Last week Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson announced sweeping changes in the staff of our synod office. Among the senior staff our diocese now has a new Executive Officer (Pilar Gateman) and a new Treasurer (Lorraine Betts). Among leading diocesan volunteers, he has announced a new Archivist, a new chair of the Property Committee, and a new member of the Legislative Committee. Carol Tubman will continue as diocesan secretary.
These new appointments signal the recent departures of Barry Foster (former Executive Officer), Steve Koning (former Financial Officer), Dorothy Schultz (former Assistant to the Director of Finance), Murray Tait (former Vice-Chancellor), and Cathy Fulton (former Archivist).
Yes, there are stories behind all these changes; no, this is not the place to tell those stories. But it is the place to invite you to a reception being planned for all the outgoing staff and officers of synod by a group of their friends. Friday, October 26, from 2 to 4 pm, please join us in the Crump Room at Christ Church, Elbow Park, to honour these devoted people who have served us so well over the years.
A “purse” will be presented to each of these faithful servants to thank them for their many years of service. We are, therefore, asking for donations toward those gifts. If you would like to contribute, please do so by October 21, made out to St. Stephen’s Church, with the memo “Diocesan Staff”. Change is sometimes unwelcome, but it is sweetened by thoughtful gestures of thanks and appreciation.