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About Governance and Leadership Teams

EXECUTIVE OF CONSEIL RÉGIONAL NAKONHA:KA REGIONAL COUNCIL

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  • Rev. Linda Buchanan (President/Chair)
  • Rev. David Lambie (Past Chair)
  • Robert Patton (Right Relations)
  • Rev. Dr. Samuel V. Dansokho (New Ministry Development, Support and Visioning)
  • Patricia Lisson DM (Justice and Community Ministries)
  • Rev. Darryl Macdonald (Pastoral Relations)
  • ___________________ (Youth and Family Ministries)
  • Rev. Barbara Bryce (Granting and Enabling)
  • Paul Stanfield (Treasurer)
  • Fred Braman (Property and Finance)
  • Rev. Marie-Claude Manga (La Table des ministères en français)
  • Rev. Pierre Goldberger (Member at Large)
  • Rev. Joelle Leduc (Member at Large)
  • Rick Sheffer (Member at Large)
  • Marc Grenon (Member at Large)

Non-voting (corresponding) members of executive

  • Rev. Rosemary Lambie (Executive Minister – staff)
  • Peter Bisset (Finance and Extension Board)
  • Rev. Tami Spires (Regional Gathering Coordinator)
  • Joel Miller (Recording Secretary, Program Assistant to Executive Minister – staff)
  • Sabrina DiStefano (Pastoral Relations – staff)
  • Shanna Bernier (Youth and Young Adult Ministry – staff)
  • Judy Coffin (Communications and Administrative Support – staff)
  • Brian Ruse (Finance and Administration – staff)
  • David-Roger Gagnon (Networks and Clusters – staff)

LEADERSHIP TEAMS

Granting and Enabling

MANDATE

The Granting and Enabling Leadership Team (GELT) is established with the exclusive mandate to consider and recommend any granting or financial assistance from the various endowment and other funds of the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council (CrNRC), with a view to streamlining the granting process and reducing the burden both on the communities of faith and other faith partner recipients and on the volunteer members on the granting and enabling groups involved, while promoting a more informed and overall view of the needs and aspirations of CrNRC faithful in extending and deepening their ministries, consistent with the mission plan of CrNRC.

For more information, see the Governance Handbook.

MEMBERSHIP

  • Rev. David Clinker
  • Rev. Shaun Fryday
  • Renate Sutherland
  • Elva Crawford
  • L.E. Moir
  • Fred Braman
  • Rev. Mark Hammond (vice chair)
  • Rev. Mher Khatchikian
  • Rev. Barbara Bryce (chair)
  • Rick Sheffer
  • Rev. Darla Sloan
  • Peter Bisset
  • Rev. Heather McClure

For more information, see the Granting and Enabling Resources page.

Justice and Community Ministry

MISSION

God is calling us to expand our faith and theological understanding of a world-community where human dignity is defended, creation is mended and gifts are shared for the good of all. This keystone of God’s vision of justice, compassion and actions leads us deeper into this world and requires us to be present in our communities.

 

MANDATE

  • Finding ways of planting ourselves firmly in our neighbourhoods and communities;
  • Listening to the people there and engaging in constructive, open dialogue (inter-cultural, inter-generational, inter-faith)
  • Offering encouragement and hope.

 

MEMBERSHIP

  • Patricia Lisson DM
  • Rev. Paula Kline
  • Lisa Byer-de Wever
  • Sabrina Heffernan
  • Denis Ashby
  • Rev. Pierre Goldberger
  • Guy-Lin Beaudoin
  • Rev. Shaun Fryday

For more information, see the Governance Manual or download the Community Justice team profile.

Licensed Lay Worship Leaders

MANDATE

The Licensed Lay Worship Leadership program is intended to honour and encourage members of the Laity to share their gifts and express their faith while meeting the vital need of congregations to gather for worship.

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Lee Ann Hogle
  • Rev. Birgit Neuschild
  • Charlotte Griffith
  • Virginia Wallace
  • Valerie Nickson
  • Norm Haslam
  • Carolyn Linde
  • Shirley Knutson
  • Allan Marshall
  • Matthieu Sévigny

For more information on policies and guidelines regarding Licensed Lay Worship Leaders, see the Governance Manual.

Ministry and Worship Development

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Dr. Samuel V. Dansokho
  • Rev. Marie-Claude Manga
  • Rev. Cathy Hamilton
  • Matthieu Sévigny
Pastoral Relations

MANDATE

The Pastoral Relations Leadership Team will provide support for ministry personnel throughout their ministry, including equipping, covenanting, pastoral relationships and retirement.

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Janet Bisset
  • Rev. Darryl MacDonald
  • Rev. Jennifer Mountain
  • Rev. David Lambie
  • Rev. Birgit Neuschild
  • Rev. Mher Katchikian
Planning Regional Gatherings

MANDATE

Our mission is to ensure that we are living out our call to be the church through worship and work. We seek to create meaningful, spirit-filling, safe spaces at least twice a year for the work of our for whole region to gather together in community face-to-face and virtually.

Our tasks throughout the year are to plan the two regional meetings held in the fall and spring, coordinate a meeting space, create a theme for the meeting, build the worship around the theme, and lead worship throughout the meeting.  Our team in collaboration with the sitting President of the region create the agenda for the meeting, work with the meeting space on-site team to provide them support as they plan to host the meeting, to work with spaces where remote communication and meeting sites are needed, work with our Regional Council technology team, and be on-site the day/night before the meeting to set up the physical meeting space. 

What kind of additional skills/gifts might new members bring to this team?

  • We are looking for creative people!
  • People who enjoy planning large scale events!
  • People who are able to do physical tasks (moving furniture, setting up and taking down the space, carrying boxes)!
  • People who can speak, write, and read in a variety of languages!
  • People who can help us promote our meetings, get people excited to register, energize our people to come to the regional meetings!

 

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Tami Spires (chair)
  • Rev. Linda Buchanan
  • Rev. Joelle Leduc
  • Shirley Stark
  • Valerie Nickson
  • Rev. Kent Chown 
  • David MacCormack
  • Rev. Rosemary Lambie (staff)
  • Joel Miller (staff)
  • Shanna Bernier (staff)
  • Judy Coffin (staff)
Property and Finance

MANDATE

The Property and Finance Committee is responsible (as per the 2019 UCC Manual) for

Property

    1. receiving, reviewing and making recommendations to the regional council executive for requests from communities of faith to acquire, sell, mortgage, exchange, lease, or otherwise deal with property of communities of faith;
    2. receiving, reviewing and making recommendations to the regional council executive for funding proposals and loans to communities of faith, in cooperation with the “Finance & Extension Board”;
    3. Making recommendations to the regional council executive for deciding which communities of faith property is considered “other major assets” for the regional council as described in G.2.1.2 (2019 UCC Manual) “Other Major Assets”; and
    4. Making recommendations to the regional council executive
      • on the meaning of “major renovations” for the regional council as described in G.2.1.3 (2019 UCC Manual) “Major Renovations”; and
      • Informing the communities of faith within the bounds of the regional council of the meaning of “major renovations”.

Finance

    1. Establishing and making recommendations to the regional council executive for the annual budget based on
      • revenue from the denominational assessment;
      • revenue from the “Finance & Extension Board”;
      • expenditures for Governance & Shared services;
      • expenditures for Mission & Ministry including those of Mission Support; and
      • other matters within the agreed disbursement amount
    2. Working with the Trustees of the Restricted Funds to ensure oversight and compliance within their terms of reference;
    3. Receiving and reviewing financial statements for the Region and passing this information to the regional council executive for information or approval as required; and
    4. Generally providing oversight for the financial affairs and contractual obligations of the Regional Council.

    MEMBERS

    • Fred Braman (chair)
    • Jim Vanstone
    • Paul Stanfield
    • Peter Mundie
    • Rick Sheffer
    • Rev. David Clinker
    • Dave McCormack
    • Peter Bisset
    • Stéphane Godbout
    • Rev. Bill Jay
Nominations

MANDATE

The Nominations Leadership Team recommends appointments for the Regional Council Executive, and other leadership teams, boards, task groups, or United Church representatives, as requested by the Regional Council, its Executive, or the Executive Minister.

MEMBERS

Youth and Family Ministry

MANDATE

The Youth and Family Ministry leadership team is responsible for vision and steering the Youth, Young adult and family ministries of the Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council.

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Joelle Leduc
  • Rev. Dr. Alyson Huntly
  • Natalya Scott-Sandy
  • Rev. Linda Buchanan
  • Rev. Tami Spires
  • Georgia Barratt-Lamey 
  • Gary Tompkins
  • Jillian Lalonde
  • Tamara Mckenzie
  • Jean-Daniel Williams
  • Jennifer Carroll
  • Denis Ashby
  • Hannah Bailey
  • Shanna Bernier (staff)

NETWORKS / SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

 

Archives

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Beverly Anderson-Levine (staff)
  • Shirley Cartmill
  • Tessa Ann Griffin
Environment / Nakonha:ka Green Team

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Georgia Copland
  • Rev. Lee Ann Hogle
  • Aaron Miechkota
  • Lorraine Pitre
  • Natacha Sanson
  • Rev. David Fines
Food Ministry

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Ivylin Scott
Living Into Right Relations

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Read Sherman
  • Lisa Byer-de Wever
  • Grace Cawley
  • Rev. Dr. Samuel V. Dansokho
  • Natacha Sanson
  • Andrea Nugent
  • Robert Patton
  • Sabrina Heffernan
  • Rev. Pierre Goldberger 
  • Aaron Miechkota

Join our Facebook Group: Living Into Right Relations – Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council 

Loss and Living Exploration

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Rev. Ian Smith
  • Lorane Mckenzie
  • Bruce Houghton
  • Beverly Clark
  • Judy Coffin (staff)
Remote Communications

MANDATE

MEMBERS

  • Paul Stanfield
  • Peter Mundie
  • Rev. Lee Ann Hogle
  • Judy Bachelder
  • Rev. Kent Chown (chair)
  • Andrew Schurman
  • Rev. Mark Hammond
Strategic Communications / Translation

MANDATE

As a multilingual regional council, it is important to have a clear strategy for communications across multiple platforms in multiple languages. The mandate of this team is to assess and determine priorities for translation, to ensure that important resources are available in English and French and to support efficient and effective communications across platforms.

MEMBERS

  • Judy Coffin (staff)
  • Rev. Joelle Leduc
  • Marc Grenon
  • Rev. Denis Fortin
  • Rev. Darla Sloan
United Church Women

MANDATE

The UCW’s mission is to love God; foster Christian commitment, faithfulness, and spirituality; and promote respect and love for all God’s creation.
Any woman “willing to contribute her prayers, gifts, and services for the work of the Church” may join the United Church Women (UCW). Along with providing important networking and social bonding opportunities, the UCW has led discussions on, for example, feminism and restorative justice. 

MEMBERS

  • Valerie Nickson
  • Pat Hurley
  • Shirley Stark
  • Janice Knowles
  • Linda Hoyt
  • Sharon Moore
  • Carolyn Linde
  • Linda Scarriddco
  • Lorane Mckenzie

PARTNERS

 

Finance and Extension Board

MANDATE

The Finance & Extension Board of Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council, United Church of Canada was incorporated in June 1926 under the United Church of Canada Act. The assets of the board acquired over many years from acquisitions of property,donations, bequests and the investment thereof are invested in a balanced portfolio. The investment of these funds is entrusted to professional investment counsel. The income and gains from these investments are used to carry out the purposes of the Board through certain annual programs and grants.

MEMBERS

  • Rick Sheffer (President)
  • Peter Bisset (Vice-President)
  • Paul Stanfield (Treasurer)
  • John Meaker (Secretary)
  • Bruce Walsh
  • Dave McCormack
  • Diane Campbell
  • Fred Braman
  • Jan Langelier
  • Marc Grenon
  • Rev. Mark Hammond
  • Monique Moser
  • Paula Kline
  • Peter Mundie
  • Renate Sutherland
  • Ted Rutherford

Finance 

  • Ted Rutherford (chair)
  • Rick Sheffer
  • Peter Bisset
  • John Meaker
  • Paul Stanfield
  • Dave McCormack
  • Peter Mundie

Investment 

  • Paul Stanfield (chair)
  • Rick Sheffer
  • Peter Bisset
  • John Meaker
  • Fred Braman
  • Peter Mundie
  • Ted Rutherford 

Property 

Bursaries

  • Jan Langelier (chair)
  • John Meaker
  • Dave McCormack
  • Monique Moser
  • Renate Sutherland
  • Resource persons: Nancy Drew, Libby Monaco

Sabbatical Leave

  • Renate Sutherland (Chair)
  • John Meaker
  • Diane Campbell
  • Resource person: Rev. Maurice Nerny

Nominating 

Staff

La Table des ministères en français

MANDATE

La Table des ministères en français was created with the intention of ensuring, on a continuous basis, cultural and linguistic representation within the United Church of Canada, whose conciliar structures are undergoing transformation.

La Table has three fundamental objectives: to support the French-language departments already in place; promote the establishment of new ministries in French; and to help the whole Church to respect its commitments regarding the use of French. The establishment of links with French-speaking churches on an international scale and the sharing of experience from secularized French-speaking environments will constitute important contributions for the whole of the Church.

For more information, see Covenant-LaTable-Bilingual or contact Tyson Gofton