North Bay: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 1 | Thunder Bay: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 7 info4RC06@united-church.ca

Canadian Shield Regional Council Staff

Peter Hartmans

Peter Hartmans

Executive Minister

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 2
Email: phartmans@united-church.ca

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

Location: Teleworks and spends time in each region.

Role: Peter provides leadership, counsel, and support for the governance and administration in the Regional Councils.

Contact Peter about: Budget and Policy; Media and Public Statements; Regional Joys and Concerns; Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Violence.

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Susan Whitehead

Susan Whitehead

Executive Assistant and Administrative Support

Phone: 705-474-3350 | 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 1
Email: swhitehead@united-church.ca

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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Rachael Howes

Rachael Howes

Executive Assistant and Administrative Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 5
Email: rhowes@united-church.ca

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

Location: Works from the Shining Waters Main Office in Guthrie, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Contact Rachael about: General Inquiries; Family News; Minutes and Policies; Regional Meeting.

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Jeffrey Dale

Jeffrey Dale

Minister, Justice and Faith Formation

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: jdale@united-church.ca 

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Waters Regional Council
Location: Teleworks and works from Shining Waters Regional Council office

Role: Jeffrey encourages and connects communities of faith with matters of faith and justice and the regional council in youth and young adult ministry and matters of faith formation and liaises with the General Council in this regard.

Contact Jeffrey about: Camping Ministries; Faith Formation; Guaranteed Income; Harm Reduction; Homelessness; Poverty; Social and Eco-justice; Worship and Music; Youth and Young Adult Ministry

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Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Minister, Community of Faith Support

Phone:  Pending

Extension:  Pending
Email: dmatheson@united-church.ca 

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home

Role: Diane provides support for the region by encouraging and connecting communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Diane about: Conflict Resolution, Community Ministries, Congregational Finance, Covenants, Grants, Property, and Transitions - amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

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Melody Duncanson-Hales

Melody Duncanson-Hales

Minister, Community of Faith Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 4
Email: MDuncanson-Hales@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home

Role: Melody provides support for the region by encouraging and connecting communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Melody about: Community Ministries, Congregational Finance, Covenants, Grants, Property, and Transitions - amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

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Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Pastoral Relations Minister

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 3
Email: rsmith@united-church.ca

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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United Church of Canada staff who support Canadian Shield Regional Council specifically as part of their assigned denominational work through the General Council Office:

Melody Duncanson-Hales

Melody Duncanson-Hales

Community of Faith Stewardship Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 4
Email: MDuncanson-Hales@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield and Shining Waters Regional Councils

Location: Teleworks from home.

Role: Melody is your go-to for all aspects of community of faith stewardship, including annual giving programs, year-round stewardship, Mission & Service, planned giving, the United Church Foundation and more. Melody also brings her experience to the modules of Called to Be the Church: The Journey, the United Church stewardship program.

Contact Melody about: Called to be the Church: The Journey program; Congregational Giving; Mission & Service; Planned Legacy Giving; Stewardship Education; The United Church Foundation.

Kellie McComb

Kellie McComb

Office of Vocation Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 2034
Email:  kmccomb@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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Shining Waters Regional Council staff who occasionally do work with Canadian Shield Regional Council:

Jody Maltby

Jody Maltby

SWRC Regional Staff Lead and Communities of Faith Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 
6226
Email: jmaltby@united-church.ca  

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works from the Guthrie Main Office

Role: Jody coordinates the support to communities of faith, including coordinating the work of regional staff.

Contact Jody about: Conflict Resolution; Community Ministries; Congregational Finance; Covenants; Governance; Grants; Property Renovation or Sale; Transitions – amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

Susie Henderson

Susie Henderson

SWRC Communities of Faith Minister for Equity and Innovation

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6262
Email: shenderson@united-church.ca 

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home in Toronto

Role: Susie supports the regional council in planning and policy for equity and innovation and encourages and connects communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Susie about: Affirming Ministry; Community of Faith Mapping Project; Equity Committee; Innovative Ministry; Wellspring Blog

Donna Rutz

Donna Rutz

SWRC Communications and Administrative Support

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6145
Email: drutz@united-church.ca 

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office. Please call ahead to ensure the office is open.

Role: Donna provides administrative support to the region as a whole including communications, record-keeping, event planning, office management, and reception.

Contact Donna about: General Inquiries; Community Events; Communication Oversite; Covenanting Services; General Inquiries; Records Management; Regional Events; Social Media; Updating Contact/Subscription Information; Website.

Kim Uyede-Kai

Kim Uyede-Kai

SWRC Communities of Faith Support, Intercultural Diversity, Anti-Racism and Right Relations Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Role: Kim encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region and promotes and supports racial justice.

Contact Kim about: Anti-Racism; Conflict Resolution; Covenants; Governance; Intercultural Ministry; Right Relations; Vision and Mission

Dale Hildebrand

Dale Hildebrand

SWRC Pastoral Relations Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6261
Email: dhildebrand@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office. Please call ahead to ensure the office is open.

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

Contact Dale about: Conflict Resolution; Finding A New Minister; Lay Employees; M+P Committees; Licenses To Administer Sacraments; Pastoral Relationships Policy; Resources for Transition Times; Retirement; Sabbaticals; Sick Leave; Short Term Supply Ministers; Visiting Minister Options.  Dale is responsible for all the Communities of Faith and ministry personnel in the region that are located south of Highway 407 (Toronto area).

Todd McDonald

Todd McDonald

SWRC Pastoral Relations Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6235
Email: tmcdonald@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Guthrie Office.

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

Contact Todd 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. Todd is responsible for all the Communities of Faith and ministry personnel in the region that are located north of Highway 407 (Toronto).