BOARD MEMBERS 2016 – 2017:
Noel Henry – Noel is a MDiv student at Tyndale seminary in Toronto. He is also the youth minister at St. Hugh and St. Edmund’s Anglican Church in Mississauga, Ontario. He is the chaplain at Hyanto, a camp in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Canadian representative in the WSCF-NA’s Advocacy and solidarity committee and is the alternate North American rep in ASC global. He loves Jesus and is all about flipping tables in His name. He is involved in racial, and immigration issues with the youth in his community.
Brandi Friesen Thorpe – Brandi is a member of our Board from rural Saskatchewan. She had her first connection to SCM with our group in Winnipeg, through the Honour Walk Project. Brandi is passionate about Aboriginal Solidarity, interrupting generational trauma, restoring dignity, Kingdom shaped justice, and community. These passions are reflected in the two historical figures she would most want to have coffee with: Nelson Mandela and Leymah Gbowee!
Catharine Johannson, Treasurer – Catherine lives in Gatineau, Quebec, and works in Ottawa, Ontario as an accountant. She is the treasurer of SCM. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba, and while a student there from 1993 to 1997 she was active in the SCM and served on the National Board of Directors as a Western Representative, then National Representative, and then represented North America on the Executive Committee of the World Student Christian Federation. Catherine rejoined the board in 2012 and has enjoyed helping the SCM’s budget deficit become a surplus and watching the regrowth of local units.
Sheilagh McGlynn – “I am a veteran Board member. I was a student member of the Board back in the 90’s. I was SCM staff in the 2000’s and now I’m back on the Board as a Senior Friend. I attended my first SCM event when I was in high school. A friend was involved and invited me to a winter retreat that was being held just outside of Ottawa. I thought it was the most amazing experience of my life. When I went to the University of Waterloo there was a new SCM chapter, and I was very excited to get involved in the organization. The rest is history…. I’m passionate about people finding their voice and being able to express themselves in different forms. For me it was about finding my faith in seeking justice in this world. I think lots of people are trying to figure out a way to articulate that, and this is where SCM is so important!” Shailegh is on the personnel committee of the SCM.
Ashley Russell – Ashley works as Director of Children and Youth Ministry at Church of the Ascension in Ottawa. Through her work there, Ashley has found and developed her true passion in life – teaching children and youth. Originally from Toronto, Ashley came to Ottawa to attend Carleton University in 2006, pursuing a Bachelor in English Literature and Religious Studies. Born out of her passion for women’s issues and Christian traditions on the fringes, Ashley also holds a Masters in Religion in Public Life. In June 2015, Ashley graduated with honours in the Bachelor of Education Urban Cohort Program at the University of Ottawa. Ashley loves to teach, garden, do yoga and is passionate about social justice. She is a member of SCM Ottawa and is part of the dramatic collective of Faith and Arts Ottawa. As a board member, Ashley will support SCM Canada’s Personnel Committee.
Nick Forte – Nick is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, serving parishes on the Gaspésie coast in Québec. The focus of his ministry is encouraging discipleship, encouraging Christians to live more fully as Christians, but in general, supporting everyone to be comfortably and more fully who they are. He is also passionate about mercy, justice, inclusion and a whole set of things which he’s found the SCM to be equally passionate about. This is largely why he got involved with SCM, at first as an SCMer at the University of Toronto. He believes community is, and has to be, at the heart of any human endeavour, and so is happy to be working in the community that is SCM! Nick will be on the board to support general matters, and as well on the Personnel Committee
Luciano Kovacs – Originally from Italy, currently living in New York, NY. Luciano is the Regional Secretary of the WSCF. He acts as the face of the Region, building partnerships with other ecumenical and justice-oriented groups, connecting the Region with the rest of the global Federation, and empowering the students within the member movements and local units, as well as overseeing the day-to-day business aspects of running a non-profit organization. “SCM and WSCF have shaped my life in untold ways and are fully part of my identity. I was involved in SCM/WSCF as a student in the 1990’s at local, national and international levels. SCM gave me enormous tools to articulate the connections between faith and justice.”
Bruce Fraser- Bruce introduced to the SCM while at the University of Waterloo, when a minister at a church college mentioned that someone was starting up an SCM. Bruce had come from an evangelical background, but had felt uncomfortable with the teaching that so much of the world’s population who happened not to be Christian would be condemned. It never struck him as fair or just, because it seemed more a function of where a person was born. In SCM Bruce found a community that cared about the oppression in the world, and cared enough to work to change it. It was the first time he had ever met people for whom their faith integrated every element of their lives, from their sexuality to the fundamental sense of what felt intuitively right. He passed through the dark night of the soul, not knowing what would happen to his faith, whether it would survive. Through the support and encouragement of this amazingly loving and passionate community working for social justice, he became a co-president and found his life direction was changed, and sought ways to make a difference in the world. He has worked internationally for a non-governmental organization in the field of sanitation, and has worked professionally in the areas of air quality and health and safety. He is passionate about writing poetry, healing and pursuing a spiritual path. After many years away, he was excited to join the SCM board as a way to give back to this organization which had such a profound impact on his life during his formative university years.
Peter is the incoming General Secretary (2016-2017). He got involved with the SCM in Toronto through his work with Christian Peacemaker Teams, finding many common areas in Indigenous solidarity, creation care, LGBTQ liberation and gender justice, and a critical engagement with the Bible and the Christian history. He was part of the collective that created the Cahoots festival and has worked alongside the SCM in several other join projects. Peter enjoys Arthurian literature, anti-oppressive stand-up comedy, queer-inclusive ecumenical worship and drinking cups of tea with friends and enemies.