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Lorna Dueck

Host

Lorna Dueck has explored the intersection of journalism and Christianity for over 30 years.  That curiosity led to the creation of Media Voice Generation, (MVG) a community held Canadian charity that exists to create boundary-breaking media that reveals Christ.

Context with Lorna Dueck is the flagship TV show and online production of MVG.  Lorna enjoys interviewing culture-shaping guests for any evidence of God.  The award winning program is produced from Toronto, airs on seven networks, and is seen Sunday mornings on Canada’s largest network, Global TV.    Lorna is a regular commentary writer on faith and public life in Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and a frequent media commentator. She has travelled the world reporting on church-led response to humanitarian crisis.

Lorna began her media career in radio with Golden West Broadcasting in Manitoba, and began Christian TV work in 1994 as the co host of Canada’s longest running daily talk show, 100 Huntley Street, and has published hundreds of articles in various outlets. Lorna completed her undergraduate studies at Tyndale University College in Toronto, and earned a Master of Arts in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College.  She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Trinity, Tyndale and Briercrest Universities. Lorna has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian society.

Lorna and Vern live in Burlington, Ontario, have been married over three decades, and delight in the adventures of their grown son and daughter. 

Jeff Groenewald

President and CEO

Jeff Groenewald has spent 27 years in non-profit organization leadership.  After graduating from Western University, Jeff spent 19 years working with Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).  During those years, Jeff led the work on Canadian university campuses, and took students and professionals on mission projects in South and Central America, Central and South East Asia, and the Middle East. 

From 2007-2013, Jeff worked as the Director of Development and Strategy at “Context with Lorna Dueck”.  Jeff led a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to elevate the organization’s profile, and relocate the broadcast ministry to space in the CBC Headquarters building on Front Street in downtown Toronto. 

From 2013 to 2014, Jeff was the President and CEO of Opportunity International, a leading microfinance organization working in 23 developing nations across Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

In 2015, Jeff was named President and CEO of Context with Lorna Dueck/Media Voice Generation.     

Jeff lives in Guelph, Ontario, is married to Andrea (an entrepreneur with two privately owned businesses) and they have two children in university – Rowan (24) and Rachel (21).  In his spare time, he enjoys golf, music, and home renovation projects.

Michelle Berry

Fund Development Officer

Michelle is Film and Television graduate with independent films that have been featured in TIFF and the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (Hot Docs). In her spare time, Michelle enjoys creating media content, time with friends and super heroes! 

Natalia D'Amico

Web Evangelist

Natalia is a journalist and social media aficionado with a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University. She has a passion for telling great stories online. She is currently the managing editor for 4Corners Brampton and has worked with many other non-profits. She spends her spare time writing, and dreaming up video ideas.

Michelle Friesen

Coordinating Associate Director

Michelle is delighted to be joining the Context team from CBC as a Coordinating Associate Director.  Michelle has eight years of experience at the CBC working on programs such as News Now, The Exchange with Amanda Lang, The Passionate Eye, Marketplace and for Commission and Scripted programming. Prior to CBC, Michelle graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Film Studies. She has experience as a freelancer working at Raptors NBA TV and Global TV.  

Linda Gould

Fund Development Assistant

Linda is passionate about seeing God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven—in peoples lives, cities and nations.   Her background is in Administration (Corporate & Non-Profit) in Burlington & Vancouver. Linda resides in Burlington with her husband of 20 years and 3 growing children.  

Darren Kaulback

Supervising Producer / Director

Darren has directed several television series for both national and international markets. His work has aired on Global, CTV, YTV, SportsNet, TSN, CBC Newsworld, Vision TV, PBS, The Outdoor Life Network, The SuperChannel (UK), and PAX. Darren currently resides in Hamilton, ON with his wife and two daughters.

Stephen Lazarus

Writer/Producer

Stephen is a public policy researcher and writer who enjoys exploring the importance of faith in Canada's public square. He served for ten years as a think tank analyst and program director at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC before immigrating to Canada in 2008 to marry his wife, Judith. Stephen and Judith have two young boys, Isaiah and Aaron, who teach them much about life. Stephen brings to CONTEXT a love of people, politics and justice, as well as a desire to connect people with engaging ideas for their lives and work.

Clecia Louzado

Director of Finance

Clecia is a Chartered Professional Accountant with experience in Human Resources. She got her Bachelors of Commerce at University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her HR certification. She has always wanted to work for a company that makes a positive, uplifting difference in the world and feels she has found that in Context. She has two young boys who are the light of her life and keep her on her toes.

Sheldon Neil

Host/Producer

Sheldon was born in Canada’s national capital city – Ottawa, Ontario. Inspiring change, healing and hope through music is something Sheldon has been doing from a young age. He is an ordained minister, with the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of Apostolic Faith. He holds a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University. He has worked as a reporter and as production staff for CBC Windsor and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. Sheldon has hosted his own radio show and currently hosts his own online TV show. 

Josh Sam

Videographer-Editor

Josh is videographer-editor who comes from a background in commercials and film. He has filmed many live musical events ranging from the Blue Man Group to Justin Timberlake. Josh has a passion for documentary film and is working towards a documentary based in South Sudan. He is recently married and lives in Toronto. 

Sacha Sewhdat

Producer

Sacha is a freelance writer, producer, and director who co-founded Red Egg Entertainment in 2011. He co-produced Believers, a 2013 documentary about religion and majorMINORS, a miniseries that aired on Rogers in 2015. He currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area and is a bit of a big deal, but he's no Josh Sam. 

Molly Thomas

Host/Producer

Molly Thomas is an anchor, host, producer, writer and video journalist from Regina, Saskatchewan, where she led the top-rated morning show in the province for almost 3 years. She has worked for all three major networks in Canada and the Rwandan national news station abroad. Molly joined Context last year when she started her MA at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She has a passion for international stories and recently travelled to Iraq and Jordan, reporting on the plight of internally displaced persons and Syrian refugees. 

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