HISTORY

The Vision

It was over 20 years ago that the current Pastor of the Cambridge Preston Church of the Nazarene, Pastor Jennifer Turner, as a young mother of 4, was looking for help for her children. She discovered that because she did not live in the catchment area of the local community centre, she would be put on a waiting list. With this experience in mind, Pastor Jenn began to dream about a community centre in Preston.

In 2017 Pastor Mark Kitzman felt it was time to move forward on the dream and saw the vision of a building on the property. In 2018 the dream developed to include ministry to veterans in crisis. The name Freedom Centre came from the verse from Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

BOARD MEMBERS

Pastor Jenn Turner

Jenn Turner is a community member and visionary for the Freedom Centre. She is a recovering addict, with a wealth of life experience. She is experienced with conflict management and working with people in crisis and conflict with the law.


Ken Turner

is a Mechanical Engineer and brings a wealth of expertise in IT. Ken also brings a lifetime of experience being married to a recovered addict. He brings creativity and passion to the table. (Non-voting community member)


Rev. Rosmary Redshaw

An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and the Coordinator for the Freedom Centre. Rosemary, who is a strong advocate for the marginalized, spent 27 years working as a Chaplain in Provincial and Federal corrections. Her experience has given her exposure to the needs of people in crisis from young offenders, to adult men and women; and shaped her advocacy for the marginalized.


Jim Tolmie MWO

As our representative for the veterans, we have Jim, who spent 37 years as a medic and physician’s assistant in the Canadian Forces. Jim is also the South Western Ontario Field Operations Manager for VETS Canada and brings first-hand working experience with struggling veterans. Jim also has experience in family medicine and recently completed his Behavioral Addiction and Addiction Counselling Skills.


Ron Budhu

Ron Budhu is enjoying his retirement life from accounting following the last 17 years of his career as a Senior Financial Analyst with the City of Toronto. Prior to the political environment, Ron spent 25 years of an illustrious financial career with Volvo in Canada, the USA, Sweden and England. He is motivated daily in his walk with Christ by his beautiful wife, Dolly, with whom they have two children and two grandchildren. Ron continues to use his talent in his church, currently serving as Treasurer in the Cambridge-Preston Church of the Nazarene.


John Leistra

ohn Leistra worked for almost 30 years as a Biomedical Electronic Technologist at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He retired from full-time work there in 2011. From 2001 till present, John has been servicing the patient care equipment used by the Region of Waterloo EMS Paramedic Service, Waterloo Region Police Services, and the Fire Departments in Cambridge and Kitchener. He has joined the Freedom Centre board because of his interest in helping create housing for struggling and homeless Canadian Military Veterans. John sits on the Board as a non-voting community member.


Tim Riley CPL

Tim is an army veteran who has traveled the world and experienced many highs and experienced divorce, incarceration, and depression. At his bottom, he sought Jesus and established a strong personal relationship with Jesus. He is also active on the board of directors for New Life Prison Ministries and their aftercare programs and mentors others. He strives to be salt and light in his workplace, where he is a crew leader and chief union steward. He is passionate to be of help to make the Freedom Centre loving and impactful for the community and veterans in need. Tim is a non-voting member.


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