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Welcoming Cameron Fraser as CYM Secretary

Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) is delighted to welcome Cameron Fraser as its first CYM Secretary.

Cameron is a member of Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting and lives in Victoria. His background is in education, counselling and organization design and development. He has been working as the Principal at Pender Islands Elementary Secondary School in the BC Gulf Islands.

Cameron has served on Quaker committees including Education and Outreach Committee (E&O) and Agenda Committee at last year’s Canadian Yearly Meeting-in-Session.

The CYM Secretary is a pivotal role, responsible for supporting and enhancing the work of CYM Clerks, staff, and various committees. The Secretary will also work with Young Friends to develop appropriate resources and structure for youth engagement and outreach.

Cameron will start work in this position on August 1, 2017. He will be based in Victoria but also travel to work from the Ottawa office on occasion. Cameron plans to attend Representative Meeting in June, representing E&O.

Welcome Cameron!

For more details please see a welcome letter from the CYM Mentoring Clerk, or the CYM Secretary job description.

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Call for submissions: The Canadian Friend

Calling all Canadian Quakers to submit artwork, articles, poetry, reflections and news for the next edition of The Canadian Friend!

The theme for our upcoming spring/summer issue is ‘Faith in Action’.

  • What is the role for faith during the troubled times in which we are living?
    Is there a special quality to activism motivated by God / a leading / love?
    What does scripture / Quaker writings / Quaker experience say about taking action on social and environmental justice?
    Have you had a personal experience of being spiritually moved to act on an issue or injustice?

If you are moved to submit something on this theme – or to send something entirely different – please send in your submission by June 15 to:

If you have questions about what to submit, be inspired by The Canadian Friend back issues or contact me for details.

Camera-ready advertisements also most welcome.

Reykia Fick
Editor, and The Canadian Friend

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‘Quaker Concern’ through the decades

Quaker Concern has a new website – and a long and rich history reporting about Friends’ service work via the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC).

Quaker Concern then

The oldest copy of Quaker Concern still in the basement of Friends House in Toronto is Volume 2, Number 3, dating from 1976. It’s shocking to see that the cover story of this issue, about logging and mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows in northern Ontario, is still relevant today.

Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) was founded in 1931, uniting Friends from the then three different Yearly Meetings in Canada to work collectively on shared concerns of peace, integrity, equality, simplicity, community, and respect for all creation. The Quaker Reporter was established to report on the service work Friends did within CFSC, and in 1975, the publication was renamed Quaker Concern.

Articles from the earliest Quaker Concern reflect active threads within CFSC’s program work today. Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) continues to support the long struggle for justice as mercury continues to poison the people of Grassy Narrows. The Ontario and federal governments have finally made promises about remediation work to address the remaining mercury, and we must continue to hold them to account for these promises.

Quaker Concern now

In other articles from this 1976 issue we read about Friends’ concerns for peace internationally and for the treatment of people who have committed a crime. We see a powerful letter written by someone incarcerated in Toronto’s Don Jail, discussing the importance of social justice and positive change before reconciliation can truly be achieved. CFSC’s work continues to centre around criminal justice, peace, and Indigenous Peoples’ human rights, with a focus on themes like reconciliation.

We continue to send a print copy of Quaker Concern to more than 2,000 people in Canada and 18 other countries. We have now added a website to help share Quaker Concern with a wider audience.

It is fitting that the first issue of Quaker Concern on the new website features an article by Murray Thomson, who also had an article in Quaker Concern in 1976. It is a testament to Friends’ quiet and steady work for positive change. This work has achieved so much, yet it is fragile, and can easily be eroded as the conditions for just peace turn into conditions of injustice and war. So CFSC’s work remains important, and we thank everyone who has been a part of it.

Submitted by Matthew Legge in his role as Communications Coordinator for CFSC.

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CYM Clerk

May 1, 2017

Dear Friends

I am writing to let you know that Nancy McInnes, who has been serving as Presiding Clerk of Canadian Yearly Meeting, has felt the need to step down from this role effective immediately.  I want to express our thanks to Nancy for the service that she has given to CYM!  Nancy is happy for Friends to be in touch with her about this should they so desire, including at Western Half-Yearly Meeting later this month that she is planning to attend.

I will continue serving as Mentoring Clerk, assuming all the clerking responsibilities at this time with the support of Barbara Horvath, Clerk of Trustees and Anne-Marie Zilliacus, Treasurer of CYM, both of whom serve on the Committee of Clerks.

At this time no names have come forward to Nominating Committee for the role of Incoming Clerk.  Please hold this matter in the Light, and undertake careful discernment to see if there is anyone in your Meeting who may be led to do this service at this time or within the next year.  I have offered to CYM to extend my term of service as Mentoring Clerk for a year.  However, if this is accepted we will need to find Incoming Clerks for both 2017 and 2018.  Names may be forwarded to Heidi Dick, Clerk of Nominating Committee at

Please hold us all in the Light as we move through this transition, but especially Nancy as she moves on.

Yours in peace

Elaine Bishop

Mentoring Clerk


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