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WLS appoints a founding member of Kijiji Canada

Waterloo — Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Pierni as its institutional advancement manager, and executive director of The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre.

“We are delighted to be adding Eric to the WLS leadership team,” says Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, the seminary’s principal-dean. “Given his impressive background in the business world, Eric brings a truly unique set of skills and perspectives to his dual responsibilities as the executive director of the Glebe centre and the manager of institutional advancement for the seminary.”

Pierni joined eBay Canada in 2002 as an original member of its marketing team. In 2005, he became a member of the three-person team that launched the Kijiji online classified advertising business in Canada. As a member of the founding group at Kijiji, he oversaw marketing and public relations and later created the Kijiji Advertising Group, a multimillion-dollar segment of the company. In 2009, the marketing industry publication Click! Weekly nominated him as one of Canada’s top online marketers for the year.

The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, established in 2013, is a multifaith counselling centre committed to strengthening the emotional and spiritual well-being of its clients. Located in Waterloo and serving residents throughout Waterloo Region, the centre has benefited from Pierni’s guidance as a business consultant over the past year. His leadership has helped position the centre to fulfil its mission of offering the highest quality care at an affordable cost to clients.

In his role as the Glebe centre’s executive director, Pierni works in collaboration with Kristine Lund, the centre’s clinical director.

“As a community, Waterloo region is a leader in Ontario with regards to the social services offered,” Pierni says.

“And yet, the need for quality services continues to grow to match pace with demand. It is a privilege to add more mental health services to the community and, in doing so, extend the legacy of the late Delton Glebe.”

Born and raised in Montreal, Pierni completed his bachelor’s degree in Commerce at the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University). He is also a recent graduate of the seminary’s MA program in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.

Pierni, fluent in English, French and Italian, currently divides his time between Waterloo and Toronto where he works as a therapist in private practice.

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