Hello! My name is Jillian Ruch. I am so excited to be not only the chair of AYMC but also one of the York-Scarborough Area Youth Coordinators. I will be working mainly in the deaneries of Toronto East, St. James and Eglinton. I look forward to meeting you all! I am passionate about all things related to youth and those who work to better their lives. I have been working with youth in one way or another for almost 18 years.
The youth in our area have so many different needs, and through our work together, I look forward to building networks of youth engaging with God intentionally and meaningfully. My work as the area coordinator is twofold: to provide youth leaders with the support and resources they need and to plan events for youth in the area.
I would be very interested in connecting with you and networking together with others in our area and the diocese so we can continue to grow in faith and camaraderie within youth ministry and the larger church. Please contact me at either the email address or on our Facebook page (click the links below).
With Many Blessings,
Greetings, I’m quite honoured to be working alongside Jillian Ruch as one of the Area Youth Ministry Coordinator for York-Scarborough. Working with young people has always been a passion of mine. In my full-time work, I am employed as a Child and Youth Worker for various organizations in the Toronto area. I have worked primarily with young people within residential care (group homes) as well as within the youth criminal justice sector. Being a cradle Anglican (and the son of an Anglican priest, the Rev. Canon Gregory Physick) I was very fortunate to be raised within a rich faith tradition steeped in history and one that allowed for a myriad of opinions and expressions. Another aspect that excited me (and continues to excite me) is the fact that the church is so active within social justice, echoing the call to “seek and serve” all persons and to be active witnesses to Christ in the world.
I have also been very fortunate to come across many very helpful and influential people within the church as well. I was a member of St. Margaret in-the-Pines Anglican Church from 2008-2015. I was very blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve in youth ministry at the church and to be part of an inviting congregation that encouraged my own growth as I developed a greater understanding of the wider church structure. I now worship at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Scarborough, where I serve as the Youth Group leader and have been blessed once more to be part of a church that is activity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of so many young people.
My particular hope and aspiration is to work at connecting churches in York-Scarborough in a meaningful way so that the various youth groups and ministries feel an encouraging and growing sense of togetherness. We have been fortune to have been blessed with the greatest message on earth: the redemptive and life-changing power of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ! I would also like to thank those volunteers in the church who spend countless hours working with our young people and who without their dedication and perseverance would make my job evermore challenging.
Looking for other youth events in the diocese? Visit our online Calendar of Events and search under Youth.