North Bay: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 1 | Thunder Bay: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 7



Call for Nominations

Are You Looking to Serve?

We are looking for people who reflect the diversity of Canadian Shield Regional Council, including but not limited to, cultural and ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, geography and age. We want to have good representation from racialized communities or other groups that traditionally have been marginalized in church decision-making. We seek people who can offer fresh perspectives and insights; those who bring knowledge and experience from being active in local communities. We need people who can see the big picture, people who are interested in innovative ministry, people who can help develop policies and people with a keen eye for details.  WE NEED YOU!

If you are interested in becoming involved in the church at a regional level but aren’t sure what is the right role for you, members of the Nominations Committee would be happy to have a conversation with you about your gifts and interests and help you to find the place that would be the best fit for you.  Contact Kathie Smith at:

Whatever your gifts, passion, or skill set you are invited to look at the vacancies below and submit nominations using the form at below the vacancies listing:

Vacancies Open in the Canadian Shield Regional Council

People across the Region are invited to express their interest or nominate others who have the gifts to serve in the following areas:

Current Opportunities to Get Involved

Canadian Shield Regional Council is currently recruiting new members for the following:

  • Regional Council Executive Committee Chair Elect (1 vacancy)
  • Regional Council Executive Committee Members (3 vacancies)
  • Affirming Ministries Resource Team (5 vacancies)
  • Property Resource Team (2 vacancies)
  • Right Relations Resource Team (3 vacancies)
  • Youth and Young Adult Resource Team (5 vacancies)
  • Nominations Committee (1 vacancy)


The position descriptions for each of the vacanices can be found here:

Regional Council Execuive Chair Elect (PDF | 1 page)
Regional Council Executive Committee Members (PDF | 1 page)
Affirming Ministries Resource Team (PDF | 1 page)
Property Resource Team (PDF | 1 page)
Right Relations Resource Team (PDF | 2 pages)
Youth and Young Adult Resource Team (PDF | 1 page)
Nominations Committee (PDF | 1 page)

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about any of our current opportunities to get involved, please contact Kathie Smith at:

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is a committee where expertise is gathered, best practices and knowledge retained and individuals are identified to be nominated to the executive, commissions and committees of the region.

For more information about the Nomintations Committee responsibilites and policies, please see the CSRC Policy and Procedures Manual – [ PDF – 64 pages ]


Expressions of Interest

How to Apply: If you are interested in any of the positions and would like to be considered by the Nominations Committee please fill in the online interest form below.

2023 CSRC Nominations

    NOTE: If you are nominating someone, please enter their contact and other information in the sections below. Add your name and email address at the end of the form.
    Details on current Commissions, Committees, and Resource Teams can be found on the CSRC Website.
  • Diversity

    Canadian Shield Regional Council is strengthened by involving a diversity of voices in its leadership. As we strive to become an intercultural and diverse church, it is helpful if we know some of the ways that members identify. Note that answering some of these questions is voluntary.
  • Please indicate the name of your community of faith and include the city or town where it is located i.e. Trinity UC - Thunder Bay.
  • (In terms of racial and ethnic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, geographic location, vocation or economic status)
  • Gifts and Experience

    It will be very helpful for the Nominations Committee to know a bit of the background and skills of the person being nominated.

    Examples of things you might wish to share:

    - A statement about why you think the nominee is the right person to serve;

    - The gifts and experiences your nominee brings that would fit this role well;

    - A summary of your nominee's current and recent involvement in the United Church.

    - What draws you/the nominee to this position.

  • Acceptance Statement
  • The Nominations Committee encourages the person being nominated to talk this nominations over with one or two people who know you well and can offer you thoughtful feedback on whether this is a good match for your gifts and a good priority for you at this time.

Staff Support

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Pastoral Relations Minister

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 3

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Thunder Bay Office.

Role: Rob encourages and supports ministry personnel toward health, joy, and excellence in ministry practice.

Contact Rob about: Conflict Resolution; Finding A New Minister; Licensed Lay Worship Leaders; Licenses To Administer Sacraments; Pastoral Relationships Policy; Resources for Transition Times; Retirement; Sabbaticals; Sick Leave; Short Term Supply Ministers; Visiting Minister Options.

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Susan Whitehead

Susan Whitehead

Executive Assistant and Administrative Support

Phone: 705-474-3350 | 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 1

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Works from the North Bay Main Office.

Role: Susan provides administrative support to the Executive Minister, Regional Council Executive, and related Commissions.

Contact Susan about: General Inquiries; Bedrock Newsletter; Family News; Minutes and Policies; Regional Meeting.

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