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Focus Areas

Leadership & Formation

We have much to do over the coming years as our Diocese works to determine its place in a changing society. This change will require transformational and adaptive leadership to move us forward. We’re committed to supporting and developing the leadership capacity and capabilities of our clergy and lay leaders.

As we work through this change, we as Anglicans will remain committed and engaged with our faith through formation and discipleship to deepen our relationship with God and welcome new seekers into our community.

[Christ] handed out [a variety of] gifts … to train Christians in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.
– Ephesians 4:11-13 (The Message)

Together, we will intentionally develop leadership, both lay and clerical, by

  • Deepening the Christian spiritual lives of our clergy, lay leaders and parishioners.
  • Defining and developing transformational leadership that will be collaborative and accountable.
  • Identifying and nurturing current and future leaders.
  • Cultivating intercultural leadership that is reflective of the diversity in our communities.
  • Supporting the education and development of lay and clerical leadership that builds both skills and Christian character.
  • Changing our management model to refocus time and resources on formation and grow gift-based ministry

We will achieve this by:

  • Developing leaders (both clerical and lay) to lead the transformation of this Diocese.
  • Expanding the availability and practice of continuous education for both clergy and lay leaders.
  • Adopting new models of formation and diversity of leadership.

Working group

  • The Rev. Canon Beth Benson (chair)
  • The Ven. Kyn Barker
  • Bill Benson, ODT
  • Norah Bolton, ODT
  • Jean Glionna, ODT


    • Craig Gustafson
    • Chris Jones
    • The Rev. Geoff Sangwine
    • Nancy Truscott
    • Staff: Canon Mary Conliffe

Trust & Culture

When we say “we believe…” we are saying “we trust…”: in God, in God’s promises, in God’s people.

For this plan to succeed, we must work as a team, with the involvement and input of our partners, to lead our Diocese into the future. Across our Anglican community, we’re committed to fostering a positive culture that is respectful and inclusive of all backgrounds and experiences and that enables all individuals to contribute, recognizing the gifts and knowledge they bring. We know there are a lot of good things happening across our community, and as we develop and define our culture we will continue to share, celebrate and learn from each other.

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
– John 15:15

Together, we will build a collaborative and trusting culture by

  • Promoting mutually beneficial collaboration based on shared values and vision.
  • Strengthening respectful relationships and communication across the entire Diocese, including the Synod Office and local parishes, and with our community partners.
  • Developing guiding principles for the way we interact and communicate with each other.
  • Nurturing culturally inclusive leadership, behaviours and attitudes across the Diocese.

We will achieve this by

  • Continually evolving our culture to one that is positive, collaborative and adaptive to change and that reinforces our vision and values.
  • Building positive, respectful and transparent communication across this Diocese.
  • Developing working relationships to facilitate an integrated team-based operating model between Synod Office and parishes.

Working group

  • The Rev. Ian LaFleur (chair)
  • The Rev. Greg Carpenter
  • The Rev. Canon Stephen Fields


    • Susan Graham Walker, ODT
    • Andre Lyn
    • Staff: Rob Saffrey, Canon Stuart Mann, Deb Journeaux

Innovation Based on Evidence

The Church has made momentous changes based on the eyewitness evidence of God’s work. Think about the decision to include Gentiles in the early Church based on the evidence that Peter and others saw of God’s activity (Acts 10 and 15). We need to take bold risks based on the evidence of what God is doing.

We’re committed to bringing new and creative ways of thinking and operating into our Diocese. This could be achieved by adopting different forms and models of ministry or innovative programs and initiatives carried out by our parishes and Synod Office. To enable smart risk-taking and share best practices across our Diocese, we need to be more driven by data and evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, to make decisions, measure impact and learn from outcomes.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.
– Mark 2.22

Together, we’ll implement a culture of continuous improvement and intelligent risk-taking by:

  • Being open to change and new opportunities, and learning from both successes and failures.
  • Partnering with the National Church and other denominations and organizations to build a broad base of evidence and best practices.
  • Being intentional about measuring and reporting our performance.
  • Making decisions informed by data and evidence.
  • Investing in the tools and technology that will support sound decision making and increased accountability.

We will achieve this by

  • Doing things differently through the adoption of best practices and innovation.
  • Using data to measure outcomes for the purpose of continuous improvement.
  • Using technology to enhance data collection, reporting and decision making.

Working group

  • The Rev. Canon Judy Herron-Graham (chair)
  • Brian Armstrong, QC
  • Bill Bickle, ODT
  • The Rev. Susan Climo
  • The Rev. Dr. Alison Falby


    • Michael Gundy
    • Ian Stewart
    • Kirk Vandezande
    • Staff: Dave Krause, Peter Misiaszek
    • Consultants: Dr. John Bowen, Beth Fisher

Governance & Decision Making

As our environment changes and we seek to bring new and innovative models into our Diocese, we need a simplified and practical governance structure that is flexible and nimble to change, while also maintaining accountability and effectively mitigating unacceptable risks. As a Diocese, we will objectively review our structures and practices, and where they are lacking or limiting the missional work we are committed to, we will update them to make sure we’re able to embrace change and move forward.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
– Romans 12.2

Together, we’ll create a flexible organization that is responsive to change by:

  • Reviewing and modernizing canons, policies and procedures to align with our mission.
  • Implementing collaborative and flexible structures of governance and management.
  • Documenting and streamlining decision-making processes.
  • Being sensitive to our external environment and incorporating broad factors into decision making.

We will achieve this by

  • Reviewing and updating canons, policies and procedures in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Reviewing and updating the organizational and governance structure of this Diocese, including the Synod Office and parishes, to align with our mission.

Working Group

  • Sarah McDonald, ODT (Chair)
  • The Rev. Canon John Anderson
  • Bill Bickle, ODT
  • Mark Hemingway


  • The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave
  • Laura Walton, ODT
  • Staff: Rob Saffrey, Pamela Boisvert

Stewardship of Resources

Our Diocese is blessed with resources, both human and financial, that support our missional work. We’re accountable for these gifts and will use them boldly to respond to God’s mission. It’s essential that we manage these resources in a way that aligns with our vision, contributes to mission and supports vibrant, sustainable ministry across our Anglican community. Sharing these resources generously and broadly is an act of faith, an expression of compassion and a mark of collaboration.

From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
– Luke 12:48

Together, we’ll be faithful stewards of our current resources and seek out new ones to support our vision by

  • Responsibly investing in programs, parishes and people.
  • Embracing the diversity of our communities at all organizational levels.
  • Increasing the awareness and understanding of available diocesan resources.
  • Pursuing different streams of revenue and sources of funding.
  • Developing effective management models for real estate and other assets.
  • Using technology to improve the availability of information and reduce costs.

We will achieve this by

  • Strategically tracking, managing and leveraging real-estate assets to support the mission and future health of this Diocese.
  • Being an organization that attracts and retains the best clergy, lay leadership and staff.
  • Diversifying funding sources to support future needs and sustainability.

Property Working Group

  • Sandra Marki (chair)
  • Bob Baird
  • George Lewis, ODT
  • Max Marechaux
  • The Rev. Stephen Shaw
  • Sharon Zagrodney
  • Staff: Rob Saffrey, Livia Assuncao

Clergy Remuneration Working Group

  • Suzanne Lawson, ODT (chair)
  • The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil
  • Brian Armstrong, QC
  • The Rt. Rev. Peter Fenty
  • The Rev. Canon Janet Read-Hockin
  • Staff: Deb Journeaux, Amy Talbert