Pieter van Ewijk

Pieter van Ewijk

Hello! I’m Pieter, and I’m the Director of Administration and Finance. 

I am responsible for writing, reviewing, updating & implementing Policies, Procedures, & Systems; Financial Analysis and Budgeting; Human Resources, and I also wear the ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ hat.  It’s much more interesting than it sounds!

I am most passionate about people. And structure. And Budgets. Definitely Budgets. 😉

All kidding aside, I am very much a people-person, and I think that’s why the Human Resource function has landed on my desk as well. Often misunderstandings and issues come from mis- or missed communications, and I try to work on issues before they become bigger issues.

Romans 12:16 is how God brought me to the Mission: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” — I think it is me God has brought to a low position.

I’m thrilled to be at the Mission, developing systems for the team, and bringing more structure as we continue to move from ‘mom & pop’ to an extensive organization with 6 sites/campuses [Mission, Genesis Connect for Women, Segue I & II; Parkside & Libertas].

Prior to coming to Streets Alive, I managed a Saputo Cheese factory for almost 5 years, and I also managed the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum for nearly 4 years. I hold a Diploma of Technology in Operations Management from BCIT, and I used to have a cheesemaker’s license. How many cheesemakers do you know? 🧀

I have a slight accent, so people often ask where I’m from. I grew up in Westbroek, near Utrecht, in the Netherlands. I have traveled quite a bit, visiting 9 out of 10 Canadian provinces and about 20 US States, as well as vacationing on Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) in the Caribbean.

My wife, April, and I have a number of adopted, biological and foster children in our home (the actual number varies). My happiest place to be is either in my basement reading a good book, or riding my motorcycle. Speaking of books, April and I have over 10,000 books (the actual number grows)!  I’m also writing a book about Canada’s Third Prime Minister: “POWER BROKER, The Life and Politics of John J.C. Abbott”.

One person I really admire is Großadmiral Karl Dönitz. And the Apostle Paul. He got it. He really got it.

It’s not a motto, per se, but something I try to remember is: “Each day is a new day, do the best you can.”

After getting stuck in Ecclesiastes 1:17 for a while: “Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.”

Colossians 1:27 gives me hope: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”