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As we make our way as a regional council and experiment with new ways of working, we want to introduce this news bulletin, Currents, one component of our new communication plan which we will share more about in September. From this point forward, an issue of Currents will follow each Executive meeting to share regional news and decisions.

Over the summer our Executive has met three times, June 20, July 24, and August 28, 2019. The minutes as they come available are posted on the website . In the meantime here’s a round up of news.

We are an Affirming Region

Following the approval of our Equity Policy at our regional meeting we have been acknowledged as having interim Affirming status as a region. Over the next year we will create our action plan and grow into becoming an Affirming region. Three members from Shining Waters attended the Affirm United S’Affirmer Ensemble national conference in Calgary, Karen King (College Street United and member of the Equity Committee) and Ren Ito and Susie Henderson (staff).

The Social and Ecological Justice Commission is in place

The Commission policy was approved (it will be available when the minutes are posted) and a call for nominations was issued three times over the summer. There are still two spaces available and the current membership approved for a two-year term is:

Susan Eagle (chairperson)
Alana Martin
Tina Conlon
Donna Lang
Eleanor Scarlett
Lois Brown
Moon Ja Park
Camerson Watts
The Executive is grateful to those who have come forward to offer their gifts to this essential work.

Executive Members

Members of the Shining Waters Regional Council Executive are:

David Leyton-Brown (President)
Jingle Ayupan
Pat Edmonds
Allan Holditch
Kirsty Hunter
Isaac Kamta,
Steven Loweth
Jessica McCrae
Lynn Mooney
Allyce Mutungi
Moon Ja Park
Daniel Reed
Dong-Chun Seo
Jessica Stevenson
Martha ter Kuile
Staff support: Peter Hartmans (Executive Minister)

With gratitude we also acknowledge those who will serve on the Nominations Committee for a three year term:

Kirsty Hunter (chairperson)
Steven Loweth (Executive representative)
Lawrence Nyarko

Please keep the work of our Executive and our President in your prayers.

Upcoming Executive Meetings

September 12, 2019 — a joint meeting of Executive and all Commissions
October dates are not yet set
November 26, 2019

2020 Regional Meetings

It was agreed that our regional gatherings will take a new shape next year with a New Ministry service on Saturday, May 23, 2020 and the Shining Waters Regional Council Regional meeting to take place in the fall of 2020 with the date and location to be determined.

Blessings as you savour the last moments of summer.
the Shining Waters Regional Council Executive