Diocesan Committees & Chairs

Canon 10 on the Standing Committees of the Synod provides for the composition and authority of the committees of the Diocese. From a more pragmatic standpoint, many of our diocesan committees are engaged in the development of resources and programming that directly impact the lives of our congregations and it is important for congregational leaders to be informed about that work. What follows is a brief snapshot of the practical functions of the many diocesan committees. If you would like to speak with one of the committee chairs or would like to bring a matter relating to a committee’s work to their attention, contact information can be provided by contacting Wendy Pierson in the Diocesan Centre, 613-544-4774 x 130 (wpierson@ontario.anglican.ca).

Mrs. Maureen Sills, President

The Diocesan ACW Executive is comprised of the four regional presidents and vice-presidents, secretaries and treasurers and members at large. Monthly meetings are held to foster cooperation between the ACW branches as well as other church and community groups. The Diocesan ACW Executive has representation on Synod Council, the Social Justice Committee, as well as the Camp Hyanto Committee. The annual Thank Offering from the Diocesan ACWs has five recipient streams: The Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, Camp Hyanto, and three others on an ad hoc basis of an international and local nature. The ACW executive also maintains a Supply Cupboard at the Diocesan Centre which supplies local charitable groups with necessities such as baby layettes, clothing, etc. Donations to the Supply Cupboard from congregations are always welcome.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton, Chair

The Bishop’s Advisory Committee (BAC) consists of the Bishop, the Diocesan Executive Officer, the Dean, and three territorial Archdeacons. The BAC meets monthly to provide advice to the Bishop on the following matters: clergy vacant parishes and who might best fill them and clergy requiring moves or in pastoral need. The BAC considers and makes recommendations on policies respecting clergy and lay leadership including, among others; assessment and review, ordinations, sabbaticals and appointments to canonries and archdeaconries. The BAC also provides advice to Synod Council on the need to invoke Canon 43 on the realignment of parishes.

Mr. Roy Conacher, Chair

The Canons Committee regularly reviews the canons of the Synod and proposes amendments that are advisable or necessary. They examine new canons proposed for adoption or amendment, recommend editorial changes and offer advice. The Committee consists of the Chancellor as Chair, the Vice Chancellor and other members appointed by the Bishop upon the Chancellor’s recommendation.

Rev. Canon Peter Case, Chair

The Finance Committee is a standing committee of Synod Council. The committee is responsible for reviewing and providing guidance for all financial matters. Specifically, the committee assures internal controls, independent audit, and financial analysis for Synod. Basic responsibilities include: providing direction to Synod Council for fiscal responsibility; regularly reviewing Synod’s revenues and expenses, balance sheet, investments and other matters related to its continued solvency; approving the annual budget and submitting it to Synod Council for approval; ensuring the maintenance of an appropriate capital structure; and, overseeing the maintenance of Diocesan-wide assets, including prudent management of Diocesan investments.

The Rev. Nancy Beale, Warden

The purpose of the Lay Readers’ Association in the Diocese of Ontario is to: deepen the spiritual life of its members; stimulate regular reading of scripture; facilitate interchange of thought and experience; foster fellowship and encourage continuing education. The Lay Readers’ Executive Committee is responsible for maintaining effective communication with all members of the Lay Readers’ Association as well as welcoming each new Lay Reader as a member of the Association. The Executive Committee also organizes the annual Lay Readers’ Summer School. and develops training for Lay Readers through workshops and the Lay Readers’ Manual.

Vacant, Chair

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund committee encourages parish representatives through special events such as dinners and workshops. The PWRDF committee also highlights the first Sunday in May as PWRDF Awareness Sunday and the first Sunday in October as PWRDF Action Sunday.

Vacant, Chair

Diocese of Ontario Refugee Support (DOORS) focuses on the sponsorship of refugees as well as advocating for refugees. DOORS has supported refugees from Congo, Afghanistan and Burma.

The Rev. Trish Miller, Chair

The mandate of the Stewardship and Congregational Development Committee is to promote a diocesan-wide understanding of mission driven stewardship and serving communities. In our effort to fulfil this mandate, the SCDC supports and develops resources for congregational stewardship committees, stewardship representatives and other key leaders who seek to implement or improve mission driven, community based stewardship programs within their parishes. In so doing, we strive to ensure that our programs provide the assistance parishes and congregations require to plan and achieve their respective missional goals and objectives within their communities. Important to the work of the SCDC is the development of best practices that would see effective utilization of volunteer time and talent in all congregations through connecting and engaging with each other to share our knowledge and experiences.

Mrs. Paula Walker & Mrs. Mary Wooding, Co-Chairs

The Green Group encourages parishes to be more responsible stewards of God’s Creation. Besides offering practical suggestions for the greening of parishes, the Green Group hosts workshops and is planning an environmental film festival.

The Rev. Andrew Chisholm and
Mrs. Sylvia Dopking, Co-Chairs

The Training and Development Committee is responsible for the recruiting, screening, approving, and recommending people for ordained ministry. The Committee is also responsible for post-ordination training, planning and organizing clergy retreats and conferences. The Committee responds to requests for bursary assistance to both lay people and clergy, for conferences, courses, and longer programmes of study.