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Western Half-Yearly Meeting: May 19-22, Sorrento, BC

The 2017 spring gathering of Western Half-Yearly Meeting will be held at Sorrento Centre in Sorrento, BC, from May 19-22. While the main gathering begins in the late afternoon on Friday, many Friends choose to arrive on Thursday evening to take advantage of the opportunity for some informal retreat time during the day on Friday. This year, as our Saturday evening event, WHYM will host the Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture with Steve Fick of Ottawa MM! See the description below. Because of this, we expect we’ll see a few Friends who have never attended Western Half Yearly Meeting before, as well as a few who’ve been away. We’re delighted to welcome you all.


Falling into Grace – 2017 Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture by Steve Fick

Death will inevitably make us an offer that we cannot refuse—to surrender into the vastness of a power that is beyond our ability to comprehend. In the meantime, our daily life offers us ongoing opportunities to begin that process of surrender – to “die before we die,” and in so doing, to awaken to a deeper aliveness–a “falling into grace” that turns our mortality into a spiritual companion.

Our Quaker ancestors considered death to be a spiritual event that involved the whole community. When we hide death away, or treat it primarily as a medical event to be managed by professionals, we discourage the dying from doing the profound soul work they need to do as they prepare to enter into this great mystery. As well, the living are robbed of what the dying process might teach them.


There will also be worship, balancing, special interest groups, Meeting for Worship for Business, plenty of time for fellowship, swimming in the lake (it’s cold!), walks in the woods, and all of the cherished traditions of Friends’ gatherings.

Click on the link below for registration information and forms. Note that registrations should be submitted by May 5th.

In the immortal words of Dennis the Menace, sometimes we forget that we’re talking to someone who doesn’t know what we’re talking about. Please be sure to reach out if you have questions about anything!

Contact the clerk, Stephanie Deakin, if you’d like to lead an event or activity during the day on Friday, a Special Interest Group, or with your questions.

WHYM is an intergeneration event with something for everyone. You are welcome here. I look forward to seeing you all in May!


In Friendship,

Stephanie Deakin Ricketts

WHYM Clerk

Registration Information / Registration Form



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Representative Meeting – June 28-30

Mark your calendars!  Representative Meeting will take place in Toronto at Friends House from June 28-30.  Correspondence has already been sent to all Committee Clerks and Monthly Meeting Clerks with respect to submitting Committee Reports, State of Society Reports, MM statistics and agenda items.  All reports must be submitted by April 30 to  If you would like a copy of the correspondence, please let us know.  The Draft Agenda and Reports will be available on the Business side of this site once they are received under Documents/RM Docs.

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Welcoming our New Editor: Reykia Fick

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Reykia Fick, new editor for The Canadian Friend and

Publications and Communications Committee is delighted to announce that Reykia Fick has accepted the contract to edit and The Canadian Friend.  Reykia brings extensive experience writing and editing for digital and print media, including in her current role with Greenpeace Canada and for Fairtrade International.  She has also served Quaker communities in a variety of roles, including with Canadian Friends Service Committee.  She lives in Ottawa and is a member of Ottawa Monthly Meeting.

We look forward to working with Reykia to develop our electronic and print publications in their continuing evolution.

Look out for upcoming announcements as we finalize a schedule for The Canadian Friend and updated guidelines for the website. In the meantime, if you have comments or questions about the website or The Canadian Friend, please contact

Chris Hitchcock, Clerk, Publications and Communications Committee

Posted March 10, 2017.
Contact information updated June 11, 2017.

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NOW CLOSED – Call for Proposals Reopened: Editor for The Canadian Friend and


Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) is reopening the Call for Proposals for a contractor to edit The Canadian Friend and to upload materials to our website, CYM is a religious organization of Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) in Canada.

This Call for Proposals was originally posted in the summer of 2016.  However, due to unexpected delays, no hiring decision was made. Previous applicants are welcomed but not required to submit updates; they will continue to be considered unless they notify the Committee to withdraw their application.  Please note the change in number of issues of The Canadian Friend from 2 to 3.

The contractor will solicit material, edit and produce three issues of The Canadian Friend (CF) per year, to appear throughout the year. Working with an editorial committee, the contractor will set editorial direction for The Canadian Friend. The contractor will receive requests for advertising in The Canadian Friend and communicate with advertisers. The contractor will work in InDesign, and send the issue of The Canadian Friend to the printer, as well as creating a PDF version to be posted on the website. Past issues of The Canadian Friend can be viewed at

Material from The Canadian Friend will also be used as content on, our website.

The editor will solicit and receive additional content to be posted on

The editor will also use our Facebook presence to post information about material in The Canadian Friend, upcoming deadlines, and posts. is a WordPress multisite web page, with public-facing and private sections. Maintenance of the public site will include posting materials, updating contact information, and other updates as requested. The private sections of consist of internal documents and committee web pages. The contractor may be asked to post materials, or to provide technical support to committees posting their own materials.

The contractor is responsible for providing space, software and hardware required for the work, including InDesign, image processing abilities (such as resizing and cropping photos for web use and print), and internet access.

The contractor should have demonstrable experience with InDesign, WordPress and the production of print and/or on-line magazines. Experience with unprogrammed Quaker meetings, particularly within CYM, is desirable. Previous experience or training in journalism, editing and social media is an advantage.


  • three issues of The Canadian Friend per year
  • regular posting of materials for, to be posted twice weekly on a schedule mutually agreed upon by the editor and Publications and Communications committee.
  • regular posting of new material on the blog for (at least 2 posts per month)

Production of The Canadian Friend will be paid for up to 100 h per issue. Web editor work is expected to be 10 h / month.

This is a one-year contract, to be renewed on mutual agreement for an additional two years, with the possibility of further extension. Work is to be invoiced monthly, and will be paid at a rate of $35/h by the CYM bookkeeper following approval by the Clerk of Publications and Communications committee.

To apply, please send a letter outlining experience and interest in the position, with resume and any other supporting information. Questions and applications may be sent to

Applications should be received by Monday, February 6, 2017 by 5PM Pacific Time.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Friday, February 10, 2017, and notified of the final results by February 27, 2017.

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