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Parish Leaders Workshops

Fall 2024 Workshop – Save the date!

We are working on a follow-up session to be held this fall. The spring workshops covered primary topics for Churchwardens and in the Fall we will look at other topics like volunteer management for example.  Stay tuned, more information will be shared as plans firm up on this webpage and in Bulletin Board (the Diocese’s bi-weekly e-bulletin for clergy and lay leaders).

  • Wed. Nov. 6 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Sat. Nov. 9 from 9 am to 12:30 pm

Spring 2024 Workshops

In March, the Diocese held Supporting Parish Leaders workshops.  These workshops are held each year shortly after vestry season.

Generally, topics include: Governance and Archives (legal framework and governance structure, role of Churchwardens, Synod 2025), Real Property Management (licenses/leases, building condition inspections, rectories, “beneficial ownership”), Parish Finances (CRA, responsibilities, internal controls and trust funds), and Human Resources (screening, contractors vs. employees, hiring & firing).


If you missed the workshop, you can watch the presentations on YouTube.


For more information, contact Pamela Boisvert, Secretary of Synod, at 647-578-9755.

Resources:  Governance Presentation (slide deck), Organizational Chart, Staff Directory, Parish Leaders’ Manual, Constitution and Canons


For more information, contact Claire Wilton, Archivist & Privacy Officer, at 647-578-9729.

Resources:  Archives Presentation (slide deck)

Parish Property

For more information, contact Mac Moreau, Director of Property Resources, at 226-784-8887 .

Resources:  Property & Insurance presentation (slide deck), Canon 6 flowchart, Canon 6 approvals procedure:  Summary,  Red checklist and attestation, Yellow checklist and attestationGreen checklist and attestation, Insurance resource, Insurance contact

Parish Finances

For more information, contact Patricia D’Souza, Director of Finance, at 647-578-9756

Resources:  Finance Presentation (slide deck)

Parish Human Resources

For more information, contact Deb Journeaux, Director of Human Resources, at 647-578-9730

Resources:  Human Resources detailed Presentation (slide deck), Parish Human Resources ManualWho to contact for HR matters informationHuman Resources toolkitLegalConnex: an included benefit for Ecclesiastical policyholdersHRAssist: a value-added, included benefit for Ecclesiastical policyholdersProfessional Assist: helping policyholders manage a healthy work environment

Stewardship Education

For more information, contact Peter Misiaszek, Director of Stewardship Development, at 647-638-6460.

Resources:  Stewardship Presentation (slide deck)


For more information, contact Canon Stuart Mann, Director of Communications, at 647-578-9767.

Acknowledgement form

Churchwardens are required to submit a duly completed and signed acknowledgement form.  It is imperative to initial beside statements indicating receipt of fundamental orientation in parish finance, real property management, human resources, and compliance with the Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith Policy.  This orientation can be fulfilled by participating in either an online workshop or by reviewing the materials accessible on the diocesan website.

Download a copy of the Acknowledgement form in pdf and word.   The completed acknowledgement form should be returned to the designated individual according to your deanery:

Etobicoke-Humber, Mississauga, North Peel, Tecumseth Deaneries in the West Archdeaconry

Parkdale- Toronto West, St. James, Toronto East Deaneries in the South Archdeaconry

Eglinton, Scarborough, York Central, York Mills Deaneries in the Central Archdeaconry

Holland, Huronia, Nottawasaga, Victoria-Haliburton Deaneries in the North Archdeaconry

Durham-Northumberland, Oshawa, Peterborough Deaneries in the East Archdeaconry