Our granting activity is now complete for 2013. The Directors of The Charis Foundation will meet again in the final week of January, 2014. Grant requests received prior to January 10, 2014 will be considered for possible funding at that meeting.
Bob was born in Brantford, Ontario, son of the late Samuel and Denta Bernardo. After graduating from Brantford Collegiate Institute, he earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Western Ontario. He developed a keen interest in finance and later received his degree as a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Along with his partners, he was a founding member of Sceptre Investment Counsel, based in Toronto, and later became Executive Vice President. He enjoyed excellent working relationships with his co-partners and always felt fortunate to work harmoniously and ethically.
His most favoured role was as husband to Leslie and father to Geoff and Karen. Although Bob devoted much of his time to Christian ministry, he also had a keen interest in fishing and photography. To his delight, his granddaughter, Phoebe (Geoff and Vita’s daughter) became a serious fisherperson in early days.
Bob participated in many short-term mission trips visiting India, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Nepal, Croatia and Romania, among others. After years of traveling, talking to many people in different walks of life and participating in funding projects internationally, Bob recognized that holistic community transformation could be enhanced by investing in certain crucial areas of development:
- providing children and adults with basic education opportunities
- training men and women in farming techniques and economic development
- training and mentoring emerging leaders, pastors and church planters
- providing access to physical essentials - food, clean water, shelter and health care
- creating safety and new opportunities for girls and women
- building schools and orphanages
- planting churches
- sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in word and action
Through the years, Bob's mission became to help nationals become agents of change in their own communities.
At the age of 59, Bob ‘retired’ from his Bay Street career with Sceptre Investment to establish and run The Charis Foundation. Bob functioned as the Founding President until his death. During his full and productive life, Bob met with, prayed with and supported a very large number of missional leaders and organizations.
Bob left behind a rich legacy of people and organizations that are grateful for his mentorship and friendship.