The Ministry and Personnel Committee (M&P) is a confidential standing committee reporting to the Board. Its role is to support communication between the congregation, minister, and staff, and generally work to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage. It oversees personnel matters, makes salary recommendations, welcomes enquiries and treats concerns in confidence
The board discerns values and priorities for Canadian Memorial by listening to the ownership. This rotating nine-member team oversees and inspires the work of the congregation, meeting monthly with the minister in their role as spiritual elders.
Our current Board members are: Duncan Etches (Chair), Karen Vanderheyden (Vice-Chair), Tom Schaeferle (Treasurer), Linda Denham (Secretary), Helen Beltramello, Michelle Cobban, Beth Hayward, Jen Kelly, Heather Olson, Gabriel Viehweger.
Communications and Administrative Assistant
Heather has a keen interest in all things related to social justice and sustainability, has a passion for creating effective communications and processes, and generally enjoys the simple things in life. Her past work in various industries has taken her on a journey through five countries, and has ultimately lead her to this position at CMUC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and law, and among other subjects, has studied human resources, business communications, public relations, and four languages.
Heather coordinates the communications for our programs, and provides administrative assistance to the ministerial team. She manages our website and social media, and works closely with the ministers to create our media for Sunday mornings.
Denis started with us as Rentals Coordinator and is now in the crucial role of Office Administrator. Denis has a diverse background, spanning child & youth work to studies in biotechnology. Before joining CMUC, he had worked as an Administrator for Fast Response Fire Protection Systems Inc., and worked extensively as a High Needs Education Assistant for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. He has a passion for social justice, the sciences, and art – and brings that passion into creating a welcoming and customer service-oriented atmosphere.
In addition to managing the front office of the Centre for Peace, Denis is also the primary contact regarding facility rentals and event collaboration.
Clarissa is originally from South Africa, where she was a preschool teacher for 2- and 3-year-olds. Herself a mom of two small children, she enjoys working with the youngest churchgoers and their caregivers each Sunday.