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Karen Wishart and Consulting Matrix have been providing leadership and advice to community service organizations since 1998.

Our clients provide the necessities of life — food, shelter — and enable people through training and employment placement so that they can provide for themselves. The demand for such services is always much greater than the supply can ever be, and the demand for people to serve on Boards is enormous as well. Leaders of community service organizations face the challenge of bringing a diverse group of people together for a common purpose; finding ways to fulfil pressing needs with modest resources. Good-will often outstrips financial, administrative or human resource skills. You have identified the problem and have made the commitment to solve it: we help you to build and sustain the organization that will support the solution.

The Consulting Matrix team has hands-on experience working with agencies to design programs and find resources and has deep understanding of the expectations, policies and processes of public and private funders of community services. We understand the context in which housing, emergency shelter, food banks, training and settlement providers, and their associations and coordinating bodies, must operate. Our methods and solutions are always grounded in your daily reality.

Karen is the former President of MicroSkills. Associate Julie Gircys is the former Treasurer of Opportunities for Advancement.