Saturday  April 23 1:00 p.m. Director of Finance Gail Gauthier

1.overall attendance down slightly 2014 stayed stable or gone up slightly – avg per attendee – 2.9% increase

Total membership:

2011 – 8,390

2012 – 8,060

2013 – 3,920

2014 – 3,844

2015 – 3,736

2014 – 2015 – -2.8%


Average Sunday Attendance (ASA):

100+ ASA – 14 parishes

75-99 ASA – 6 parishes

36-74 ASA – 15 parishes

35 or less ASA – 10 parishes

Deficit in 2016 budget = $226,500

Attendance is not growing. Average giving may have leveled off. Many small parishes continue to need our support.

I come from a position of trust. I need to get my head around how to regain trust.

We have work to do.

We are going to be in the regions in the coming year.

We are available for parishes for any questions or concerns you may have.

I want us to start using our resources. We need to look at what we are all doing. The silo approach is not going to get us going.

I plan to do workshops with treasurers and workshops.

I am used to customer service. And I do like to teach and help people.


In the summer I am going to come up with a flexible master chart of accounts.



Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation

Calls to Action:

We call upon the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to develop and sign a Covenant of Reconciliation that would identify principles for working collaboratively to advance reconciliation in Canadian society, and that would include, but not be limited to:

Reaffirmation of the parties’ commitment to reconciliation.

Repudiation of concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius and the reformation of laws, governance structures, and policies within their respective institutions that continue to rely on such concepts.

We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. This would include, but not be limited to, the following commitments:

Ensuring that their institutions, policies, programs, and practices comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Respecting Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination in spiritual matters, including the right to practise, develop, and teach their own spiritual and religious traditions, customs, and ceremonies, consistent with Article 12:1 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Mel – First off I want to welcome you to our land. Brothers and sisters. I would love to see the elders here. One question I have – all this work with First Nations… this  is all beautiful and all exceptional. But it is not reaching the regular people on the reserves. If they saw what is happening they would say, “Wow. Awesome.” Our people would be amazed if they could see what you are doing. You are opening doors to our homes and we want to embrace you. It is nice we can talk among the Diocese, but if the Diocese could talk to the reserves, there would be so much gossip. Brian embraces me. Brian institutionalizes me. Natives are institutionalized. In native eyes and ears even Christianity is institutionalized.