Meet our team.

Julie Bonany

Executive Director

Julie Bonany has been involved with the Hope Centre since 2014. She started out as a volunteer and then started seeing clients as a Client Advocate. In January of 2017, Julie became our Associate Director and in May 2018 transitioned into the role of Executive Director.

Julie met her husband Dave when they were serving at a summer camp and married two years later. They now have three adult children and 3 grandchildren.

When she’s not working at the centre she enjoys reading, long chats with friends over coffee, hiking, camping, canoeing, and snuggling with her grandchildren. Julie is passionate about the work that is done at the Pregnancy Centre and thrives on coming alongside others to lead them to a place of hope!


Client Service Director

Nicole has been working at the Pregnancy Centre since 2016, however in the past was a client herself. With the love and support she received from family, friends, church and the centre she was able to graduate from high school on time and continue her education at McMaster University. Nicole graduated with her Bachelors Degree and married in August 2015. Today Nicole enjoys chocolate, reading and going for walks in her spare time. Nicole has a passion for empowering young mothers in our community. She feels privileged to work at the centre and  serve God by working with the women who walk through our doors.


Client Advocate

Rick has been a Client Advocate at the Centre since 2010. As a result of having suffered a lifelong disconnect with his own father Rick became determined and passionate about motivating a new generation of young men to learn from their past. Besides his personal struggles, Rick draws from a lifetime of experience which includes forty-two years of marriage and the raising of five daughters and one son. When Rick is not touching the lives of men at the Centre, he can be found cooking, gardening, doing home DYI projects.  

Annette Mitchell

Client Advocate

My name is Annette Mitchell. I was raised in the Bancroft area in a Christian family. My childhood was filled with spending lots of hours outdoors which fostered memories of feeling God’s presence in these times. I would see Him through nature and knew that life was precious and God had a purpose for me. This is one of the first ways that God spoke to my heart and drew me to Him.


Program Director

Claire has been working in this position since 2015 and is a great match for her role as she loves making anything and learning from others. As a child she travelled to many parts of the world with her father’s work and developed and interest to learn new things about different cultures. As an English woman abroad she feels very much a part of the team and considers that a privilege. The other joys of her life are her husband and two adult children and their partners. She and her husband became grandparents in 2015 and enjoy spending time with their family.

Karen Armstrong

Office Administrator

Offering a safe and welcoming environment is very important to the Hope Centre as many of the people walking through our doors are often dealing with some very challenging realities. Thankfully Karen is a natural when it comes to making our clients and guests feel welcomed and accepted. As our administrator, Karen has her fingers on the heartbeat of the PRC – Brant and is the person that keeps our office organized. In her free time, Karen loves to golf, read, swim and hang out with her friends and family.

Christina Pennings


Christina has been working at the Pregnancy Centre as bookkeeper since 2015. She completed her degree in Accounting in 2018, the same year she married her husband Micheal. She feels privileged to work in an environment where people are being affirmed everyday. When she is not busy playing with numbers, Christina enjoys biking, baking, playing board games with her husband, and spending quality time with friends and family, including her nieces and nephews.

Steph Haanstra

Nurse Manager

I have been a Registered Nurse for 20 years at McMaster Children’s Hospital.  I have worked in various areas of the hospital including Surgery, Medicine, and Chronic Complex Care, assisting patients, from newborns to teens, with a wide variety of medical, mental health, and sexual health needs.Nursing in a Children’s Hospital involves a very holistic team approach that most definitely involves parents and families, and I look forward to continuing this practice at the Medical Clinic.

Sandra Campbell

Registered Nurse

Sandra Campbell is a resolute and patient-focused Registered Nurse with proven strength in acute patient care, education, staff development, and family advocacy. Sandra is recognized by her colleagues as an excellent care provider, collaborator, and patient advocate. She graduated from the Diploma RN program at Humber College with Honours and went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Toronto in 1990. She is a qualified educator with leadership experience and over 30 years of ER and Critical Care experience. Sandra is compassionate, caring, and an empathetic mother of 4 and grandmother. Her strength is her faith in God and her happiest moments are when she makes a difference in someone's life.