Gather Rise 2018 - By Gather Women Canada

Sat. Oct 27, 2018 9:00am - 7:30pm EDT
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Gather Women invites Christian women from across Canada to join us at Gather Rise 2018!

Come join us at our 3rd National Gather Women event! We invite you to gather from coast to coast, for an inspirational day of bible teaching, worship led by Brooke Nicholls, and to hear the voices of incredible Canadian Christian women.  Join us as we listen together for what God desires to do in our nation at this time in history. 

Gather Rise will feature the voices of Danielle Strickland, Helen Burns, Cathie Ostapchuk, Cheryl Nembhard, Lorie Hartshorn, Tara Teng, Kallie Wood, and other amazing Christian women from across Canada!



Danielle Strickland serves in The Salvation Army as an Officer – currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has loved people firsthand in countries all over the world where she has embraced, learned, cared, evangelized, taught, and exhorted individuals and crowds to surrender to the boundless love of Jesus. Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being "The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You."

Brooke Nicholls is a Worship Leader and Songwriter from Toronto, ON, where she serves as a Staff Worship Leader at C4 Church. When she's not at her home Church, she's leading worship at different Churches and Ministries across Canada and beyond. Brooke was named the New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Gospel Music Awards and will release her new album ‘Pursue’ in 2018.

Cathie Ostapchuk’s work and ministry as a leadership development trainer, consultant, and coach - has led her to work in global non-profit organizations such as World Vision and Compassion, corporate boardrooms, across Canada and as far as Africa and Australia. Cathie is committed to raising the profile and presence of Canadian Christian women coast to coast and as the Co-Founder of Gather Women.

Helen Burns has been married to her high-school sweetheart, John for over 40 years. She has been a pastor at Relate Church in the Vancouver area for the past 30 years and travels extensively around the world speaking primarily on the subject of Relationships, Marriage, and Family. She is a Television Host and has authored several books.

Cheryl Nembhard is an award-winning Filmmaker, Playwright & Social Advocate who uses her incredible talents in Theatre & Film, to tackle some of the toughest societal topics. CBC Canada has recognized her as one of '150 Black Women who are making Canada a better place'. Cheryl is the Co-Host of 'See, Hear, Love', a Christian Women's talk show on YES TV.

Kallie Wood is Nakota Cree of Carry, the Kettle Band First Nation in SK and is the Indigenous Director at CHS/BCS and Owner/Executive Facilitator of Converging Pathways Consulting. She is a resilient survivor of foster care and assimilation and shares her journey of forgiveness, justice, and reconciliation, bringing hope towards a grander vision for our leaders of tomorrow.

Joy Byers was born in Montreal and found her way into the loving arms of Jesus much later in life. An introvert by nature, Joy loves to curl up with a good book and chill with Frankie (her adorable tuxedo cat) by the fireplace or snuggle up with Kevin the man who makes her belly laugh, and husband of 26 years.  Joy currently serves as the Discipleship Pastor @ The Peoples Church and is passionate about equipping the body to handle the Word of God, with a special place for women.

Tara Teng is a TV host, Miss World Canada 2012, a human rights activist, and works with various organizations around the world to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking.;She was named Canada’s “Woman on the Year” in 2011 and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her vast human rights work.

Kaitlyn Cey is the Sisterhood Pastor at Elim Church in Saskatoon. She believes relationships are the heartbeat of any powerful life, a worthwhile cause, and thriving community. She is the founder of Inspire YXE, a network that aims to equip youth to overcome challenges and be influencers in their world to make an impact for God’s Kingdom.

Karmyn Bokma is the Lead Pastor at The Meeting House, Oakville. She is passionate about helping people discover, and understand more deeply their identity in Christ, and nothing energizes her more than leading teams of people as they work and serve out of who God has made them to be.

Vanessa Hoyes and her family moved from Australia to pioneer Resurgent Church three years ago. They have dug deep roots in our nation, and fallen in love with the people of Quebec.  Vanessa personally loves words in all forms and the four seasons the northern hemisphere offers.  The feminine heart strengthened is her passion and she adores the local church in all Her glorious imperfect perfections! 

Dagmar Morgan Sinclair Dagmar Tricia Morgan is an educator, writer and spoken word poet. As an internationally published writer and two-time slam poetry champion, Dagmar uses spoken word as a healing mechanism, while providing unique mentorship. She is a strong believer in bringing up the next generation of powerful, faithful art successors. Dagmar is Pastor at The Meeting House East Hamilton.

Lorie Hartshorn is a Pastor, Speaker and Author of the DVD Bible Study, Finding Freedom. As the Connections Pastor at C4 Church in Ajax Ontario, she oversees the discipleship ministries connecting people into small groups and equipping people to grow in faith.

Joanna Lafleur is the Creative Communications Pastor at C4 Church and co-hosts a nationally televised Christian talk show called “See Hear Love” in its 3rd season. She began her career in the world of high-tech marketing and PR, before transitioning to church ministry. Her Masters in Theological Studies focused on how to use digital communication tools for evangelism and discipleship.

Julianne August is a strategic leader and inspiring communicator who enjoys equipping and investing in others. She is the Executive Director at Compass Community Church, a multisite church in Orangeville, Ontario. She is currently giving leadership to the Gather Prayer Movement and is excited about Canadian women uniting their voices in prayer from coast to coast.

Misty Ropp is passionate about helping people see their true value and worth, identifying God’s fingerprint on their lives, lavishing His love on them! She works as the Executive Director of Human Resources at Compassion Canada where she is responsible for leading a flourishing culture with good organizational health; empowering and equipping leaders and staff to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Petra Kooman is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for IJM Canada, She manages the organization’s communications initiatives, including media, public and government relations. Before coming to IJM Canada, Petra worked in several not-for-profit environments, including the University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)

Petra Blenkhorne is a professional dancer and the Artistic Director at Motus O. When she's not on the road with the troupe, Petra can be found relishing the variety in her life ... strength training clients, dressing ladies at Zahara's Boutique, sewing something or tending someone's garden.

Angela Doell is a Jesus follower, storyteller, bridge builder and creative. A church girl to the core, she has recently stepped into the role of Lead Pastor at Relate Church in Surrey, BC. Angela’s heart beats to build a church home where everyone belongs, where the generations are honoured and empowered, and where the kindness of God leads people into true freedom and purpose.


REGISTRATION: begins (lobby area) 8 am

BREAK: 10:40

LUNCH:  12:30pm *Lunch NOT included in General Admission price
Information on purchasing lunch coming soon!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:   1:30-2:20 (50 Minutes)
1. A JUST HOPE -Responding to the Issue of Girls and Women At Risk (*Mercy Ministries Partner) with Elizabeth Pierce, Nicola Bartel Mercy Ministries, Kallie Wood
HOPE IN THE PRESENCE OF DOUBT - How do we hope when we are struggling with faith, circumstances, wrestling with doubt? An honest conversation, with practical tools for embracing hope in the dark. TBA
3. LEADING HOPE (*Compassion Partner) Leading with Clarity, Courage and Confidence in the midst of a culture that calls us to conform -Misty Ropp, Compassion Canada

SESSION 3:  2:45 PM

SHORT STRETCH BREAK  (4:10 – 4:20pm)
SESSION 4: 4:20 -5:20 PM

HAPPY HOUR BREAK: 5:20 PM - 6:15 PM (light beverages and sweets served)
SESSION 5 & Finale: 6:15 PM -7:30

LOCATION: The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON



Hilton Garden Inn Oakville, ON

Reservations can be made by directly calling the hotel front desk at 905-829-1145 and asking for the group code: GWO or by requesting Gather Women Group.
Reservations must be received on or before September 25, 2018. A credit card is required.
Cancellation: Individual cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival date.




A phonic ear system (FM frequency) is available to assist the hearing impaired.


If unable to attend Gather Rise, tickets may be transferred by emailing [email protected]
For Special Needs and Translation Needs, please email [email protected]

To download a printable a Promotion Package for your church or group, including downloadable posters, bulletin inserts, and a powerpoint slide, as well as a Sponsor Partner and Media kit, go to the Gather Women website at or  email [email protected] for more information.

Gather Women Canada

Organizer of Gather Rise 2018

We exist to bring Canadian Christian women together from diverse cultural, denominational, generational and geographical contexts in order to create a strong infrastructure of connection coast to coast, to equip and resource women with teaching and tools to live their faith and put their faith in action to transform their nation.

We believe that by creating a space where Canadian Christian women are invited to connect and be equipped through Gather Women’s online and on the ground presence, a national voice will be called forth that will have a significant impact in the Canadian culture and globally, for Kingdom work.

What would it look like if Canadian women of faith were stronger together through a connected infrastructure coast to coast?

GATHER is an invitation  

  • To tell the Canadian story.

  • To champion a culture of support as we walk out our callings: unified and diverse.

  • To connect us all regionally and nationally through a robust network on the ground and online.

God is stirring in us the desire for a uniquely Canadian expression of His heart for us.

In 2018 we are committed to Gather in person locally, regionally and nationally.

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GATHER est une invitation. Pour dire la CANADIENNE histoire.

Pour créer une culture de soutien que nous marchons dans notre vocation chrétienne des femmes dans ce pays unifié et diversifié.

Pour chacun d'entre nous de se connecter à un niveau régional et national à travers un réseau solide, en ligne et en face-à-face.

Dieu inspire le désir d'une expression unique au Canada de son cœur pour nous.

En 2018, nous nous sommes engagés à la collection en personne, au niveau local, régional et

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The Meeting House 2700 Bristol Circle
Oakville, ON L6H 6E1
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