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David Miclash, Program Founder


David has a background managing large accounting and administration offices as a government accountant and development auditor. He founded an International Development Consulting Agency, managed Canadian International Development Agency projects abroad and is the founding Director of Alongside International.

David's vision is to mobilize and facilitate unique opportunities to engage Canadians in demonstrating hands-on love to support “select” indigenous Christian ministries by strategically bringing help, healing and hope to those in need. David has led over 60 projects teams to many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America. He believes everyone has gifts and skills that can make positive, life-changing differences in people’s lives, thus making the world a better place to live.


Ruth Miclash, Team Leader


Ruth is a retired physiotherapist who has worked extensively in rehabilitation centres in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario helping people with orthopedic and neurological conditions plus complex and continuing medical care. Ruth grew up in a Christian home on the Canadian prairies and has committed her life to Jesus Christ at 12 years of age.

Ruth has a special place in her heart to care for those in need. She has 3 adult sons two having been involved with Alongside International on outreaches to the Dominican Republic. Ruth’s team involvement in Uganda has enabled her to further enhance and demonstrate holistically her love for those suffering from poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease. She provides superb leadership through her special judgement, analytical and people skills enhanced with her medical background and experience.

Dr. Bill Thompson, Medical Director


Dr. Bill Thompson is a well known, highly respected Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. He provides medical leadership to team members and performs hands-on medical outreach for suffering people in remote villages and urban clinics.

Dr. Bill is a mature leader who entertains by playing his guitar and performing many hilarious comical presentations. Dr. Thompson believes that God has a different job for him to do on each outreach trip that involves more than medicine.


Iain Sommerville, Education Director


Iain holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and has taught at University of Strathclyde and University of Toronto, written extensively and presented at numerous international conferences in the area of metallurgy. Saved at the age of seven, and baptized at fourteen, he has spent his life serving in various church ministries and, along with his wife, acted as Secretary for Scotland for the Emmaus Bible School Correspondence Courses. His passion now is to reach out to those in the developing world by providing them with education, clean water and medical services, and hence to lead them to understand that their real need is for the living water and eternal life that only Christ can provide.


Laura Cranna, Medical Coordinator


Laura is a Registered Nurse working for Saint Elizabeth Health Care in London, Ontario. She has been involved in a variety of off-shore projects in Burkina Faso and Nigeria. Her extensive involvement in volunteer work both locally and internationally makes her a valuable asset to the Alongside team.

Laura was called into medical field after seeing the desperation in lives of people in developing countries, especially on the African continent. She is in the process of pursuing a future in international outreaches in order to use her knowledge, skills and the special gifts that God has provided to bring hands-on help, healing and hope to those in need.


Alyssa Edward, Director Youth Development


Alyssa has a Certificate in Intercultural Leadership as well as TESOL (teaching English as a Second Language). She has been involved in developing young lives for her entire adult life including being a leader in AWANA and her current employment as Hostess and weekend staff supervisor at Teen Ranch, a Christian development Camp in Ontario. Alyssa also has a passion to empower children by teaching English and so expanding their opportunities in life.

Alyssa has been involved in Christian development work in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nigeria, Liberia, and Germany.


David Edward - Director of Project Management


David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Project Management. He was saved at the age of 16 and since then has used his talents to serve the Lord. He was heavily involved in ministry in Nigeria as a Project and Transport manager and has a lot of experience in development. He has a passion to see African missions become self-sustaining and places of outreach themselves.

David has been involved in Christian development in Nigeria, Liberia, Germany and now Canada. He currently serves God at Teen Ranch, a Christian development Camp in Ontario.

Our Advisory Council
  • John Attrell - Owner, Attrell Toyota
  • Ian Kirk - General Manager, Multiserv Canada
  • James Peters - President, Hadrian Manufacturing
  • Charlie Guy - Chief People Officer, World Vision Canada