Council Welcomes Jill Strapp and Katja Brittain
Two new faces were added to Council’s staff team as the CCDL said
farewell to Janet Marshall in October. Janet has accepted a position at
the Anglican Diocese of Toronto after four years working as the CCDL
Director. While she will be missed we are glad to let you know that the
direction and standards she set will be continued in the months ahead.
Jill Strapp joins Council as Coordinating Consultant for the CCDL. Jill
will be the primary contact person for congregations and ministries
looking for help with planning, ministry development & fresh
direction, as well as providing staff support to the new Innovative
Ministry Training Program. Katja Brittain has been working as a
freelance CCDL consultant and now joins the staff as Associate Director
for Property & Mission.
10th Annual Heart & Vision Concert Focuses on Reconciliation
On October 15 Council hosted the 10th Heart & Vision Awards Concert,
a celebration of our Church’s commitment to social justice. 350 people
were present to honour Senator Murray Sinclair, Rev. Dr. Grafton Antone,
and Dr. Eileen Antone for their contributions to the restoration of
right relations between First Nations Peoples and Settler Canadians.
Jackie Richardson performed haunting selections from Gord Downie’s
Secret Path and the Young Creek Performers dazzled with their powerful
drumming and dancing. Drew Hayden Taylor, author, theatre director, and
stand-up comedian hosted. Check back soon for a video recap of the
Partnering with Camping Ministries at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon
Teams from Council and our United Church camp partners ran and walked in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon’s Charity Challenge on
October 21st. Funds raised by the participants will support property
maintenance and new construction at our Church’s youth ministries at
Camp Big Canoe, Sparrow Lake Camp, Camp Scugog, Camp Simpresca, and Ryde
Lake Camp. The cumulative fundraising from the marathon over the past 9
years has reached more than $170,000 and pledges to this year’s
participants are still coming in. Contact Ali Hayes – email@example.com – for
more details on next year’s marathon and to learn how you can get
involved in supporting United Church camping.
Council welcomes new staff member, Ken Clarke
Council is pleased to announce that Ken
Clarke joined its staff as Director of Property Services and Capital Loans on
June 4th. Ken will be working closely
in his first month with Tim Beard, who will be retiring at the end of June.
With an extensive 35 year + career in the
Financial Services sector, Ken is an experienced Corporate Banker and Commercial
Real Estate Lender. He is extremely well versed in the diversified Commercial/Residential
Construction industry. With CMLS
Financial Inc., Ken has been involved in the CMHC National Housing
Corporation’s initiative with the Rental Construction Financing (RCFi) program
out of Ottawa that has gone national in providing Affordable Rental Housing
Construction financing to various Builder/Developer and Not-for-Profit/Charitable
Ken has served two terms as Treasurer on Council’s
Board of Directors and has been a member of its Finance and Investment
Committee for 7 years. With a wealth of industry knowledge in Commercial financing,
Ken looks forward to bringing his financial generalist experience to TUCC as
Director of Property Services and Capital Loans.
Ken is married and currently resides in
Bradford where he has attended Bradford United Church as an active member since
1994 and currently holds the position of Council Chairperson. Ken has three
grown daughters, two grown step-children and eight grandchildren within his
extended family. Ken enjoys his time away from the office either at a family
cottage in Haliburton where he treasures the outdoors, or lacing up the goal
skates and tending the nets on a pick up hockey game.
The Vincent Alfano Fund is Accepting Applications
Established to commemorate Vincent Alfano's visionary leadership within the United Church, the
opportunities for new church leaders to gain practical experience by
contributing financial support to student ministers undertaking
internships with congregations in Toronto Conference.
their program, interns will focus on connecting with the culturally and
ethnically diverse communities surrounding their congregations. By
creating opportunities to intentionally study and practice the mission
dimension of ministry, the fund will support both church and leadership
development. The focus on community engagement outside congregational membership,
will enliven and renew our church with the ideas, spiritual strength and
commitment to serve the emerging constituencies of our ever changing
Congregations, mission units or individuals can now apply
for internship or other project funding that meets the Fund’s focus on
learning opportunities for future church leaders. Up to $10,000 per
annum will be available, plus an amount for training programs. Click here for application guidelines and forms.