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Shining Waters Regional Council Staff

Peter Hartmans

Peter Hartmans

Executive Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council and Canadian Shield Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6117
Email: phartmans@united-church.ca
Teleworks and spends time in each region.

Peter provides leadership, counsel and support for the governance and administration of the Regional Councils.

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Rachael Howes

Rachael Howes

Executive Assistant and Administration, Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Water Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 
6144
Email: rhowes@united-church.ca 
Works from the Main Office in Guthrie, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rachael provides administrative support to the Executive Minister and the Shining Waters region.

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Susan Whitehead

Susan Whitehead

Executive Assistant and Administration Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Water Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6134
Email: swhitehead@united-church.ca
Works from the North Bay Main Office.

Susan provides administrative support to the Executive Minister and the Canadian Shield region.

Jody Maltby

Jody Maltby

Staff Lead: Regional & Congregation Support, Shining Water Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 
6226
Email: jmaltby@united-church.ca  
Teleworks and works from the Guthrie Main Office

Provides oversight and support to Regional Council staff and Community Ministry staff and committees; assists the region to develop and implement priorities, in partnership with the Executive Minister; provides support to Communities of Faith and Incorporated Ministries, working closely with the Pastoral Relations Ministers.

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Dale Hildebrand

Dale Hildebrand

Pastoral Relations Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6261
Email: dhildebrand@united-church.ca
Works in the Toronto Office, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fosters healthy pastoral relationships by assisting the Regional Council to serve, support and provide oversight to the Communities of Faith, and by encouraging and supporting ministry personnel toward health, joy and excellence in ministry practice. Responsible for all the Communities of Faith and ministry personnel in the region that are located south of highway 407.

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 Todd McDonald

Todd McDonald

Pastoral Relations Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council (full time)

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6235
Email: tmcdonald@united-church.ca
Teleworks and works in the Guthrie Office.

Todd fosters healthy pastoral relationships by assisting the Regional Council to serve, support and provide oversight to the Communities of Faith, and by encouraging and supporting ministry personnel toward health, joy and excellence in ministry practice. Responsible for all the Communities of Faith and ministry personnel in the region that are located north of highway 407.

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Susie Henderson

Susie Henderson

Minister, Community Engagement & Partnership, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6262
Email: shenderson@united-church.ca 
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office on Wednesdays.

Susie supports and facilitates the mission strategies of the Regional Council and Communities of Faith; coordinates  communication strategies; liaises with the General Council and other courts of the church, ecumenical and inter-faith networks, to promote and support healthy congregations, social and racial justice, right relations, and affirming ministries.

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Donna Rutz

Donna Rutz

Administrative Support, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6145
Email: drutz@united-church.ca 
Teleworks on Mondays and Fridays and works in the Toronto Office Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call ahead to ensure office is open.

Donna provides administrative support to the Shining Waters Region including pastoral relations and program support.

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Jeffrey Dale

Jeffrey Dale

Youth Ministries Coordinator, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 647.382.6824
Email: jdale@united-church.ca 
Works at Grace United Church in Barrie, Monday – Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jeffrey works with Communities of Faith and those interested in youth ministry to assist in the animation of children and youth ministries in the local community and throughout the region; overseas the Camp Awesome Program, Youth at the Regional Meeting, and youth engagement in arts and justice ministries.

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Karen Hilfman Millson

Karen Hilfman Millson

Minister for Congregational Support and Cluster & Network Animation, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6233
Email: khilfman@united-church.ca 
Teleworks and works in the Guthrie Main Office (14 hrs/wk).

Walks alongside and engages in intentional conversations with individuals and communities of faith to encourage the emergence of clusters and networks at a grassroots level; and shares the stories from place to place. Karen will primarily focus on the area north of HWY 407 but clusters and networks know no boundaries so they develop where there is energy, interest and opportunity.  

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Jean Ward

Jean Ward

Minister of Cluster and Network Animation, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: jward@united-church.ca 
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office (14 hrs/wk)

Walks alongside and engages in intentional conversations with individuals and communities of faith to encourage the emergence of clusters and networks at a grassroots level; and shares the stories from place to place. Jean will primarily focus on the area south of HWY 407 but clusters and networks know no boundaries so they develop where there is energy, interest and opportunity.

Ren Ito

Ren Ito

Social Justice Animator, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6238
Email: rito@united-church.ca 
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office (4/5ths time)

Encourages and connects communities of faith in justice work and supports the Regional justice priorities. 

Marlene Britton-Walfall

Marlene Britton-Walfall

Office of Vocations Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Water Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6102
Email: mbritton@united-church. ca

Supports the processes for the discernment and training of ministry personnel, the determination of their fitness/readiness for accreditation, the fulfillment of continuing education standards, and the formal processes for oversight and discipline of ministry personnel.

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Karen Joy Seunarine

Karen Joy Seunarine

Stewardship & Gifts Officer, Philanthropy Unit, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6227
Email: kseunarine@united-church.ca
Teleworks and is available for consultations.

Supports churches and individuals in all areas of stewardship whether that be annual budget, outreach in your area or individuals leaving their legacy.  Why not give Karen a call and see how she can help you or your church undertake consequential acts of kindness and generosity.

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Joan Bailey

Joan Bailey

Administrative Support, Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Water Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6138
Email: jbailey@united-church.ca 
Teleworks (part-time)

Provides administrative support to Ministry Personnel for marriage licenses in Canadian Shield Region and Shining Waters Region.