Matthew Pearce named Director General of the Old Brewery Mission



    MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Ronald Lawless, the president of the
board of directors of the Old Brewery Mission, Quebec's largest organization
serving homeless men and women, announced today the appointment of Matthew
Pearce to the position of Director General. Mr. Pearce, whose background in
the development of community and social programs in the non-profit sector
spans more than two decades, assumes the post left vacant when James Hughes
accepted a position with the New Brunswick government.
    "The Old Brewery Mission has gone through some very transformative years,
stated Mr. Lawless. "The skills, experience and leadership Matthew brings in
such areas as social development, government and corporate relations and human
resources management are strong attributes that are aligned with our ultimate
objective of taking people from homelessness to a better place to heal."
    A graduate of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, the trilingual
Mr. Pearce has devoted his entire professional career to not-for-profit
causes, including 22 years of service with Canada World Youth, of which he was
the President and CEO from 1999 to 2005. Canada World Youth is an organization
that designs and delivers international education programs for young men and
women, with a focus on volunteer work and community development in a
cross-cultural setting.
    Mr. Pearce also has experience in the private sector. Prior to joining
the Old Brewery Mission, he was the founding president of International
Network for Corporate Responsibility, a company that provides a range of
services to the private sector to help promote increased effectiveness,
responsibility and sustainability of various programs.
    "Throughout my professional career, I have been deeply committed to such
causes as social justice and enhancing the well-being of the human condition,"
said Mr. Pearce. "The Old Brewery Mission has done, and continues to do
outstanding work in this regard. I look forward with great enthusiasm to
enjoining my efforts to those of our staff, partners and stakeholders in
rendering comprehensive services to our clientele and seeking long-term
solutions to homeless-related issues."
    Mr. Pearce was named to the Director General position on the
recommendation of a search committee set up by the Old Brewery Mission to find
a successor to Mr. Hughes.

    Founded in 1889, the Old Brewery Mission provides homeless Montreal
adults with meals, overnight shelter, transitional residence, clothing and
services in an atmosphere of caring and respect. It operates a combined
488 beds in its four pavilions across the city. The organization's central
mission is to help homeless people get out of the shelters and move to an
appropriate housing alternative. It currently offers transitional programs
aimed at providing support and assistance to its clients as they gain greater
stability and autonomy, and re-integrate into society.




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