Staff

In addition to unique skills and gifts which each member brings to the Staff Team, each staff member must have the ability to act as:

Educator:
High skills in and a high commitment to motivating, training, supporting, and working with volunteers. Staff members are expected to team with volunteers in educational events and committee work.

Theologian:
The person, being conversant with the historic Christian faith, will be expected to have a commitment to a living, growing faith and a willingness to continue to develop and articulate her/his theology. As well, the person will recognize that faith development happens in community and will seek with others to explore and share their theologies.

Administrator:
Administrative skills are essential. Administration is a task shared by all team members and is related to program and committee areas.

Program Staff:

 

Julie Graham

Program Staff for Mission & Education
jgraham@nullskconf.ca

I am a United Church member with Anglican and Mennonite roots. I was born and raised on Coast Salish traditional territory along the Fraser River and Pacific Ocean in British Columbia. BC Conference youth and young adult ministry was central to my understanding of “church”, and my paid and volunteer work with Conference have left me with a permanent love of the regional expressions of our church.

I have a degree in Latin American Studies, Spanish, and French.  As a young adult, I moved to Toronto to work with Ten Days for Global Justice and then with KAIROS, where I focused on popular education, movement-building, and human rights. About a year and a half ago, I moved to beautiful Saskatchewan and Treaty Six territory with my partner, Jennifer Janzen-Ball. While with KAIROS, I worked often with Saskatchewan and Prairie communities and always loved it, so I thought I should just move here to be closer to you all.

These days, I am a co-facilitator for the United Church’s racial justice workshops; communications coordinator with Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble; a writer and education designer; and an instructor aide in Sask Polytechnic’s Language Instruction for Newcomers program.

I am very lucky; both my paid and volunteer work bring the privilege of connecting with a great diversity of people and places, including past and present work on water, climate justice, racial justice, right relations with Indigenous peoples, and human rights in conflict situations. I am delighted and honoured to journey in great footsteps and join the Saskatchewan Conference staff team and community!

 

Madeleine McLuhan-Myers

Conference Archivist
mmcluhan-myers@nullskconf.ca

(Note: Please send requests for archival information to archives@nullskconf.ca)

As archivist, Madeleine works to ensure that historical records of the United Church in Saskatchewan – including those from local churches, presbyteries and the Conference – are collected, documented, preserved and made available for research. She works closely with the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, in order to maintain and enable continued access to the archival collection.

Responsibilities of the archivist include: facilitating responses to information requests sent to the Conference Archives; reviewing, selecting and preparing records for inclusion in the archives; and working with the local Archives and History Committee, General Council Archivist and other Conference Archivists to further archival efforts within in the United Church.

Madeleine is a graduate of the Archival Studies (M.A.) program at the University of Manitoba and has worked in archives since 2006. She joined the Saskatchewan Conference staff in 2012.

Administrative Staff:

Bev Diebert, Administrative Staff
bdiebert@nullskconf.ca

Bev supports the work of most committees (Internship & Education Supervision, Interview Board, Interim Ministry, Nominations, Pastoral Relations and Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response), all the Networks and the Continuing Education Task Group.  She processes the daily mail including the Pastoral Relations forms, answers the office phone calls, maintains the Conference Website and the Conference Database, Pastoral Relations Availability and Vacancy listings, sends out regular E-notes/E-shares, and manages the e-mail inquiries from the Conference’s general mailbox. Bev works 80% time, or four days a week, Tuesday to Friday.

Heather Dootoff, Administrative Staff-Finance
hdootoff@nullskconf.ca

Heather works closely with the Conference Staff supporting the Conference Executive, the Finance and Administration Committee and the Mission Support Committee. She prepares all conference, committee, network and task group budget materials and is responsible for the financial accounting. Heather is the staff resource to the Mission Support Committee and receives all Mission Support, Saskatchewan Conference and Green Initiative grant applications. All requests of and replies from the Saskatchewan Conference Archives come by her desk.  Licence to Marry requests with the Saskatchewan Government should be directed to Heather.

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If you are interested in volunteering for the work of Saskatchewan Conference, please fill out our skills & abilities survey link. We need your gifts of time and skills!

For any questions contact Bev Kostichuk at 306-647-2679.

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