Christine’s Place pregnancy & family support centre is a Christian organization which seeks to provide compassionate help to all who are struggling with, or have previously been affected by an unplanned pregnancy. We desire to be a place of safety, coming alongside our clients as they navigate the challenging circumstances in their lives. In all things we want each person to know how incredibly valuable they are, upholding the great value of the unborn as we do this.
Christine’s Place began as a dream in a young woman’s heart. A dream to honour her birth mother and to make a difference in the lives of others who may find themselves alone and unsupported as they try to navigate an unplanned pregnancy.
Christine was a young teenager who found herself pregnant, alone and without support. She did not feel that she had many options but she did choose to continue with her pregnancy and place her baby for adoption. Her baby was cared for and raised by loving adoptive parents, and grew to become a wonderful young woman. Overtime this young woman connected with her birth mother, Christine. She shared stories with her birth mother of her wonderful upbringing and thanked her for making the choices that she did. Sadly, Christine never did find a place where she felt loved and accepted. She ended up suffering with addictions that led to her premature death several years ago.
Jenn Adair is that baby, Christine’s daughter. She was part of the team that established Christine’s Place and now serves as the board Chair. This is the story that began our efforts. Our hope and goal is to provide a place of love and refuge for other “Christine’s”. We believe that no matter what challenges an individual is facing, compassion, kindness and practical options will always enrich lives.
Executive Director – Cathy Birnie
After more than 20+ years of serving in full-time life-affirming ministry, Cathy Birnie has joined our team at Christine’s Place. Cathy brings vast experience to the position, which includes serving as Executive Director of PRC-Brantford for over 17 years and serving as the Executive Director of Hope Pregnancy Centre in Parry Sound. firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre Director – Dottie Barber
Dottie carries the “heart” of this ministry. She has been an instrumental part of the initial group that worked for three years before the doors actually opened in October 2011. Since that time Dottie has served as the Centre Director, providing support and care to the many who have reached out to us for help. email@example.com
Therapist / Counsellor – Mark Vanderlip Campbell
Mark joined us while completing his internship in Counselling Psychology and continues to work with Christine’s Place as a counsellor/psychotherapist. He has worked as a Mental Health Worker and Child and Youth Worker and brings experience in walking alongside both individuals, couples and families experiencing challenging circumstances and life seasons. Mark is passionate about the work of Christine’s Place and providing valuable counselling to clients.
Our Board of Directors
Jenn Adair was part of the initial team that established Christine’s place and now serves as Board Chair. Motivated to see vulnerable women cared for and supported, she has been instrumental in helping to establish and continue this important work in our community.
Patti Hanrath is a tremendous leader and motivator, combining her expertise in building strong teams with her passion to help and serve those in need. She is the founder of Kinergy Leadership.
Pastor Kaj is the senior pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Muskoka. He has a desire to see a compassionate response to the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy, through the practical expression of faith in action.
Mike Harrower is an accomplished business leader and communicator. His wisdom and business acumen continue to help Christine’s Place grow and respond to the needs in our community.
Jason Sifft is the General Manager of Muskoka Lumber, a thoughtful leader with experience in organizational growth. As a husband and father of two daughters, he has a heart for women and families in need and hopes to respond to those that feel marginalized in our community.
Christine’s Place is so appreciative of the many volunteers who have shared their time, talents and resources to help us provide the best care possible to our clients. We always need help so if there is something you would like to get involved with, let us know.
Christine’s Place is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services, CAPSS