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Three Courts: a new governance model for The United Church of Canada

As of January 1, 2019, The United Church of Canada adopted a three-council structure, consisting of communities of faith, regional councils and a denominational council.  Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council is one of 16 new regional councils in The United Church of Canada, replacing former conferences and presbyteries.

The Manual, 2022 The Manual of The United Church of Canada, 2022 edition, effective January 1, 2022.

Executive and Leadership Teams

EOORC Executive and Leadership Teams

Nominations List  (as of January 13, 2023)

EOORC Executive

(L) – Lay member; (MP) Ministry Personnel

  1. President Susan Hutton (MP) (2024)
  2. Past-President – Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro (MP) (2023)
  3. President-Elect – Susan DeHaan (MP) (2024)
  4. Indigenous Community – Rev. Teresa Burnett-Cole (MP) (2023)

Members at large:

  1. Jim Allen (L) (2025)
  2. Cathy Ryan (L) (2023)
  3. Carolyn Ruda (L) (2023)
  4. Ryan Kim (MP) (2025)
  5. Lynne Gardiner (MP) (2023)
  6. Cindy Casey (MP) (2024)
  7. Liz Church (L) (2024)
  8. Nancy Hazen (L) (2025)
  9. Vacancy (L)

Full member: Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly (Regional Council Executive Minister)

Corresponding Members: Joel Miller (Assistant to RCEM and Secretary of Region), Anita Jansman (Communications and Administrative Assistant), Dana Ducette (Youth), Rev. Peter Bartlett (Visioning, Clusters & Networks), Rev. Whit Strong (Pastoral Relations), Rev. Caroline Penhale (Office of Vocation), Rev. Lillian Roberts (Office of Vocation), Rev. Brian Cornelius (Treasurer), Nikki Nel (Camp Awesome Director) and Larry Richardson (Archivist).

 Leadership Teams

  1. Church Extension: Directors: Bert Cosman, Graham Campbell, David Debenham, Alan Gale, Daniel King, Charles Knight, Mike Nyenhuis, Don Reynolds; Members: Catherine Grant, Judy Harms-Potter, Linda Suddaby, Ted Brett; EOORC Appointments: Brian Cornelius (Resource: Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly)
  2. Communications: Lois Leroux, Lynne Gardiner, Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro and David Patterson (Resource: Anita Jansman)
  3. Finance: Brian Cornelius (Treasurer), Bruce Jackson, Joe Smarkala, Evered (Ev) Zytveld, Rev. Cindy Casey, Christine Kilburn, James Murray (Resource: Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly)
  4. Licensed Lay worship Leaders (LLWL): Georgina Fitzgerald, Sharon MacDonald, Cathy Ryan, Norma Wrightly, and Terrie Chedore (DM) (Resource: Rev. Whit Strong) 2 vacancies (1 Laity and 1 LLWL)
  5. Nominations: Bronwen Harman (Chair), Susan DeHaan, Karen McLean, and Sue Hutton – as President (Resource: Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly, Joel Miller) 3 vacancies (diversity in Regions missing)
  6. Pastoral Relations: Wayne Harris (Chair), Ina Bromley, Charlotte Hoy, Sharon MacDonald, Erin McIntyre, Linda Suddaby, Jim Allen, Patsy Henry and Karen McLean (recording secretary) (Resource: Whit Strong)
  7. Property: Don Reynolds (Chair), Ted Brett, Catherine Grant, Linda Suddaby (Resource: Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly)
  8. Scrivens-Baillie: Michael Harris, Ryan Babcock, Ken Browness, Malcolm Collins, Rev. Brian Cornelius, James Murray, Larry Richardson, and Ev Zytveld (Resource: Rev. Éric Hébert-Daly)
  9. Vision & Transformation: Rev. Cindy Casey (Chair), Jim Allen, Charles Barrett, Phyllis MacRae, Janice Peron, Deb Poirier, Patsy Henry, Christine Cross-Barkley, Rev. Melany Cassidy-Wise, and Rev. Sheryl McLeod (Staff Resource: Rev. Peter Bartlett)
  10. YAYA: Rev. David Sherwin (Chair), Rev. Steve Clifton, Rev. Heather McLurg-Murphy, Cathy Ryan, Hazel Ward-Moreau, Janet Nield (DM), Margaret Eddy, Rev. Kevin Moratz, and Rev. Tiina Cote (Resource: Dana Ducette)
  11. Social Justice Network of Ontario Regional Councils: Charles Barrett (Chair) (Resource: Rev. Peter Bartlett)
  12. Stewardship: Carolyn Ruda, Charlotte Hoy, Ray Lebeau, Nancy Hazen, Paul Sales and Carolle Dallas-Arbuckle and David Charles (Resource: Rev. Roger Janes)
  13. Representative to The Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality: application waiting on approval from Executive
  14. Affirming Leadership Team: Linda Stronski, Cathy Ryan, Bronwen Harman, Kim Baird and Roxanne Akhtar
  15. Representatives to Multi-Faith Housing: Sue Smarkala and Rev. Dianne Cardin
  16. Spiritual Care Hospital Ministry Leadership Team: Sandra Copeland (Chair) Rev. Brian Copeland, Jane Burgess, Margaret Joyce, Doug Robinson, and Nancy Hazen.

Download PDF: Nominations List_January 2023_V3

Governance Handbook
Holy Manners

What We Say and How We Say It — A message from the EOORC Executive — January 2022

With a new year just beginning, we feel this is a good time to remind EOORC members of the importance of communicating with each other in the manner that befits a Christian community. When speaking at meetings, worship services, on the phone, in emails and surveys, honest and respectful communication will always help us achieve our goals more effectively. It is particularly important to be mindful of what we say when so much of what we do at this time is virtual or electronic, and, as such, seems faceless and even anonymous.

The United Church of Canada has adopted Holy Manners as a way to effectively support communication within our faith community. Holy Manners remind us that we are called into community with God at the centre. It describes healthy ways to speak with each other so that love and respect are first and foremost in our minds. Some of the Holy Manners are:

  • keep God at the centre of everything we do,
  • each speak for ourselves,
  • speak for a purpose,
  • separate people from problems,
  • welcome the conflict of ideas,
  • honour the decisions of the body, and
  • commit to holding one another to account when we do not keep our holy manners

Holy Manners can be found on p. 192 of the 2022 Manual. Please take a few moments to prayerfully reflect on them and consider how we can be a healthy and loving community. Thank you.