Steve Matthews: July 15 (Sabbath School)
Steve Matthews is a Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and LEED Green Associate who worked in the in the building industry from 2002 to 2018.
Originally from Newfoundland, he attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB where he completed a Bachelor of Science followed by a degree in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.
In March 2018, Steve joined ADRA Canada as their Executive Director in the Newcastle, ON office. Steve’s wife Amanda is a teacher in the Durham District School Board in Ajax and a dedicated Pathfinder Director for the Bowmanville SDA Archers club. They live with their three children, Ryan, Liam, and Madison in Courtice, ON.
Reema Sukumaran: July 17 (Monday) to July 21 (Friday)
Reema Sukumaran has overcome some insurmountable obstacles throughout her life. A victim of severe child abuse at the hands of a torturous parent, and raped by her pastor, she has experienced a nightmare that no one can imagine.
The people she trusted the most failed her, including her Adventist church community.
Despite the pain she has experienced, she continues to share her personal story in order to teach others how to minister to individuals who have experienced personal trauma, and been betrayed by the church and those they trusted.
Reema is a speaker, author, and trainer who shares a riveting story from her heart.
Her goal is to bring the topic of clergy abuse; often thought to be taboo, out of the darkness, and speak openly so others can recognize symptoms of unhealthy boundaries, burnout, and focus on self-care and respect.
Sukumaran is a product of Seventh-day Adventist education.
She completed a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Andrews University. She is the proud mother of six growing boys, and works alongside her husband, an audiologist. She resides in Ontario, Canada. She has recently published her powerful memoir, Beautifully Broken, available in her website www.reematalks.com