The Dale Ministries is a community that seeks to be welcoming to all, while empowering at our core people who often are not: those experiencing poverty of spirit or space.

Our drop-in programs and outreach are run by community members, of all backgrounds and ability, for our community.

We believe in coming as we are, creating a space where we are safe to ask hard questions, praying together, encouraging each other, sharing meals and celebrating.

The Dale is built on the belief that Jesus was and is real. We believe in and seek to be transformed by God’s hope, grace and peace.

The Dale has no building. All of our programming happens in partnership with local organizations and outside on the street. We have few belongings and endeavour to share what we have.

The Neighbourhood


At first it was an affluent “suburb” of Toronto, close to the lake with sprawling homes. Then Parkdale became a neighbourhood in decline as the building of an expressway cut off people’s access to the waterfront and the de-institutionalization of mental health care led to people being let out of a nearby facility.

People with means began to move elsewhere while those struggling to get by moved into the once single family dwellings turned rooming houses. Today Parkdale faces more change as new businesses move in and derelict buildings are transformed. And the fear of many is that they will be displaced, unable to afford living in their neighbourhood.

Our Staff

Executive Director & Pastor
Erinn has been working in Parkdale since 2007. In 2012 she was invited to become the full-time Executive Director and Pastor. Tasked with re-visioning the ministry, Erinn sought the feedback of the community and proposed a full reboot, one that would include giving up a building, creating a nomadic routine, and becoming The Dale Ministries. Erinn longs for and pursues the building of community where all people are welcome and those who experience poverty are valued. She studied at Tyndale University College & Seminary and Humber College and is an ordained Reverend. Erinn has extensive experience working with people who are street involved, underhoused and trying to cope with substance addiction and mental health issues. She is married to Dion and they have a daughter, Cate.
Lead Community Worker
Joanna joined The Dale team in 2012, after studying Biology and Health at Queen’s University (BA ‘09), and Theology and Development at Wycliffe College (MTSD ‘13). Between degrees, Joanna worked as the Social Justice and Compassion Intern at Bethel Church in Kingston, ON. During her time at Wycliffe she interned at Sanctuary Ministries in Toronto, ON. Joanna takes delight in building relationships at The Dale; learning, growing, worshiping, struggling, gardening, walking, crying, laughing, cooking and eating alongside this beloved community. She longs for deep and meaningful community connection to be the experience of ALL. When she’s not at The Dale, you can often find her reading, biking, or baking for friends and family.
Community Worker
Meagan joined The Dale team as a Community Worker in April of 2017. She completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University, and worked at Sanctuary Ministries and The Salvation Army Gateway before landing in Parkdale. Meagan's favorite things to do as a community are outreach walks and art drop-in. She also loves to write blogs to tell stories from The Dale, and stay connected to her support team in that way. Meagan is married to Ian. Together they share a daughter named Charlotte and a dog, Coco.
Community Worker
Olivia joined The Dale Team in December 2019. She grew up in Toronto and discovered her passion for doing ministry work in the city through a Youth Unlimited program called Project Serve. She attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a Bachelors in Urban Ministry and Biblical Studies. Olivia first interned with The Dale during her final year of college. Throughout her time there she fell in love with the community and felt called to return. Olivia has loved being a part of the community and enjoys the long chats, walks around the neighbourhood, community gardening, sharing meals, petting dogs, and capturing memories with photos. Olivia is married to Grant and together they have a pet turtle named Reiner.

Board of Directors

Matthew Rivard, Chair  •  Nicholas Francis, Secretary

Genevieve Barber  •  Xenia Chan  •  Benjamin Klinck

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