A Message from the Board

Your Board wishes to keep you apprised of our activities. This time, we want to start with some “thank you’s”.

THANK YOU to many congregants who completed the surveys we sent out over the summer months. They provide the first-step information needed as the church commits to long-term goals in our new location. All of your efforts were gratefully received and will still be gratefully received as goals continue to be in development. If you didn’t have an opportunity to respond, the links are still available here:
Core Values 
Commitment Level
Perception and Mission

And….. THANK YOU to Carol Nasr and Liz Nickerson who stepped up to be Interim Co-Chairs of the Board in what might usually have been some quiet summer days. They were in for a surprise! They “stepped up to the plate” and everyone is grateful for their leadership (chairing many hours of meetings, drafting updates for the congregation and too many tasks to count) as we made the decision to move to Stanley Street. We are also grateful to all the folks connected to the Implementation Team as they proceed with next steps.

As for the Board itself: at any given time, we continue to be occupied with our legal, financial, ethical and administrative oversight of church activities through meetings and virtual discussions.

Beyond this, we recently had a day-long retreat at the home of Sean Foreman and Andre Bernard. Our foci for the day were to begin the process of developing long-term goals for SJUC; to explore how to keep congregants involved in creating and shaping these choices; and to develop SJUC’s role in reconciliation with our Nova Scotian indigenous peoples. We are also committed to developing strategies that arise out of our Open-Out studies.

In October, Tanya Nicholson stepped into the role of Chair of the Board. Margot Metcalfe will act as Vice-Chair and Co-Secretary. Other Board members are Sean Foreman, Treasurer; Pat Brennan-Alpert, Co-Secretary; Judy Schmidbauer, Chair of Ministry and Personnel; Scott McCrossin, Chair of Trustees; and Carol Nasr and Liz Nickerson who have remained on the Board as Members-at-large. Our hard-working clergy are also present in a non-voting capacity. They recuse themselves when staffing issues are discussed. 

Observers are welcome at all Board meetings. If you wish to observe, please be in touch with a Board member or with Connie in the office to make arrangements.

With good wishes for the Advent and Christmas season, from your Board members.