate communications and marketing. Originally from the UK, Richard immigrated to Canada in 2011 and has been a resident of the Fraser Valley ever since.
Tammy - Community Engagement and Housing Manager
As an immigrant to Canada herself, Tammy knows the struggles and challenges of starting over and the generosity of community. While working in insurance, she started a soup kitchen at her church which grew so large that the program had to seek out a new location. A few years later she was ED of CityReach Care Society where she laid the foundation for what is now one of the leading food security programs in Vancouver.
She joined Inasmuch in 2017 as its first paid employee working as an Admin Assistant / Settlement Worker, but now organizes our volunteers and helps families obtain permanent housing.
Angela - Head of ESL and Education
Angela came to Canada from the UK, and loves being able to help all newcomers feel at home here. She has been teaching and managing the English Language and Canadian Culture program at Inasmuch since 2015 and works with a growing team of amazing volunteer teachers.
Before Inasmuch, she taught, wrote materials and ran programs at various universities and language schools in the UK, Japan, and Canada. She also teaches part-time on an MA program at a local university.
Angela enjoys studying and learning, as well as teaching. She has an MA and PhD in Sociolinguistics and has studied French, Spanish, and Japanese.
Alissa - Settlement Worker
Alissa joined Inasmuch from SOS in Vancouver where she worked as a refugee claimant Housing Search Worker.
She recently graduated from UFV with a BA in Global Development Studies, and has hands on experience working cross-culturally in communities in south-eastern Africa. She’s also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.
Lori and Gary - Hosts
After a cross-continent courtship, Gary and Lori married in Florida in 1987. While raising four daughters, they served as: house parents for single pregnant girls, lay missionaries in Venezuela, and pastors of an inner city church in Miami. They have deep roots in cross-cultural ministry throughout their marriage and love ethnic foods of all kinds.
Currently, Lori carries the main responsibility of making refugee claimants feel at home and Gary teaches business at Trinity Western University.
Lisa - Host
As a grad student recently relocated to BC, Lisa first came to Inasmuch as a volunteer and, along with a small group of students, shared a meal with the Inasmuch family one rainy fall evening in 2017. The warmth of the people, the home, and the mission of Inasmuch made a deep impression. She was thrilled to have the opportunity a year later to step into the role of host for the families coming into the new home. Extending welcome to refugees is dear to her heart, and she has had the opportunity to live that out in her home state of Texas, her adopted state of Colorado, and now her new home in BC.