Today, our President and CEO Matthew Pearce announced his plans to retire in September 2020 after nearly 13 years at the helm of the Mission, one of Canada’s foremost non-profit organizations on the frontline of homelessness.
“Since 2008, Matthew has led the Old Brewery Mission through a period of significant growth and phenomenal transformation that have inspired other organizations to adopt the Mission’s approaches to end chronic homelessness. We are all deeply grateful to Matthew for his vision, leadership, and innovative achievements and he will be missed,” said the Chair of our Board, Eric Maldoff. “Matthew, who was recently awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, leaves an impressive legacy not only on the Old Brewery Mission, but on the homeless-serving sector as a whole. He will be passing the reins over to James Hughes, who was the Mission’s Director General from 2004 until 2008,” he added.
During Matthew’s tenure, the Mission has undergone fundamental changes that include:
For Matthew, the decision to retire was a bittersweet one. “I will leave the Old Brewery Mission filled with immense appreciation to have worked with an exceptional group of committed and talented professionals, both within the Mission’s walls and throughout the homeless-serving sector in Canada, on a common goal to prevent and end chronic homelessness in our lifetime. This experience has been the highlight of my career. I’ll remember with much gratitude and admiration my time with my colleagues, our generous donors as well as the many people who have come to our doors,” he said.
James Hughes, who edited the book Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines, as well as other publications centered on poverty, social inclusion and Indigenous affairs, says he is honoured to have been chosen to take the helm. “I’ve been so impressed with how the Old Brewery Mission has evolved over the last decade as a key player at the forefront of ending chronic homelessness in Canada. We will continue to challenge the status quo and work with others to find sustainable solutions to this social problem,” said James. ”I look forward to hitting the ground running and working with our teams, our donors and partners to build a more inclusive society where everyone has a place to call home.”
Eric Maldoff adds that the choice to offer James the opportunity to succeed Matthew and lead the Mission’s next phase of evolution was a natural one. “Under his watch as Director General, James planted the seeds for the Mission’s current focus on reducing homelessness permanently through long-term solutions. He has an impeccable reputation for championing social inclusion and helping to reduce poverty and end chronic homelessness in Canada. We are excited to see what this next phase will bring.”
As our leadership changes, the journey to ending homelessness continues. We look forward to you joining us in it!