Our Leadership Team
Incumbent: The Rev'd Grace Burson
An interview between parish newsletter editor Barbara Peden and Rev'd Grace for the 2018 Summer edition: "Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, Grace holds degrees from Williams College and Yale University, and previously served two Episcopal congregations and one Lutheran parish in New Hampshire. We got acquainted with the Rev. Burson by email. “I grew up as the Sunday School lady's daughter; my mother not only ran the children's programs at our local parish, but was and is a writer and illustrator of children's church materials (http://www.the-sunday-paper.com/). So when I was a kid, if we weren't at school or at home, we were probably at church! “In my teens and early twenties, I was somewhat resistant to the idea that I might be called to the ministry, but the Holy Spirit wouldn't leave me alone, and I began the formal ordination process in my third year of seminary. My call to the ministry is rooted in the priestly functions of preaching and the sacraments; from these central elements flow all the rest of the life of a Christian community. “I was ordained deacon in June of 2008, in Connecticut, the diocese where I went through the ordination process. In September, we moved to New Hampshire, where I served as curate of Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester, the largest city in the state (and one with a significant French-Canadian history and cultural presence) for three years. “From October of 2011 to October of 2015 I was rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plymouth, NH, about an hour north of Manchester, a small town near the White Mountains which is also the home of Plymouth State University. Finally, I served for two years as Associate Transitional Pastor (an assistant interim, essentially) at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newington, NH, on the Atlantic seacoast. I sincerely hope to stay put for longer this time around!” Rev. Burson lived in England and Germany, as a student. “I spent my junior year of college (1998-99) in Oxford, England, on an exchange program, where I wore an academic gown while riding around town on a bicycle, sang in the Bach Choir and the Corpus Christi College chapel choir, went punting, beat the bounds* on Ascension Day with the University Church, and generally behaved like an insufferable Anglophile. “Then, in 2005-06, my then-husband and I moved to Konstanz, Germany, for a year, so he could complete the research for his dissertation on the social and economic history of the region in the late Middle Ages. I knew very little German when I arrived, but I learned enough that it's now a challenge for me to access my high school French because the German vocabulary and grammar often pop up first, but I'm sure that will change.” . *Beating the bounds: an ancient English practice of walking around the perimeter of the parish once a year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beating_the_bounds
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Gibb
Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons: 12 - 3pm, Wednesdays, 9:30am - 3:30pm, tel: 514-631-3601 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Summer office hours, (July and August), are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 12 - 3pm
Rafael De Castro, Music Director
Rafael de Castro became interested in playing the organ at an early age, and is a graduate of the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City. A teaching fellowship brought him to McGill University where he worked on his Master’s degree. During his time at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, he completed his Concours in the class of Bernard Lagacé. European studies include courses with Guy Bovet and Monserrat Torrent. Over the years he has taught music at Centennial Regional High School as well as being Organist-Choir Director at the Anglican Churches of St Paul, Lachine, and the Resurrection in Pointe Claire. He has served nationally as vice-president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and Chairman of the National RCCO Organ Playing Competition, and locally as President of the Montreal Centre. This organization provides certification for organists at various levels. He has played concerts in the Americas, Europe and South Africa. He has recorded Baroque organ music on the Zwolle, Holland, Schnitger organ, Spanish organ music on two Spanish instruments in Mallorca, Spain and is currently working on a CD recording of German Baroque organ music. In his spare time, he loves to cook, read and you might see him skimming along the Saint Lawrence in his 14’ red kayak. His wife is Director of Music at Mountainside United Church in Westmount and their daughter works in Medical Records in Ottawa.
Treasurer: Trevor Smith
Trevor and Carol Smith joined the Parish of St. Andrew & St. Mark in 1976. In the earlier years, Trevor served on the building committee and prepared the schedule of readers, intercessors and lay assistants. He later served as a sidesperson, lay assistant and collection counter. It was in 2005, when Trevor retired as athletic director at Lower Canada College and Carol from the Pointe Claire Library, that their involvement at 865 Lakeshore Drive increased. Trevor has served as a warden, a reader, lay assistant, coordinator of counters, and became parish treasurer when Linda Smith retired. He has coordinated the semi-annual garage sales and done his best to find solutions when building problems occur. Major projects included the basement floor and the replacement of the sewage pipes.
Wardens: Nancy Longworth Hamilton, Helen Haslam
Nancy Longworth Hamilton grew up in Church of the Resurrection and after leaving for a few years rejoined COTR with her husband 32 years ago. She was the Parish Administrator at COTR for nine years before leaving to pursue full-time employment. Although Nancy has been a long-time member of COTR she was baptized at St. Mark’s. Over the years she has been active at the diocesan level but is now prioritizing our new parish of PRAM. She looks forward to seeing what we will become as we grow and develop as a new congregation.
Helen Haslam has been a member of Saint Andrew and St Mark's for about 15 years, coming from St James the Apostle. She is a life-long chorister (and opera buff) and has a professional background in project management and corporate planning. She was instrumental in setting up Living Stones, and then the Quebec Religious Heritage Foundation, and has held a number of Diocesan and Parish positions. She now lives in Hudson, and tries to find time to garden and quilt.
Deputy Wardens: Laura Hill, Gladys Randle, Maureen Shields, George Sklivas
Laura Hill and her husband joined the Church of the Resurrection 32 years ago. “The warm welcome
and friendships with other young families encouraged me to stay.” She enjoyed working on theme
dinners, Christmas bazaars and many administrative tasks. Laura also enjoys singing in the choir. She even took “a leap of faith” and tried liturgical dance, and found it a moving experience.
Gladys Randle Gladys will receive the Bishop’s Medal this year for her lifelong commitment to the Church of the Resurrection, Valois. She has prepared countless dinners, belonged to many parish associations and helped administer their affairs. Last year Gladys celebrated 40 years of coordinating Christmas bazaars and fundraisers.
Maureen Shields When Maureen starting attending St Mark’s with her husband, Mervyn, about 12 years ago, they knew many in the congregation through golfing, curling and bridge. She prepares the duty roster, and was until recently Deputy People’s Warden of St Andrew’s and St Mark’s. Maureen and Merv have two sons and six grandchildren.
George Sklivas is a lifelong Anglican who has served as a People’s Warden and on
committees elsewhere in the Diocese. He joined the Parish of St Andrew and St Mark in 1987.
George counts the Sunday collection, and has sung in the choir. He recently served on the parish search
committee. He is a financial advisor. A widower who recently remarried, George shares six
children, 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Lay Readers: Simon Hartropp, Bob McLachlan, Yvonne Wakeland, Mark Weatherly
Yvonne Wakeland immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1957. After graduating from the Royal Victoria Hospital, she worked as an occupational health nurse and owner of a health care agency until 2000. Over the years, She has been a Warden, Bazaar convener, chalice administrator, Synod delegate, Facilitator of Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) programs and led Bible Study in Montreal, Sutton and Ottawa. She also served on the Lay Education committee for the Diocese of Montreal and the Corporation of the Diocesan Theological College. In 2003 she was commissioned as a Lay Reader, and graduated in the Education for Ministry (EFM) program in 2008. She also loves to sing and play tennis and golf. Throughout her life she has participated in various fundraising activities for local churches and the Diocese and she is happy to continue serving in the mission and the ministry of the church. We certainly are happy to have her on the team!
Simon Hartropp: I was blessed to meet Jesus as a child through our neighbourhood Bible Club. Through school, university, family and work life our journey, (my wife Karen and I) together has taken us to many places to meet a whole bunch of fascinating people. Work life led us to Canada in 1992 with three children [Bethany, Miriam and Sara] in tow - Tabitha joined the nest in 1994. I rejoice that all my offspring are now adults pursuing their chosen careers. I was appointed a Lay Reader in 1996. It is a privilege to lead prayer & worship, to share Jesus messages for today overlaid on timeless bible-based truth, and to learn with others what it means to live for Jesus each day. A bonus is to exercise these privileges alongside performing arts such as singing, playing keyboard instruments or liturgically dancing (but not all at the same time!). My motto? Love, Joy, Peace and Hope in Believing.
Meditatio Leader: Stacey Neale