Majors Mark and Isobel Wagner
Mark is a fourth generation officer of The Salvation Army. He was commissioned and ordained as an “Ambassador for Christ” in 1989. He holds the following academic qualifications: BTh (Ontario Bible College, now Tyndale University), BA (Waterloo), MA (University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto), MDiv (Ontario Theological Seminary, now Tyndale Seminary), STM (Regis College in the University of Toronto), and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Mark has been married to Isobel since 1982 and shares life and ministry with her. They have five adult children and seven grandchildren. With Isobel, Mark spent 28 years in joint pastoral ministry, serving Salvation Army congregations across Canada. Mark planted two of those churches (Richmond Hill and Westsong in Victoria) while he was working on his DMin with a focus in church planting. He had additional responsibility as an Area Commander in British Columbia for three years.
He spent a term as the Dean of the School for Continuing Studies at Booth University College and another at The Salvation Army headquarters in Toronto resourcing churches across Canada and Bermuda. He was interim pastor at North Toronto Community Church before taking on his current role as lead pastor at Kelowna Community Church.
Donna Thibideau – Director of Business Administration
Donna Thibideau has worked for The Salvation Army since 1990, working in administrative roles in Courtney, BC and Gibsons, BC. She moved to Kelowna in 2005 and assumed her current role as Business Manager. Donna has been an active member of The Salvation Army since she was a teenager and has a dedicated passion for the mission of our work! Donna and her husband Gord have been married for over 38 years and have four children and three very adored grandchildren. In her spare time Donna has taken up acrylic painting, power lifting, and continued studies in management and in contemplative prayer. She is also trained as a facilitator for the Enneagram.
Sonia Withers – Community Ministries Coordinator
Sonia is a French Canadian, raised in British Columbia, but always feeling the pull back to her roots and family in Quebec.
She has been with the Community Ministries team since 2012 assisting with everything from family services, event planning, overseeing the Emergency Foodbank and assisting with disaster support both locally and within Canada.
Her passion lies however with advocating for people who may be perceived as disadvantaged but are truly just looking to bring out their best selves. “Every day we encounter people at the Community Life Center who just need to know they are seen and are important to this world. Being here everyday is the best way I can do that”, she says.
Prior to coming to the Salvation Army Sonia worked for 16 years in the field of Human Services and in Tourism promoting our beautiful city before that.
Angela Stadnyk – Volunteer Coordinator
Angela joined the team as our Volunteer Coordinator in May 2018, having served since 2012 in multiple departments, and most recently as the Manager of our Rutland Thrift Store.
Angela comes from a large family that is full of love and adventure. She bring a passion for life, for people, and for the mission of The Salvation Army. She believes in living every moment to the fullest and always has a smile on her face – especially when she gets to interact with others!