Our People

Our Volunteers

We are blessed tremendously with a great bunch of volunteers at Helping Hands Street Mission. Our clothing store, cafe, and programs wouldn’t run if it wasn’t for people, just like yourself, who give their time to bless those in our community. We can never have too many volunteers, so if you have a few hours a week or a month we would love for you to consider giving your time to us. Ask any one here and they will tell you that you will leave this place blessed!

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors also consists of a great group of individuals who sacrifice their time to help. They meet monthly to plan and review the logistics and operations of Helping Hands. Several of our board members have been a part of Helping Hands from the very early days, and all have a huge heart for the people in the Barton Street Community, and the expansion of God’s Kingdom here!

Our Staff

Outreach Worker: Marion Van den Akker

MarionMarion has a heart for the community and the people of Barton Street . In November 2008 she moved to the area to be part of an intentional living community known as Matthew 25 House. The young adults in this house engaged with people in the community and were strong supports to many of our friends as well as to us at the mission. The Outreach Worker position has given her the opportunity to continue to build relationships in various ways both inside and outside of the mission.


Executive Director: Corrine Hardie

_DSC1519 Corrine started volunteering with Helping Hands in 2011, in the clothing store and at Barton Street Café on Friday nights. She has also served a term on the Board of Directors, while working full time applying behavioural support programs to the daily lives of adults with developmental disabilities. Corrine continued to develop her ministry leadership skills, while attending Women’s Ministries Institute through Heritage College and Seminary. She is passionate about the life changing gift of spiritual healing and restoration that is offered through Jesus Christ, and the impact this can have in the lives of our friends in the Barton Street Community.