Leadership

Bruce Curtiss - Executive Director

With 15+ experience, Bruce brings a strong background not only as Senior Chaplain and Manager of Union Gospel Mission located in Vancouver’s downtown east side, but as a coach, mentor and servant to marginalized communities in greatest need of a hand-up. Together, we look forward to working with him to fulfill our vision: a compassionate community where the cycles of poverty have been broken and lives restored in Victoria!

Allan Lingwood - Director of Development

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Allan brings with him a wealth of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. He has served in senior leadership roles in Victoria, his hometown, and Calgary and holds an MBA from UVic, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads.  Allan’s skill set, experience and education only compliments his integrity and passion to serve those marginalized.

Sean Lewis - Church Pastor

Sean has been the founder of many ministries in the Victoria region and has been dedicated to empowering people through these ministries with the message of Jesus Christ since 2006. While serving at The Mustard Seed Street Church Sean is studying to complete his Masters in Divinity to add to his diploma in counseling. It’s Sean’s heart that the Church in Victoria will be used to minister to people in need, and operate in the power of God.

Brent Palmer - Director of Stakeholder Engagement

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Brent Palmer is an experienced and devoted expert on issues of food security. Not only our skilled Director, Palmer also chairs the Vancouver Island chapter of the BC Food Recovery/Distribution Centre. He was an instrumental part of starting the BC Sharing Program. Known for his dedication to alleviating child poverty, Palmer has received the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Award and honorary membership with the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Jackie Cox-Ziegler - Director of Administration

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Jackie joined the Mustard Seed's leadership team mid-2012, bringing with her a wealth of experience gained in Victoria's urban ministries. Known as a woman with deep compassion for those in need, Jackie has served in a variety of leadership roles in several local social sector agencies and shelters.Jackie's care for individuals, paired with a very analytical and detailed mind, make her a vital addition to the Mustard Seed's leadership team.