Meet Our Board


Harold Barg

Over the past 40 years Harold has been a building contractor in Manitoba, and the most northerly regions of Canada. He has also had the opportunity to be involved with numerous ministry projects throughout the world. This exposure to financial and spiritual needs, has caused Harold and his family to be passionately invested in many ministry projects. Harold is very excited to be supporting Gary and Mavis and the BOA team in Haiti. He looks forward to seeing these young ladies grow to become mature healthy Christians in their own nation. Harold lives in Lorette, Manitoba with his wife Florence. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

Earl Plett

Earl was born in Ste Anne, Manitoba, the third of five children. He grew up on a farm and being responsible and industrious he purchased his own poultry farm at the age of 18. He married Audrey Reimer and they have two children - Curtis and Lisa. They now have a son-in-law and daughter-in-law and five grandchildren. Earl enjoys hunting and golfing and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He is dedicated to helping support the ministry of BOA. He has visited Gary and Mavis at their home in Haiti, and has begun to build relationships with the girls there

Candace Bartel

Candace lives in Blumenort, Manitoba and has been married for almost 25 years to Dan. They have 3 kids, Cody & Julia and Talia. Candace works at Steve’s Livestock as the VP of Organizational Development. Candace enjoys watching her kids play baseball and enjoys fishing and snowmobiling. Candace and Talia spent a week with Gary and Mavis and the BOA girls in November 2019. It was an amazing and life changing experience. "We left a piece of our hearts in Haiti and are excited to be a part of the board and the work being done to impact these girls and the vision to expand BOA’s impact in Haiti."

Len Barkman

Len served as an educator/administrator for twenty-eight years. Eight of those were in schools located in Central America. He has a throughout understanding of what it takes to build long term cross cultural relationships. Len was also a church conference director who oversaw the church mission program for seven years. He is now retired but remains passionate about spreading the Gospel. He uses his knowledge and experience to continue to impact the world for Christ by serving on several church and mission boards. Len enjoys family activities with his eight grandchildren.

Mark Kubanek

Mark brings a background of experience to the BOA board from both the private and public sectors. He worked for over 20 years in progressively responsible positions for various manufacturing companies, finishing his business career in the private sector as a General Manager. Mark's career shifted into education in 2008 when he became a high school teacher. He loves to prepare teenagers for their future by both teaching subject content and sharing life experiences. Mark has served his local church in both youth and church leadership roles. A native of Montreal, Quebec, he earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering at Queen's University, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. He now lives in Landmark, Manitoba with his wife and two daughters. Mark finds joy in supporting Gary and Mavis Unger as they invest themselves into their young girls in Fort Jacques, Haiti.

George Goossen

George Goossen is one of the original owners of Carlo Genetics Inc. He has been with the company for over 30 years. George enjoys seeing farms and businesses prosper. He has been instrumental in helping especially those with financial difficulties, making it possible for them to reach their business obligations and anticipated goals. George has a personal relationship with God which is very important to him. His conviction is that everyone should have a chance to also experience that. George is actively involved in his church group, enjoying the different committee responsibilities. At present he is the chairman of the congregation in Kenora, ON where he resides with his wife Donna and youngest daughter. Their 5 married children have spouses from Canada, USA, Guatemala, and Rwanda. George loves spending time with his 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, and is looking forward to 2 more grandchildren this year. It is an inspiration to George to work together with Gary and Mavis and the other BOA board members.