Matthew Pearce, president and chief executive officer of the Old Brewery Mission since 2008, will retire from his post and step down in September, the organization announced on Thursday.
In a statement, Eric Maldoff, chair of the Mission’s board, praised Pearce for having “led the Old Brewery Mission through a period of significant growth and phenomenal transformation that have inspired other organizations to adopt the Mission’s approaches to end chronic homelessness. … He will be missed.”
During Pearce’s time as executive director, the Mission underwent significant changes that included:
•Establishing new supportive housing models and programs adapted to the needs of specific homeless populations.
• The creation of a research department in partnership with McGill Universityto gain greater knowledge of the root causes of homelessness.
• Opening a triage and referral centre for first-time shelter arrivals to shorten their homelessness experience and ensure they are adequately housed and reintegrated into the community.
• Transforming the emergency shelter into a 24/7 resource centre that allowed residents to remain onsite and fully connected to counselling staff and services.
Pearce will be replaced by James Hughes, who was the Mission’s director-general from 2004 to 2008.