Guatemala Hope is operated by an elected Board of Directors, an appointed spiritual advisor and a cultural liason. Elections are held annually in September for a two year term, with a staggered directorship. Skilled, dedicated people are always needed. The role of the director is not onerous. If you are interested in being involved, contact us with your questions or for more information at
Barry Elliott is a retired WECDSB teacher and consultant and has been a key supporter of Guatemala Hope since his wife and children made their first trip to Guatemala in 2001.
Louise Elliott is the mother of 4 (Mary, Angela, Heidi and Joe), wife of Barry and new grandmother of two incredible boys (Gavin Bauer and Anthony Koopman). She resides in Belle River, is an active parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Woodsee. Louise has worked for the past 15 years as a Quality Manager in various Injection Molding Facilities. While she loves the challenges of her working world, her true passion is working with Guatemala Hope and the amazing villagers it serves.
Louise founded Guatemala Hope (originally knows as Guatemala Relief) in response to a request from her friend, Rosa Gutierrez, a refugee from the village of el Triunfo in Guatemala. Since the beginning Louise has served on the Board of Directors and is the veteran of over 20 trips to El Triunfo. She is delighted that this has also become a love affair for the rest of her family. Louise continues to be amazed at the great growth and expansion of Guatemala Hope, and the countless loving hours of donated labour that our villagers, Board members and members of Guatemala Hope give so generously. God is good!!!
Secretary - Education Chair
Denise has been involved with Guatemala Hope since 2007 and currently lives in Chatham with her husband Bill. She has 2 grown sons, 2 beautiful daughter-in-laws and 5 wonderful grand children that she loves to spoil. Denise has been involved as a volunteer in her community since a young adult and had always wanted to participate on a trip to a Third World country. She was finally able to make this dream come true when she joined Guatemala Hope in 2007. This experience definitely opened her eyes to the world around her and fueled her passion to help others. Denise has served in several capacities on these trips and is currently the Secretary for the Board and the Chair of the Education committee.
Treasurer, Communication Chair
Rosemarie is a resident of Belle River and a member at Visitation Parish Comber, Ontario. She retired as a pharmaceutical representative and is enjoying her role as mother of one and grandmother of two.
She made her first trip to El Triunfo in 2003 and her final trip in 2012. Although she is no longer able to travel to Guatemala for health reasons, she is still very active in the organization. She continues to pursue her goals of improving the education levels for Guatemalan children and functions as the coordinator of the bursary program here in Canada.